At the funeral for the queen, Princess Charlotte, age 7, instructs Prince George, age 9, to bow.
The legacy of Queen Elizabeth II endures.
During the funeral for their great-grandmother on Monday, Princess Charlotte was seen instructing her older brother, Prince George, on how to act.
Charlotte, age 7, leans into George, age 9, and gestures with her hands as she appears to whisper, “You need to bow,” in a little clip from the opulent ceremony in London, England. The next in line to the throne listened carefully before acknowledging with a nod of his head.
While his younger sister curtsied in unison with their mother, Kate Middleton, their aunt, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, and their step-grandmother, Queen Consort Camilla, George bowed his head as the coffin of the late monarch passed the two oldest children of the newly appointed Prince and Princess of Wales at Wellington Arch.
But Charlotte embodied more than just Elizabeth’s commitment to upholding royal protocol during the highly publicized spectacle, as she arrived wearing her first piece of significant jewelry: a diamond horseshoe brooch reportedly gifted to her by her great-grandmother.
When the tiny princess went to the Westminster Abbey liturgy, she also put on a cap for the first time.
Charlotte experienced emotional moments throughout the solemn, all-day occasion, much like her aunt Meghan and her regal grandfather King Charles III.
Before taking her daughter’s hand and guiding her into the crowded church, Middleton was seen resting her hand on the back of the crying child.
Prince Louis, the 4-year-old son of Middleton and Prince William, was not present because his mother said he was having trouble understanding the Queen’s passing.
All three Mountbatten-Windsor children were present at numerous ceremonies honouring Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in June, when Charlotte was once again seen making sure her brothers behaved appropriately.
Charlotte gently reminded Louis not to wave so much during the Trooping the Colour procession and then urged George to straighten up while watching the Pageant parade.