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The surprising meaning behind the Queen’s iconic wave revealed

According to The Royal House of Windsor on Netflix, King George V drastically increased the monarch’s public engagements. George’s many public outings meant he would have to shake hands a lot. This, in turn, meant his wrist would ache a lot.

His son King Edward VIII would have to visit a doctor after it began to ache from repetitive waving.

The documentary explained: “Once on tour, the prince shook so many hands he was ordered by his doctor to rest his right hand and use his left.”

As a result, to prevent injuries in future, the royal wave was made slower and more controlled.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained on ABC News in 2012 that it’s “a vertical hand with a slight twist from the wrist, a classy affair that oozes decorum but doesn't get too excitable.”

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The Queen waves to avoid injury (Image: GETTY)


The Queen and her sister waving with their grandparents (Image: GETTY)

The Queen’s daughter, Anne, Princess Royal avoids shaking hands all together to protect her wrist: "The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everybody, so don’t start.

“So I kind of stick with that, but I noticed others don’t.”

Anne also told writer Robert Hardman for his book, Queen of the World, an incident involving some Australian students and the Queen’s hands.

The students gave her a fake hand as a gift: “They gave her a stuffed glove on a wooden lever so that you could tweak the end of the lever and this hand went to and fro.

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King Edward VIII after succeeding his father (Image: GETTY)

“I think they thought it was rather cheeky but Her Majesty was thrilled.”

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This means Her Majesty is also the Queen of Australia.

She is represented in the nation by a Governor-General.


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Princess Anne says she avoids handshakes (Image: GETTY)

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Letters revealing the Queen's role in Gough Whitlam's sacking could soon be revealed (Image: GETTY)

The Queen’s involvement in the sacking of Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister in Canberra may soon be revealed.

A court had ordered letters from the Queen, her private secretary and governor-general be declassified to shed some light on the controversy.

The National Archive has said it will wait 90 days to declassify the letters.

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The Windsor family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

This disappointed historian Jenny Hocking who accused the archive of not matching the court order.

Ms Hoking explained: “Now this is a pretty significant difference.

“That is one of the reasons that I am extremely disappointed that this statement, saying [90 days] so definitively, has gone out at the same time that I was meeting David Fricker, while we were actually discussing this very point.”

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The Queen waving at Trooping the Colour (Image: GETTY)

The archives said Tuesday it needs to examine whether any exemptions applied to release of the letters.

In a statement, the archives explained: “As a pro-disclosure organisation the National Archives is working hard to ensure this process is undertaken as quickly as possible.

“This requires a thorough examination of the records in consultation with relevant government agencies, to ready them for public release.”

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