Awkward Royal Wave

Prince+William in Royal Wedding - Carriage Procession To Buckingham Palace And Departures
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Getty Images)more pics As photos from the royal wedding pour in, we've noticed a few things: Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry looking good while flirting with eachother, lots of pictures of adorable looking kids in way too fancy clothing, old important figures that we don't fully recognize, but realize they're important anyway because they're old, and our favorite, awkward royal hand waves.

Yes, the awkward royal wave is something we don't see often, but when we do, we love it! The gesticulating Brits were out in full force for the royal wedding, waving their hands around like it was their job. From Prince Harry to Kate Middleton, our photographers caught plenty of the distinguished guests in the awkward act, and below we've got the pictures as proof.

The history of the royal wave is sure to be as old and rich and as England herself, but what really concerns us is how bad most people look doing it, like Harry here above, who looks like a tennis player apologizing for a lucky shot.

But enough talking about the royal wave. Just enjoy these pictures below:

Even the kids got in on the act!

Pippa+Middleton in Pippa Middleton Arrives at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding
Friday April 29 2011. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
Prince William and Kate Middleton get in a weird royal wave from their vintage Aston Martin get-away car:

Kate+Middleton in Newlywed Royals Leave Wedding Reception
TRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves to well wishers as she and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Getty Images)more pics »High-Five! No, no, we're just waving.

Kate+Middleton in Royal Wedding - The Newlyweds Greet Wellwishers From The Buckingham Palace Balcony
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Getty Images)more pics »
Before the wedding, Kate got in some awkward royal wave practice:

Kate+Middleton in Kate Middleton Arrives at Westminster Abbey the Night Before the Wedding
Catherine Middelton waves to the crowds of bystanders on the eve of her marriage to Prince William at Westminster Abbey. Kate was with her sister Pippa and mum Carole outside the Goring Hotel near Bukcingham Palace in London. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »Harry doesn't actually look too awkward with this wave, but the close-up of his ridiculous get-up makes it enjoyable anyway.

Prince+Harry in Newlywed Royals Leave Wedding Reception
Prince Harry arrives at Clarence House after leaving Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Getty Images)more pics »

OK -- this really shouldn't qualify as a royal wave of any kind. It's more of a royal "I've been up and forced to ride in this carriage for 5 hours, while pretending I'm awake and interested in this wedding thing," face scratch. But, her hat is so pretty!
Queen+Elizabeth+II in Royal Wedding - Carriage Procession To Buckingham Palace And Departures
Queen Elizabeth II makes the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Getty Images)more pics »



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