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7 times the royals have adapted to the new handshake - the elbow bump

From Prince Charles to the Duchess of Cambridge...

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
May 20, 2021
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It's safe to say elbow bumps have become the go-to greeting choice among the royals. In recent weeks, as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles have all been pictured saying hello to well-wishers without making too much contact.

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Here at HELLO!, we have rounded up some of our favourite pictures of the royals doing the new handshake in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Duchess of Cambridge

In April, Kate greeted members of the public with an elbow bump at the Cheesy Waffles Project in County Durham.

Prince Harry

Back in March 2020, the Duke of Sussex was spotted giving singer Craig David an "elbow bump" upon meeting him at the Commonwealth Day service. The unusual greeting came just before the UK went into lockdown.

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Prince Charles

During the coronavirus pandemic, Prince Charles ditched the handshake and greeted people with 'namaste' - but he has since been seen doing the elbow bump

On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales happily greeted well-wishers in this way during his visit to Bangor open-air market with his wife Camilla.

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prince charles elbow bump ritz

Back in December, Charles paid a visit to The Ritz in celebration of their 50th birthday. He stopped and greeted a group of passing women with an elbow bump - much to their delight!

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The Duchess of Cornwall

During day one of her royal visit to Northern Ireland this week, Camille met with historians and staff at the Belfast City Hall to hear about the past, present and future of Belfast and learn of the new vision for the city.

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Prince William

Not quite an elbow bump - but one with fists! Earlier this month, Prince William was seen with Guy Rippon, head of Aston Villa Foundation at Aston Villa High Performance Centre at Bodymoor Heath Training Centre.

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King Felipe of Spain

In June 2020, Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain made sure they used the socially-distanced greeting during their tour of the Canary Islands.

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