‘You need to bow’: Princess Charlotte reminds big brother George of royal protocol

Beitain's Prince George and Princess Charlotte?follow in procession after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a state gun carriage of the Royal Navy, traveled across Horseguards Parade Ground during a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch following the Queen?s funeral service, London, United Kingdom September 19, 2022. Lucy Young/Pool via REUTERS
Beitain's Prince George and Princess Charlotte?follow in procession after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a state gun carriage of the Royal Navy, traveled across Horseguards Parade Ground during a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch following the Queen?s funeral service, London, United Kingdom September 19, 2022. Lucy Young/Pool via REUTERS
Nine-year-old Prince George and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte’s roles in their great-grandmother’s funeral represented a significant break from tradition.

In previous state funerals, the monarch’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren would not have played a formal role, but on the eve of the funeral, it was revealed the two young heirs-to-the-throne would stand alongside their parents and other senior members of the royal family as they walked behind the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Abbey.

Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Queen Camilla, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex stand outside Westminster Abbey after a service on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

George looked grown up in a navy suit and tie, while Charlotte was the spitting image of her mother in a black dress and wide-brimmed hat, wearing a horseshoe brooch in tribute to the Queen.

The children no doubt would have made their ‘Gan-Gan’ proud as they behaved dutifully during the service and procession, at one point Charlotte appearing to whisper to her brother a reminder to bow.

Their younger brother, four-year-old Prince Louis was absent from the funeral, as he was considered too young to take part.

Speaking to Australia’s Governor General David Hurley, Kate, the Princess of Wales, shared how her children were struggling with the news of their great-grandmother’s death.

Prince George was “sort of now realising how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on,” Hurley recalled from his conversation with Kate at Buckingham Palace.

“The younger one is now asking questions like, “do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral and things like that, cause she’s not going to be there?”‘

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