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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: ‘Rock star’ Prince Louis steals the show

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It was a day of celebrations in honour of his great-grandmother the Queen but Prince Louis was hailed ‘the real star of the show’ after his scene-stealing performance on the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

Royal fans took to Twitter to praise the ‘adorable’ four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after he pulled faces and picked his nose while watching the flypast alongside the Queen, 96, and his siblings Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven. 

Photos of Louis on the balcony have gone viral, with some saying he’s ‘a handful’ and keeps his parents Prince William, 39, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, on his toes. 

One tweeted: ‘Prince Louis looks like he might be a bit of a handful.’ Another posted: ‘What a cheeky little chap Prince Louis is, made me chuckle.’

Scene-stealer! Royal fans took to Twitter to praise the ‘adorable’ four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after he pulled faces and picked his nose while watching the flypast alongside the Queen, 96, and his siblings 

At times, the occasion seemed like too much for the four-year-old, who was snapped pulling a range of faces during his public appearance

Prince Louis during his balcony appearance

At times, the occasion seemed like too much for the four-year-old, who was snapped pulling a range of faces (pictured) during his public appearance

Animated: Prince Louis pulled a number of adorable faces as he took in the action from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Animated: Prince Louis pulled a number of adorable faces as he took in the action from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Photos of Louis on the balcony have gone viral, with some saying he's 'a handful' and keeps his parents Prince William, 39, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, on his toes

Photos of Louis on the balcony have gone viral, with some saying he’s ‘a handful’ and keeps his parents Prince William, 39, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, on his toes

The young prince was photographed waving enthusiastically at bystanders as he took part in the carriage ride down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade earlier in the day, but his most attention-grabbing moments came courtesy of the obviously strong bond he shares with his great-grandmother, the Queen, who was seen chatting to the youngster during the flypast, seemingly in an effort to distract him from the loud noise of the aircraft.

And Louis seemed entranced, looking up inquisitively at the monarch, and seeking out her attention. At one point, he even broke away from his mother Kate Middleton to barge past the Queen, much to the bemusement of the Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla. 

According to a lipreader, during the noisy flypast, as Louis was seen trying to squeeze past the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony, Kate said to Camilla: ‘He really is trying to squeeze by!’ 

The Queen is affectionately known as ‘Gan Gan’ by the Cambridge children – after Prince George created the adorable nickname for his great-grandmother aged two.

Meanwhile, ensuring they remain close to Her Majesty, the Cambridges’ county home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk is located in the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, while London-based William and Kate ‘will move to Windsor this summer to be closer to the Queen’, it was reported last month.

Prince Louis (pictured, right) made sure he was standing next to the Queen, with whom he appears to share a very strong bond

Prince Louis (pictured right) took centre stage at today’s London Platinum Jubilee celebrations, stealing the scene with his mischievous antics as he was snapped pulling faces and picking his nose during Trooping the Colour 

Louis, four, who is the youngest of the Cambridge children, was also photographed waving enthusiastically at bystanders earlier in the day, as he joined his siblings Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte (pictured together), seven, in a carriage ride down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen's Birthday Parade

Louis, four, who is the youngest of the Cambridge children, was also photographed waving enthusiastically at bystanders earlier in the day, as he joined his siblings Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte (pictured together), seven, in a carriage ride down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen’s Birthday Parade

Louis (pictured, centre) appears to shared a special bond with his great-grandmother the Queen, who was seen entertaining the young royal during Trooping the Colour

Louis (pictured, centre) appears to shared a special bond with his great-grandmother the Queen, who was seen entertaining the young royal during Trooping the Colour

At one point while watching Trooping the Colour, the young royal appeared to be overwhelmed by the noise, and was seen covering his ears while shouting

At one point while watching Trooping the Colour, the young royal appeared to be overwhelmed by the noise, and was seen covering his ears while shouting

After his animated carriage ride, the four-year-old prince (pictured, centre) still had plenty of energy, and was snapped frowning as he saluted while watching Trooping the Colour with his big sister Princess Charlotte (picture, right) on a balcony at Horseguards Parade

After his animated carriage ride, the four-year-old prince (pictured, centre) still had plenty of energy, and was snapped frowning as he saluted while watching Trooping the Colour with his big sister Princess Charlotte (picture, right) on a balcony at Horseguards Parade

The Queen stands with members of the Royal Family to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace today

The Queen stands with members of the Royal Family to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace today

(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

(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

People pack The Mall as the British Royal Family come onto the balcony of Buckingham Place this afternoon

People pack The Mall as the British Royal Family come onto the balcony of Buckingham Place this afternoon

The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London today

The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London today

A body language expert today said Louis and the Queen share a ‘childlike excitement’ and ‘natural bond’ following their ‘chatty and animated’ display together during the balcony appearance.

