Princess Charlotte looked delighted to ditch her brothers and join her female cousins today at Horse Guard’s Parade ahead of Trooping the Colour.
The seven-year-old daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton adorably poked her head out of the window to peer down at the parade alongside her second cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips and Mia and Lena Tindall.
Savannah, 11, is the Queen’s eldest greatgrandchild and the daughter of Peter Philips and his ex-wife Autumn Kelly. She was joined by sister Isla, 10. Meanwhile, Mia, eight, and Lena, three, are the daughters of Peter’s sister Zara and her husband Mike Tindall.
Charlotte, who earlier rode down the Mall with her mother Kate Middleton, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall and brothers George and Louis before joining senior members of the Firm on the balcony.
The fourth-in-line dressed in a pastel chiffon dress from Patachou and tied her half back.
Princess Charlotte looked delighted to ditch her brothers and join her female cousins today at Horse Guard’s Parade ahead of Trooping the Colour. The seven-year-old daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton adorably poked her head out of the window to peer down at the parade alongside her second cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips and Mia and Lena Tindall
Savannah (left) 11, is the Queen’s eldest greatgrandchild and the daughter of Peter Philips and his ex-wife Autumn Kelly. She was joined by sister Isla (second right), 10. Meanwhile, Mia (right) eight, and Lena (front) three, are the daughters of Peter’s sister Zara and her husband Mike Tindall
The fourth-in-line dressed in a pastel chiffon dress from Patachou and tied her half back as she ditched her brothers for her female cousins
Princess Charlotte (left) and Mia Grace Tindall watch the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade. The cousins are close in age and often play together
Boy bye! Princess Charlotte left her brothers behind to join her female cousins at the window instead. Prince Louis is pictured left and George right
Earlier in the day, cousins Mia and Charlotte were seen playing together – including some gentle patting – ahead of the Buckingham Palace flypast today.
At one point, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared to try and keep the lively duo in line.
Spotted through the palace windows as the senior royals prepared to step out onto the balcony ahead of the flypast of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force, the two cousins looked to be thoroughly enjoying each others’ company.
Meanwhile, Zara Tindall was stunning scarlet today as she donned a £450 silk Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike.
Brother Peter kept a low profile, but was spotted in the background behind the children at Horseguard’s Parade.
The cousins are all close, with Mike Tindall previously revealing he heard about the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie, via a message on the royal cousins’ WhatsApp group.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: ‘[Harry will] be a great dad. We’ll just let him ease into it himself, find out his own way. The thing is, we’re so lucky with ours; ours have always slept so hopefully they’ll get that as well.
‘Obviously, he’s godfather to Lena, but we’ve got a great group of young ones in the family now. Lena and obviously Louis are similar ages and Mia’s sort of in between Charlotte and George, and then you’ve got Peter’s children Savannah and Isla who are just a little bit older.
Cousins Mia Tindall, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, are spotted giggling through the window at Buckingham Palace as they prepared to watch the gun salute and flypast
Quite a view! Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall on the balcony, with Princess Beatrice in the background
Lady Louise, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex is also spotted in the background as the royals await the 1pm flypast
Meghan Markle puts her finger to her lips next to Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade in London today
‘James (Viscount Severn, Prince Edward’s son) is, well not exactly the ring leader, but he’s the oldest. So, yeah, it’s going to be a good little group. And Harry, he’s busy, but he loves playing with them all and he’ll be a good dad.’
Earlier, Meghan Markle, appearing for the first time in the UK since leaving for the US with Prince Harry in 2020, also appeared to try and keep the royal children calm as she appeared on a balcony with Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lena and Mia Tindall.
Charlotte is likely to meet Lilibet, who turns one tomorrow, for the first time this weekend. Archie has not been in the UK since he was six months old.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, chatted with 11-year-old Savannah and sister Isla, 10, together with Lena Tindall, three, and her older sister Mia, eight, appeared to shush the smiling children as they chatted at the window.
During the royal bout of sparring, Mia, dressed in a cream dress with a floral design, and matched with a red headband, giggled with her younger cousin as they awaited their moment in the spotlight.
Seven-year-old Charlotte, who looked elegant in a cornflower chiffon blue dress with bow detail by Patachou, and wore her hair loose with a neat braid and matching blue ribbon, was seen batting hands with her cousin – with both girls laughing.
Later, the pair joined Prince George and Prince Louis to lean out of the window, getting a bird’s eye view of the thousands of people lining the Mall below.
