The Evolution of Princess Charlotte's Public Wave

windsor, united kingdom   october 12 embargoed for publication in uk newspapers until 24 hours after create date and time princess charlotte of cambridge attends the wedding of princess eugenie of york and jack brooksbank at st george's chapel on october 12, 2018 in windsor, england photo by poolmax mumbygetty images
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Princess Charlotte is celebrating her fifth birthday today and, for the royal fans in the world, that marks five years of general adorableness and four years of Charlotte stealing the damn show at every single royal family event. In honor of Charlotte kicking off her fifth year on earth, here's a look back at how her signature move—her royal wave—has evolved over the years.

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June 2016

In June 2016, Charlotte's wave made its debut on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour. At just one year old, Charlotte clearly hadn't mastered the move yet, but the foundation of the wave we've all come to know and love was definitely already there.

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October 2016

Later that year, Charlotte already looked more at ease waving goodbye to a group of her Canadian fans/subjects as the Cambridge family prepared to depart from an airport in Victoria during their royal tour of the country.

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June 2017

At her second Trooping the Colour balcony appearance, in 2017, Charlotte stood confidently next to her older brother, Prince George, and waved just as confidently to the crowd.

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July 2017

The next month, Charlotte and her mom, Kate Middleton perfected their royal waves together before departing from Hamburg airport on the last day of the family's official visit to Poland and Germany.

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April 2018

In 2018, Charlotte took her wave game to the next level. In April, Charlotte and George accompanied Prince William to the hospital to meet their then-newborn baby brother, Prince Louis. Charlotte made headlines that day when she turned back to photographers while George and Will marched forward, looking straight ahead. This was the proof we needed that Charlotte loves her fans just as much as we love her.

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May 2018

The next month, Charlotte and her wave stole the show again when she cheekily waved at photographers from a car during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding.

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October 18

By October of 2018, Charlotte had truly come into her own—at least when it came to captivating a crowd with a single waving palm. She proved exactly that with this confident, crowd-pleasing moment during Princess Eugenie's royal wedding.

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June 2019

At the 2019 Trooping the Colour, Charlotte started to experiment with her wave, as if preparing to evolve to a whole new wave stage of her life. The highlight was this double-handed wave, which seems to scream "LOOK AT ME (and not at George)!"

london, united kingdom   september 5 princess charlotte, waves as she arrives for her first day at school, with her brother prince george and her parents the duke and duchess of cambridge, at thomas's battersea in london on september 5, 2019 in london, england photo by aaron chown   wpa poolgetty images
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September 2019

While walking to school with her parents and older brother in 2019, Charlotte proved that she's always on—not just during big moments in front of a cheering crowd. The young royal gave cameras a wave—and stuck her tongue out at them for good measure.

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April 2020

This spring, Charlotte put her years of experience waving and applauding in public to good use when she stepped out with the rest of the Cambridge fam to cheer on essential workers during the coronavirus panemic.

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