Judi James told FEMAIL that ‘Louis made this conversation [with the monarch] look like the most natural thing in the world and his lack of anything bordering on fear suggested these two might share a rather close friendship based on shared fun behind the scenes, too.’

As the planes flew overhead during today’s occasion, Kate said to Louis: ‘It’s so cool look at that.’ Meanwhile, speaking to her great grandson, the Queen said: ‘Look up at all that smoke!’, according to lip-reader Juliet Sullivan.

After the flypast, she turned back to the young royal, and added: ‘Let’s go it’s finished now. That really was wonderful, so incredible.’

The young royal’s performance did not go unnoticed, with people taking to social media in their droves to brand Louis a ‘mood’, and create memes featuring images from the day. 

The young royal appeared to have won a legion of fans thanks to his outgoing behaviour, with many taking to social media to brand the youngster a 'mood'

The young royal appeared to have won a legion of fans thanks to his outgoing behaviour, with many taking to social media to brand the youngster a ‘mood’

Louis’ attention-grabbing actions on the balcony followed his eventful ride down The Mall earlier that morning.

He’d travelled to the Palace in a horse-drawn carriage with his mother mother Kate Middleton, 40, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74 as well as his siblings George and Charlotte.

Video footage of the journey appears to show Charlotte ticking off her younger brother for waving too much at the assembled crowds. 

A clip of the children shows the seven-year-old princess asking Prince Louis to ‘stop waving!’ as they made their journey through the crowds.

This prompted a minor squabble between the youngest two royals in the carriage, while their elder brother Prince George looks on.

However, despite being told off by his sister, Louis continued to wave animatedly at bystanders, though all three children were snapped showing respect for their great grandmother.

The Cambridge children dutifully bowed their heads when the national anthem was played on their arrival into Horse Guards Parade. 

Louis was the spitting image of his father Prince William at Trooping the Colour; the four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked adorable in a white sailor suit that is identical to one worn by a two-year-old Prince William to the same event in 1985.

Some royal watchers have suggested it could even be the same suit, perfectly preserved for almost 40 years. The Royal Family are known for their love of recycling and handing down clothing, so there is every chance it could be the same.

Eight-year-old Prince George, the future king, was given a more grown-up outfit, wearing a smart navy suit with a shirt and blue tie. 

Meanwhile Princess Charlotte wore a pretty periwinkle blue dress with floaty capped sleeves, adding a matching bow in her hair. 

At one point when Louis was watching Trooping the Colour with his siblings and cousins he even mimicked his father by pointing out something – just as William did with his cousin Zara in 1985. 

The Queen was spotted travelling from Windsor Castle by car for yesterday’s event, while other members of the Firm made public appearances in horse-drawn carriages, with three leaving the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family down The Mall.

The first carriage took the Cambridge children, as well as Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Some of the Queen's great grandchildren were snapped watching the pageantry from a palace window

Despite an eventful day, appearing before enormous crowds with his siblings, Prince Louis mustered the energy to salute once more from a palace window

The young Cambridge siblings (pictured, L-R) George, Louis, and Charlotte were joined by Mia Grace Tindall (far right) and Princess Beatrice (top) while they watched Trooping the Colour

Prince Louis (pictured, centre) was snapped pulling faces while he waved animatedly at the crowd while riding a horse-drawn carriage down the Mall during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Prince Louis (pictured, centre) was snapped pulling faces while he waved animatedly at the crowd while riding a horse-drawn carriage down the Mall during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The oldest Cambridge child, Prince George, eight (pictured, left) appeared to wince as Prince Louis waved at bystanders while pulling a face from his horse-drawn carriage