Meghan Markle, appearing for the first time in the UK since leaving the country in 2020, appeared to shush the royal children as she appeared on a balcony with Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lena and Mia Tindall
Cheers go up from thousands of spectators in The Mall in London as they catch sight of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with proud parent Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall during Trooping the Colour this morning
Earlier today, Princess Charlotte wasn’t entirely happy with her little brother’s enthusiasm for greeting the gathered crowds as they left Buckingham Palace, telling the four-year-old to ‘stop waving’
Following the Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London this morning, the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, senior royals gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the flypast at 1pm.
Earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children had taken centre stage in the first royal carriage down the Mall at the start of Trooping the Colour – as four days of Platinum Jubilee celebration kicked off in style.
Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, joined the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall on Horse Guards Parade for the historic event.
Proving that sibling rivalry can rear its head even on the most regal of occasions, Princess Charlotte was spotted ticking off her little brother Louis for waving too enthusiastically at crowds.
The Queen was joined by other royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony today in front of tens of thousands of cheering Britons amid joyous scenes at Trooping the Colour as her historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations began.
The 96-year-old monarch, who wore her Guards brooch and the blue Angela Kelly outfit used in her official Platinum Jubilee portrait, exclaimed ‘incredible!’ when she took the salute after arriving from Windsor Castle.
The Queen then returned to the balcony around half an hour later to watch the RAF flypast featuring the Red Arrows along with senior royals including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate and their children.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not make an appearance on the Palace balcony but were reunited with some of their relatives as they kept a low profile inside a room of the Major General’s Office at the other end of The Mall on Horse Guards Parade, where they watched Charles inspect guardsmen and officers and take their salute.
It comes after months of speculation over where the Sussexes would stand and whether they would even attend the Jubilee amid an ongoing security row. In the end, they were only allowed to watch from the room overlooking the Whitehall parade ground after the Queen declared that only senior working royals could join her at the Palace.
The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London today
Crowds look up from The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London today
Wearing sunglasses, the Queen looked joyful as she surveyed the patriotic scenes, giving broad smiles while enjoying the six-minute flypast which involved 70 aircraft, including Apache helicopters, Typhoons and the Red Arrows. Fifteen RAF Typhoons paid a special tribute to the Queen’s reign, flying in the formation of the number 70.
While Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all appeared, there was no place on the Palace balcony today for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew given that none of them are no longer working royals.
From their Horse Guards Parade balcony, Meghan and Harry were seen putting their finger to their lips next to Savannah Philips, Mia and Lena Tindall in an apparent attempt to quieten the children. The Sussexes also spoke with the Duke of Kent, who joined his cousin the Queen for both of her trips onto the Palace balcony.
Queen Elizabeth II stands with Prince Charles to watch a special flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wave during the flypast as they stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony today
Queen Elizabeth II points as she stands next to Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon
(From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike.
On the second trip, Charles stood on the Queen’s right-hand side and the pair could be seen chatting and smiling. Huge cheers of ‘hooray’ erupted outside and as the aircraft approached, the Queen could be seen looking ahead and smiling. Meanwhile, Louis waved towards the sky and rested his chin in his hands.
The Queen could also be seen interacting with Louis, who was standing next to her on the balcony. And the young prince was photographed holding his hands over his ears as the aircraft soared overhead. The monarch smiled throughout the flypast and waved at the crowds before going back into the palace.
When the Queen made her appearance on the balcony there was a delayed reaction from the crowds in The Mall and spectators sat in the stands built for tomorrow’s Party at the Palace. A cheer went up when they spotted her on screens and she smiled as the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment passed the gates of Buckingham Palace. The troopers took around five minutes to ride past as the Queen chatted to the Duke of Kent.
Other Royal Family members had started off the Trooping the Colour festivities earlier today – with the Duchess of Cambridge and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis waving for excited crowds.
This morning, three carriages carrying Royal Family members left the forecourt of Buckingam Palace and travelled down the Mall. The Duchess of Cornwall rode alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first carriage.
George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and three-year-old Louis smiled and waved enthusiastically as they sat in a row, known as a barouche, with Louis in the middle of his older siblings.
They were followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn; then the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.
The nation is embracing the special extended four-day bank holiday weekend of pomp, pageantry and star-studded festivities, which will see celebrities and the public gather in their millions in tribute to the monarch.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on your remarkable Platinum Jubilee. The whole country, Commonwealth and world thank you for your unwavering duty and service. Vivat Regina Elizabetha! God Save The Queen!’