Kate Middleton’s ‘Happy Feet’ Trick Is How She’s Perfected Posing for Royal Photos

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Kate Middleton, 41, is not only a pro behind the camera, but she's also a master of posing in front of it. Of course, as a British royal, she's probably been taught a few things about showing off her best angles, and now, royal fans are circulating a trick that the Princess of Wales secretly utilizes.

In a behind-the-scenes video from February 2022 (as shared by @the.royal.watcher on TikTok), Princess Catherine is seen posing for pictures with Queen Margrethe II and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. The video sees the queen ask the then-duchess to scoot closer for a photo, and if you look closely, you'll see that Catherine subtly shuffles her feet to the side, in a move similar to the viral heel-toe/“happy feet” dance move.

So, What Exactly Does Princess Catherine Do?

Basically, instead of taking large steps while the cameras are flashing, the Princess of Wales alternates between heel and toe, slowly shuffling her feet to the side to get closer to the people she's taking photos with.

What Is the Point of This Trick?

As one commenter pointed out, there seems to be a logical reason that the princess does this shuffle. When one user asked why she didn't just step over, a different viewer wrote: “Because people take pictures every second so it would look awkward if there was just a picture of her taking a giant step forward.” Wow, we didn't even think about this.

And as we perused pictures from this photo op, sure enough, the Princess of Wales looked poised in every single one—even the snaps where she was scooting over to the side.

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Does the Princess of Wales Have Any Other Hacks?

This certainly isn't the only way that Princess Catherine has perfected the art of posing for pictures. Thanks to insider scoops, we've learned that she does everything from wearing strapless bodysuits instead of bras (to avoid those pesky bra straps) to adding hem weights to her skirts to keep them from blowing up.

Meanwhile, as The Sun previously pointed out, royal fashion expert Miranda Holder used a TikTok to show how the Princess of Wales always keeps her chin parallel with the ground. “She has simply been trained to always keep her chin parallel to the ground,” Holder says. “She doesn’t tilt it down, she doesn’t tilt it up, and that ensures a flattering photograph every single time.”

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We're taking diligent notes, Kate.

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