The oldest Cambridge child, Prince George, eight (pictured, left) appeared to wince as Prince Louis waved at bystanders while pulling a face from his horse-drawn carriage

The Duchess of Cornwall looks to be enjoying sharing the carriage with children George, Charlotte and Louis, and sitting opposite Charlotte pointing at something in the crowd

The Duchess of Cornwall looks to be enjoying sharing the carriage with children George, Charlotte and Louis, and sitting opposite Charlotte pointing at something in the crowd

Despite the animated carriage ride, all three children showed respect to the great-grandmother, bowing their heads as the national anthem played

Despite the animated carriage ride, all three children showed respect to the great-grandmother, bowing their heads as the national anthem played

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, took a starring role in the royal carriage as they arrive alongside their mother the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall at the start of Trooping the Colour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, took a starring role in the royal carriage as they arrive alongside their mother the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall at the start of Trooping the Colour

Prince William as a two-year-old in 1985

Prince Louis

The four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked adorable in a white sailor suit (right) that is strikingly similar to worn by the Duke of Cambridge, then aged two, to the military event in 1985 (left)

Childhood memories: Prince William, then almost three, with his cousin Zara Phillips (left) and Davina Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 1985

Childhood memories: Prince William, then almost three, with his cousin Zara Phillips (left) and Davina Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 1985

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 royals, including the Wessexes, watched Trooping the Colour from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.

The Queen and Prince Louis shared ‘childlike excitement’ and have a ‘natural bond’, claims body language expert

The Queen and Prince Louis shared ‘childlike excitement’ when on the Buckingham Palace balcony together for the historic Trooping the Colour, according to a body language expert.

‘A rather charming dynamic was unveiled from a slightly surprising source,’ said Judi James. 

‘While the Queen’s empathetic and destiny-based bonds with George are well documented, her indulgence, warmth and an almost childlike shared excitement with Louis hasn’t really been seen before.

‘Looking so much like Charles at his mother’s coronation, Louis rushed forward to lean on the balcony before becoming impatient as he waited to see the fly-past. While Kate bent to speak to him several times or stroked his hair in a soothing gesture, the Queen’s glances suggested affection and approval.

‘The bond between the two looked natural and ongoing. While the other royals displayed signals of anxiety or tension in a bid to get it right for the “boss” they clearly still respect, Louis stepped in front of the Queen before tilting his head back to engage her in some animated conversation as they waited for the Red Arrows.

‘Louis made this conversation look like the most natural thing in the world and his lack of anything bordering on fear suggested these two might share a rather close friendship based on shared fun behind the scenes, too.’

Among their number were Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, who have travelled to the UK with their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday. 

The Duchess stepped out in an elegant navy blue dress and a dramatic wide-brimmed white hat with an oversized navy bow by British milliner Stephen Jones.

The mother-of-two was spotted entertaining Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, and Mike and Zara Tindall’s girls Mia, eight, and Lena, three, as they grew bored of watching the military display. 

Meghan pouted, gasped and beamed as she put on an animated display in the window, with Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi watching from behind. At one point the Duchess put a finger to her mouth to ‘shush’ cheeky Mia Tindall, who was on typically boisterous behaviour.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities. 

Charles took the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards was trooped and inspected the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf.

Prince Andrew has been entirely cut out of proceedings and will not appear during any part of the day.

Following Trooping the Colour, the royal carriages made the return journey down the Mall in preparation of the flypast. 

The Queen, 96, exclaimed ‘incredible!’ as she stepped out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony to take the return salute.

She was joined on the balcony by her dutiful cousin, the Duke of Kent, who carries out engagements on behalf of the Royal Family. 

After a brief interlude inside, the Queen re-emerged at 1pm to observe the flypast.

In order to avoid any awkwardness surrounding the presence of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew, the Queen decreed that only working members of the Royal Family would join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast.

