Prince Louis took a leaf out of his big sister’s book on the weekend, busting out his very first royal wave to the assembled masses, and tackling it in brilliantly enthusiastic style.
Trooping The Colour
The Cambridge family joined other members of the royal family for Trooping The Colour, a series of parades, fly-overs and carriage rides, all culminating in a mass appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
This was Prince Louis’ very first balcony pop-up and he took to the occasion like a duck to water, delighting his parents (who giggled their way through the event) and also royal fans. Louis is seen wearing an adorable smocked shirt and blue shorts, an outfit previously worn by his uncle Prince Harry on the very same balcony back in 1986.
Taking his cue from Princess Charlotte, little Louis looked up at the squadron flying overhead and then waved wildly at the planes – first checking in with his siblings with a glance or two to be sure he was doing what was expected.
Louis can be heard above the camera shutters clicking, calling, “Bye! bye!” to the jets zooming above him, encouraged by his smiling mum, Duchess Kate.
Prince William is equally chuffed, leaning in to ask his toddler son if he likes what he sees.
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Happy Birthday to Her Majesty The Queen! The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark the Sovereigns' birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour. 📷PA @TheRoyalFamily #TroopingtheColour #BuckinghamPalace #QBP2019
A big day for the little royals
This adorable spectacle was further proof that Louis and Charlotte are very bonded and that the littlest prince looks up to his siblings – especially Princess Charlotte – and follows her lead.
Charlotte appeared relaxed and confident during the appearance, taking royal life and all its pomp and splendour in her stride as usual. She busts out a double-armed wave before refining it to a more royal single-armed effort.
Royal fans also loved seeing Prince George again, although the little boy seemed a bit exhausted after what had – no doubt- been a very big day already. He’s seen rubbing his eyes on what looks like a very bright and sunny day, and honestly, it must be a lot for a five-year-old to tackle.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis join The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily to watch the @RoyalAirForceUK @RAFRedArrows fly past over Buckingham Palace, following Trooping the Colour, The Queen’s Birthday Parade. Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The Queen's official birthday.📷PA @TheRoyalFamily #TroopingtheColour #BuckinghamPalace #QBP2019
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and members of The Royal Family at the annual Trooping the Colour, to celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour orginated from traditional preparations for battle and has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years. In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces regularly assembled to “troop" colours or flags down the rank, so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced this parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour is performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies for The Queen’s birthday parade, allowing them to pay a personal tribute to Her Majesty. Today over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians came together on Horse Guards Parade in London in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. The parade concludes with a 41-gun salute fired by The King’s Troop, following which The Queen leads members of The Royal Family back to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force flypast display. Photos credit: PA
King William imminent?
How lovely to see William, Kate and their kids having such a brilliant time and looking so happy and relaxed.
It’s hard not to wonder if their front-and-centre appearance, as the wildly popular Harry and Meghan were relegated to the very rear of the balcony, is perhaps a hint that William is set to take the throne sooner rather than later.
Perhaps Charles is NOT going to step into his mother, the Queen’s, shoes at all. The youthful and much loved William and Kate certainly appear more than ready to take on this high-profile role.
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While we were busy admiring #MeghanMarkle's navy Givenchy dress and cape jacket, it was #PrinceLouis's adorable blue-and-white outfit that stole the show at Saturday's #TroopingtheColour celebration. In fact, it was the exact same getup that one-year-old #PrinceHarry wore to his second-ever Trooping the Colour when he was held by Princess Anne for the balcony group photo. (And check out those twinning vibes between #KateMiddleton and Princess Anne.) // Prince Louis, who is also one, was a spitting image of the #DukeofSussex in the new photos. And perhaps it's a sign of solidarity between the two major royal couples, the Sussexes and the Cambridges, to lay to rest all the gossip surrounding a Fab Four falling out. See ya, feud rumors.