Kate Middleton’s Trick for Keeping Her Three Kids Calm During Trooping the Colour

The Cambridge kids, save for a minor squabble, were incredibly well-behaved during the carriage procession.

Prince George Princess Charlotte Prince Louis
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Riding down the Mall in a carriage with thousands of well-wishers cheering and screaming your name would be an overwhelming experience for anyone—especially three children in particular, ages eight, seven, and four, who took part in their first Trooping the Colour carriage procession yesterday.

Of course, we’re talking about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trio Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, who took part in the festivities yesterday honoring their great-grandmother (or “Gan-Gan,” as she is known) the Queen. The three rode across from their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. And, according to The Mirror, even as happy chaos swirled around them, Kate kept interjecting her voice—obviously one of the most familiar ones the kids know—to keep them calm.

“With all eyes on George, 8, Charlotte, 7, and four-year-old Louis, they could all be forgiven for finding the whole occasion a little overwhelming,” the outlet writes. “Kate expertly kept the three children calm as they travelled towards Horse Guards Parade by pointing out flags in the crowd and explaining where they were going.”

According to a lipreader, Kate appeared to say “This is wonderful! Look at all these people!” in an attempt to quell the kids getting overwhelmed by such a momentous event, The Mirror reports.

“Eagle-eyed viewers also saw Louis spot Prince William, who took part in the parade on horseback, exclaiming ‘Look, that’s Dad!’ from the carriage,” writes the outlet. “The Duchess was also thought to have told her children, ‘Look at these colors and all the flags!” as they passed thousands of well-wishers on the Mall, some of whom had been camping for over two days to secure a prime spot.”

Both George and Charlotte visibly mouthed “Wow” when they saw the crowds lining the procession route. George also asked mom Kate where the carriage planned on stopping.

“When the national anthem was played as the carriage entered Horse Guards Parade, the three young children respectfully bowed their heads,” The Mirror writes.

And, as Marie Claire reported on yesterday, a little squabble broke out in the carriage when Charlotte thought little brother Louis was waving too enthusiastically. It blew over quickly, and Louis kept right on waving.

“It was the first time the Cambridge children had taken part in the military parade together, and their excitement was more than understandable,” The Mirror reports. 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.