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The Real Message Behind the Royal Kiss
On April 29, 2011 Prince William and Kate Middleton became husband and wife. After the nuptials were over, people all over the world waited with anticipation for the traditional kiss on the balcony. Many people who had the opportunity to see the two second kiss were somewhat disappointed. Prince William was accused of holding out, and the kiss has now been tagged “the royal peck.” The question here is what is the meaning of a kiss really? Is there a profound message to Prince William's kiss? These questions believe or not have an answer and they can be found here.
Remarkably, there is an actual history behind the act of kissing, according to historian Ernest Crawley, and it dates back to the time of the Romans and the Greeks. Crawley explains when he says, “kissing was common among the Greeks and Romans as when parents kissed their children, or when lovers and married persons kissed. The kiss in Western societies was also used in various religious and ceremonial acts, as where the kiss had a sacramental value. Crawley concludes that generally, although kissing was prevalent in some form since primitive times, it ‘received its chief development in Western culture.’” So, according to Crawley the Romans and the Greeks were the only ones that were smart enough to know that when people had feelings of love toward one another, it made sense to kiss.
Regardless of where the kiss originated this is an act that is universal when anyone is in love or loves someone else. There are many different types of kisses. There is the standard romantic or sexual kiss which shows a want of more than friendship. People who like one another but not in a romantic way would use the friendship kiss which may be a harmless touch on the cheek. The kiss of affection would be the one that is associated with a mother and a child.
When listening to some of the comments of disappointment towards Prince William’s kiss, it seems that there were many individuals who wanted to see a kiss with passion, where Princess Kate was left breathless and dazed in front of the world. Come on people step into the man’s shoes for a day, he was standing in front of millions of people.
The kiss that William gave Kate that day is called the Best is Yet to Come Kiss. The message was clear that William would take care of everything later. It was a clean kiss that demonstrated that he was teasing her at the moment but later he would fulfill all of her desires. Gwendolyn Bond-Upson explains this in the article What Does a Kiss Mean? 9 Kisses Decoded, when she says “Peck. Sounds innocent, doesn't it? But this quick lip-on-lip contact still sends a message. The primary one? ‘I want to kiss you and—hopefully, sometime soon—make out, but it's early and we're not there yet, so this peck on the lips is a suggestion that there is to be much more smooching in our future.’”
So there you have it folks, Prince William acted as debonair and gallant as his title. He gave his bride the “royal peck,” sealed with a message that the best is yet to come later.