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It’s long been Cambridge lore that Princess Charlotte rules the roost—and that was on full display this morning at the Trooping the Colour carriage procession, when she adorably stopped little Prince Louis from waving too much (not that he listened!).
It was, as PEOPLE put it, a “total big sister moment” for Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4. Louis has long been an enthusiastic waver—who can forget his first Buckingham Palace balcony appearance at Trooping the Colour in 2019?—and Charlotte has long been a protector of her little brother. In official portraits from Louis’ christening in 2018, Charlotte adorably holds his hand and gazes at him with love (while everyone else smiles at the camera).
Today, older brother Prince George, 8, Charlotte, and Louis all made their carriage procession debut, sitting across from mum Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Louis sat in the middle of George and Charlotte, and both Charlotte and Louis enthusiastically waved to the crowds assembled, until Charlotte took a break. Louis just kept on waving—until Charlotte stopped him by taking his hand and putting it on his lap. But, just a moment later, Louis kept on waving, undeterred.
Those weren’t the last waves of the day—Louis stole the show later on his second Buckingham Palace balcony appearance, standing beside the Queen and waving to jubilant crowds, putting his hands over his ears to muffle the Royal Air Force flypast, and making dozens of other gestures and faces throughout his entire time on the balcony.
These Cambridge kids—we love them!
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the weekend editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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