The Cambridge Kids Are Imitating How Queen Elizabeth Acted During World War II

Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte are making morale-boosting appearances like the ones Queen Elizabeth did during WWII.

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Last week we got video of Kate Middleton and Prince William's three children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—joining in on the "Clap for Our Carers" movement in the UK, to appreciate health workers in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The video was designed for max cuteness, and it fully succeeded, but it also had a practical element: Despite their young ages, the three young royals are out there helping to support and lift up the public in the midst of a crisis. And it's the exact kind of thing that the Queen did when she was growing up in the middle of World War II.

As reported by People, Queen Elizabeth, then Princess Elizabeth, gave her first speech when she was all of 14 years old in 1940 (my tween self would be UNPREPARED to handle this kind of responsibility). Her sister Margaret joined her, all of 10 at the time. 

Elizabeth said in the speech, "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all."

The monarch-to-be added: "We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well; for God will care for us and give us victory and peace. And when peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place." (Weeps uncontrollably)

George, Charlotte, and Louis (6, 4, and almost 2, respectively) are too young to be making speeches yet, but they're still taking part in the roles and responsibilities as royals. I'm excited for the day when we see the kids more, but clearly, like, let the kiddos grow up semi-normally first.

The Queen's full speech is here, and it's worth a listen—some of the points she makes are still relevant:

And, just because we all love it, here are George, Charlotte, and Louis clapping for health workers:

Divine. Louis glancing up to make sure he's not the only one clapping is truly me, every day.

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