Sophie Wessex looked  typically elegant in a pink gingham ensemble while Prince Edward wore military dress uniform

Sophie Wessex looked  typically elegant in a pink gingham ensemble while Prince Edward wore military dress uniform

Lady Louise looked perfectly poised as she rode in a carriage with her brother James, 14, pictured, and her parents

Lady Louise looked perfectly poised as she rode in a carriage with her brother James, 14, pictured, and her parents

Despite not yet being old enough to be a senior working member of the royal family, Lady Louise was invited to join in the celebrations alongside her parents and brother

Despite not yet being old enough to be a senior working member of the royal family, Lady Louise was invited to join in the celebrations alongside her parents and brother

The balcony appearance, which is often seen as the centrepiece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Colour and weddings, previously saw the Queen’s extended family gather to watch a flypast and is a rare chance for fans to see the entire extended family together. 

In 2019, there were 40 members of the family present, including her grandchildren and their families, as well as more distant relatives like her cousins’ children. 

But this year just 17 members of her family were present: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, The Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

The Royal Family have now finished this portion of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, although they will make other appearances over the course of the next four days. 

The Queen smiles as members of the Royal Family attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

The Queen smiles as members of the Royal Family attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wave during the flypast as they stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony

Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wave during the flypast as they stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony

The Queen points as she stands next to Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

The Queen points as she stands next to Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon

Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour parade

Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour parade

It is a particularly significant trip for the Duchess of Sussex. 

Meghan has not seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while Prince Harry only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.

The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 when the atmosphere could not have been more awkward. 

William and Kate virtually blanked Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.

Fortunately William, who has been most deeply affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his hurt, was not forced to greet the couple in public. 

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were seen speaking to the Queen's cousin the Duke of Kent during Trooping the Colour

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were seen speaking to the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent during Trooping the Colour 

The Duchess of Sussex put on an animated display with Savannah Phillips (left), her sister Isla (behind) and Lena Tindall

The Duchess of Sussex put on an animated display with Savannah Phillips (left), her sister Isla (behind) and Lena Tindall 

Meghan Markle, 40, joined her husband Prince Harry, 37, and senior royal family members to watch the spectacular military event from the Major General's Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground

Meghan Markle, 40, joined her husband Prince Harry, 37, and senior royal family members to watch the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground

The Duchess of Sussex put on a showstopping display as she made her first royal appearance in two years at Trooping the Colour

The Duchess of Sussex put on a showstopping display as she made her first royal appearance in two years at Trooping the Colour

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

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

Charles is taking the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and inspect the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch's behalf. He is joined by his elder son and sister, with all three on horseback

Charles is taking the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and inspect the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf. He is joined by his elder son and sister, with all three on horseback

The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession as he leaves Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour

The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession as he leaves Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour

Princess Anne, Princess Royal rides horseback during the Trooping the Colour parade in London

Princess Anne, Princess Royal rides horseback during the Trooping the Colour parade in London

Brigade major James Shaw (centre, top) leads members of the Household Cavalry to Horse Guards Parade

Brigade major James Shaw (centre, top) leads members of the Household Cavalry to Horse Guards Parade

Soldiers taking part in the parade along The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade

Soldiers taking part in the parade along The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade

Crowds of people line The Mall as they watch members of the Royal Family appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony

Crowds of people line The Mall as they watch members of the Royal Family appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony

People gather along The Mall for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London

People gather along The Mall for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London

And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she made a point of breaking the ice and speaking to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Harry and Meghan are staying with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They had always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their participation with Trooping is seen as an additional olive branch from Her Majesty.   

Yesterday, the Queen sent a car and a security detail to collect Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet after their private jet landed in the UK from California, ahead of her celebrations. 

Lilibet has never been in the UK – or met any of her British family – while Archie, who was born in Britain, has not been here since he was a baby. 

In the latest sign that hostilities between The Firm and the Sussexes are thawing, Her Majesty’s Land Rover greeted the family and their children at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire before taking them to Frogmore Cottage.

An insider told The Sun that ‘the Queen believed it was the right thing to do’ to send her car to meet her grandson and his family. 

The couple’s Embraer private jet landing at Farnborough, and the Queen’s black Land Rover – escorted by a Volkswagen people carrier – driving onto the tarmac.

It is thought the family were believed to have got into the blacked-out VW car, and that they travelled without their customary entourage or senior staff working for their Archewell charity. 

It also said Netflix camera crews – who have been following the couple for an £11million documentary – stayed behind.

Harry, Meghan and their two children were not given a police escort for the 40-minutes drive from Farnborough to Windsor.

