Kate Middleton Copied Charlotte's Signature Wave at Her Last Engagement

Kate Middleton stepped out for a solo engagement with the Queen on Tuesday. Fans noticed that the Duchess of Cambridge copied her young daughter Charlotte's signature crowd-pleasing move, the turn and wave.

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On Tuesday, Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) pulled double duchess duty, first making personal history with her first-ever solo engagement with Queen Elizabeth (opens in new tab) and then following that monumental event up with yet another engagement. Kate's second event (opens in new tab) for the day was a truly solo, all-by-her-lonesome visit to the Foundling Museum in London, where she was announced as a new patron.

During her visit to the Foundling Museum, Kate dazzled the crowd (opens in new tab) of royal fans by borrowing her three-year-old daughter (opens in new tab)Princess Charlotte's (opens in new tab), signature, crowd-pleasing move: The Turn and Wave.

Yeah, it sounds like an Elle Woods-coined move, but it's all Charlotte (opens in new tab), all the way. The young royal first made the Turn and Wave a ~thing~ when she went to meet her baby brother, Prince Louis, for the first time last spring.

In case you need a refresher, Prince William led Charlotte and her big brother, Prince George (opens in new tab), up the steps into the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital. George was making a face that distinctly said, "These cameras are rubbish." Charlotte, on the other hand (opens in new tab), was making a face that said, "I'm ready for my close up, paparazzi." Then, as the icing on the cuteness cake, she paused at the door of the hospital, turned back to the crowd of fans and photographers, and gave a coy little wave. It was perfection:

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Since then, Charlotte has basically trademarked (opens in new tab) the move and made pausing on stairs for a last second, waving photo op, her go-to move.

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Here she is, waving on another set of steps at Princess Eugenie's royal wedding last fall.

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On her way into the Foundling, Kate did her own variation (opens in new tab) on the pause, turn, and wave, and if any other human on the planet was going to do Charlotte's pap-pleasing move justice, it had to be Kate (opens in new tab), right?

Thankfully, the footage is on Twitter:

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.