• Here's the Secret Why the Kids Were So Well-Behaved at the Royal Wedding

    And it’s not just because they’re members of the royal family
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • It’s been a few days since the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but we can’t help it — we’re still obsessing over all the beautiful details! From her dress, Prince Harry’s famous lip bite, and all the touching family moments, it was truly befitting to be called the wedding of the year.

    But, for parents watching the wedding, you probably had one question in mind: How the heck did they manage to make the bridesmaids and page boys do as they are told (and models of discipline really) during the wedding ceremony?

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    There was a total of 10 kids who held important roles during the wedding, including siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte. You’d think it was a recipe for disaster — most of them were toddlers and kids who are at this stage have little to no self-control — but everyone was surprisingly cooperative. So, how did they do it?

    The keyword: Practice (and maybe some promised treats?)

    “Etiquette training for the royals start as soon as they’re old enough to sit at a table,” Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette, a school that teaches courses on etiquette in New York City, tells People. “They are raised having formal meals, going to formal events, and practicing everything from voice levels to dressing appropriately to even, of course, how to curtsy and bow. The children in the wedding would have been very well prepared through rehearsals and even learned wedding specific behavior and protocol.”

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    Even so, toddlers are quite unpredictable that even the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton, is no stranger to her little ones throwing a tantrum (see her in action above during her sister Pippa Middleton's wedding). Not to mention, most of the page boys and bridesmaids were not members of the royal family — they were godsons and goddaughters of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    You’d better believe they had lots of help on hand to maintain the peace. “They would have many royal aides and members of the royal family to assist and guide the children through the day,” says Meier. “If there were any issues, they would have been seamlessly taken care of.”

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    There was also a wedding rehearsal, or as a British tabloid reported, there were two wedding rehearsals because the first one "was so chaotic." The decision to have their moms accompany them up to the stairs to the chapel was supposedly made during the second rehearsal.

    And remember after they walked the aisle, the children continued on to the side of the chapel — they weren't seated with the family and guests. (You can bet their promised treats awaited them.) We didn't see them again until after the ceremony, and they accompanied the couple outside the church.

    After the ceremony, of course, it was back to regular programming.

     

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    If you want your kids to emulate the page boys and bridesmaids when attending an important event of your own, instilling discipline through practice should start at least a month before the occasion. You want him to get used to the role. Positive reinforcement and rewarding good behavior help greatly, too, as Meier advises.

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    And in the event that your child still makes a scene after all that practice? Well, that's life. Take a deep breath and smile like a princess! 

    [h/t: PopSugar]

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