Lilibet will turn one on Saturday, with a party expected at Frogmore likely to be attended by royals such as Princess Eugenie, who is close to Harry and Meghan, and the Queen could also pop in if she doesn’t attend the Epsom Derby.

It will be the first time the monarch will meet the great-granddaughter named after her. 

But Prince William and Kate will not be there because they will be representing Her Majesty in Cardiff as senior working royals are sent to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London was the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend. 

The event drew huge crowds, with thousands of people draped in Union Jack flags, party hats and plastic tiaras lined The Mall in the warm sunshine. 

Some of those at the front brought camping chairs, having arrived over the past few days to get the best spot, and spirits were high as members of the public chatted and joked with police maintaining the perimeter.

However, police then swooped on four intruders who tried to smash through security on The Mall. Two of the protesters – who were from Animal Rebellion – were able to sit in the middle of the road as the marching band approached.

Officers hauled them out of the way as the musicians walked by them, avoiding them completely.

The Irish Guards were among the first to arrive at a march at Horse Guards Parade in front of the sitting crowds in the bright sunshine, led by their mascot, an Irish Wolfhound called Seamus. 

And as huge crowds descended on the capital to witness the historic weekend, police and park authorities said the areas were full.

The Metropolitan Police said: ‘The viewing areas in central London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are now full. 

‘To avoid the disappointment of not being able to enter the viewing areas please avoid the area.’

And the Royal Parks added: ‘Crowds have flocked to St James’s Park for Trooping the Colour and public viewing areas are now at full capacity. 

‘Please do not head to St James’s Park but enjoy the Jubilee celebrations elsewhere.’

Red, white and blue-tiful! Royal Family wear colours of the British flag for the first day of Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations as Kate stuns in Alexander McQueen, Zara dons scarlet, and Queen and Camille opt for blue 

The Royal family have delighted fans with their red, white and blue themed outfits for the first celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

While the Queen chose blue, the Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in white, while Camilla and little Charlotte chose blue, with Zara topping the theme in bright red.   

Camilla, 74, was in her favourite Bruce Oldfield striped blue outfit, pearl necklace and earrings and a blue Philip Treacy hat. Kate, 40, chose a £3,000 recycled Alexander McQueen dress paired with a Philip Treacy hat and Princess Diana’s earrings. And Zara, 41, stunned in a scarlet Beulah London dress and floral hat.

Children George, Charlotte and Louis were also in theme. George was suited in a deep blue and a matching blue tie, Louis was dressed in a white sailor suit, and Charlotte looking adorable in a blue dress.

The Queen and the rest of the family have delighted fans with their red, white and blue themed outfits for the first celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Queen and the rest of the family have delighted fans with their red, white and blue themed outfits for the first celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

White and blue! George, Charlotte and Louis were also in theme. George was suited in a deep navy blue and a matching blue tie, Louis was dressed in a white and navy blue sailor suit, and Charlotte looked adorable in a blue dress

White and blue! George, Charlotte and Louis were also in theme. George was suited in a deep navy blue and a matching blue tie, Louis was dressed in a white and navy blue sailor suit, and Charlotte looked adorable in a blue dress

Blue! Camilla, 74, was in her favourite Bruce Oldfield striped blue outfit, pearl necklace and earrings and a blue Philip Treacy hat. Kate chose a £3,000 recycled Alexander McQueen dress paired with a Philip Treacy hat and Princess Diana's earrings

Blue! Camilla, 74, was in her favourite Bruce Oldfield striped blue outfit, pearl necklace and earrings and a blue Philip Treacy hat. Kate chose a £3,000 recycled Alexander McQueen dress paired with a Philip Treacy hat and Princess Diana’s earrings

Red! Zara stunned in a scarlet Beulah London dress and floral hat. Zara and her husband Mike stopped by The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH (the Queen is the patron of the hospital)

Red! Zara stunned in a scarlet Beulah London dress and floral hat. Zara and her husband Mike stopped by The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH (the Queen is the patron of the hospital)

Who made it on to the Buckingham Palace balcony? Queen is joined by THREE generations of family including her cousins, three of her children and three great-grandchildren – but Harry and Meghan miss out

The Queen was joined by a slimmed-down version of the Royal Family as she stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Platinum Jubilee flypast following Trooping the Colour.

In order to avoid any awkwardness surrounding the presence of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew, the Queen decreed that only working members of the Royal Family would join her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the flypast.

In 2019, there were 40 members of the family present, including her grandchildren and their families, as well as more distant relatives like her cousins’ children. 

But this year just 17 members of her family were present: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, The Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. 

Royal Family: 1. The Duke of Gloucester; 2. The Duchess of Gloucester; 3. Princess Alexandra; 4. The Duke of Kent; 5. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence; 6. Princess Anne; 7. The Duchess of Cornwall; 8. Prince Charles; 9. The Queen; 10. Prince Louis; 11. The Duchess of Cambridge; 12. Princess Charlotte; 13. Prince George; 14. Prince William; 15. Sophie, Countess of Wessex; 16. James, Viscount Severn; 17. Lady Louise Windsor; 18. Prince Edward

Four generations of family: How is the Queen related to the royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony? 

1. The Duke of Gloucester: Queen’s cousin Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, son of her uncle Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester 

2. The Duchess of Gloucester: Wife of the Duke of Gloucester

3. Princess Alexandra: Queen’s cousin Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy. Daughter of Queen’s uncle Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

4. Duke of Kent: Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent. Son of Queen’s uncle Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark

5. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence: Husband of Princess Anne

6. Princess Anne: Queen’s only daughter and second eldest child 

7. The Duchess of Cornwall: Prince Charles’ wife

8. Prince Charles: Queen’s eldest son; heir to the throne

9. The Queen

10. Prince Louis: The four-year-old son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Their youngest child and the Queen’s great-grandson

11. The Duchess of Cambridge: Wife of Prince William

12. Princess Charlotte: The only daughter and second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Queen’s great-granddaughter

13. Prince George: The eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; third in line to the throne. Queen’s great-grandson

14. Prince William: Queen’s grandson and eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana; second in line to the throne

15. Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Wife of Prince Edward

16. James, Viscount Severn: 14-year-old son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Queen’s youngest grandchild.

17. Lady Louise Windsor: Daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Queen’s granddaughter.

18. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex: Third son and youngest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh 

 

Following his ejection from public life, after settling a civil court case in America over allegations of sexual abuse against Virginia Giuffre (which he vehemently denies), it was inconceivable that Prince Andrew would be given a spot.

Indeed, he was not even invited to join other royal family members including Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex to watch Trooping the Colour at the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.

However, in paring the list down to just 17 people to avoid potential diplomatic pitfalls, the Queen has been forced to omit a number of well-liked family members including her much-loved grandchildren and their families. 

Her cousins, including Prince Michael of Kent, and their families, with whom the Queen enjoys a warm relationship are also out in the cold, with a total of at least 34 royals absent from the balcony. 

Their father’s absence means that Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice also did not appear with their husbands and children. 

Their cousin Peter Philip’s would typically appear with his now ex-wife Autumn and their two daughters, and so the York sisters would reasonably have been expected to be joined by Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank and Beatrice’s husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi – not to mention the sisters’ children Sienna and August, if they felt they weren’t too young. 

Similarly the Queen’s other adult grandchildren, Peter Philips and Zara Tindall have been excluded with their families, even though their mother Princess Anne and stepfather Sir Timothy Laurence joined the Queen. 

How Kate Middleton kept her kids calm: Duchess talked her three youngsters through every step of the parade and pointed out the flags, colours and crowds on their first major royal engagement as a trio

Kate Middleton appeared to use distraction techniques to keep her three children calm as they played a central role in the historic Trooping the Colour parade on Thursday. 

According to a lip reader who examined video footage of the short journey from Buckingham Palace in the horse-drawn carriage, the Duchess pointed out Union Jacks in the crowd and kept talking to Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, to ensure they weren’t overwhelmed by the enormity of the big occasion.  

At one point, the Duchess, 40, appeared to say: ‘This is wonderful! Look at all these people!’ as she travelled with her three young children and the Duchess of Cornwall towards Horse Guards Parade. 

An inquisitive Louis is thought to have spotted Prince William, who took part in the parade on horseback, saying: ‘Look that’s Dad.’

Big day for the Cambridges: Kate Middleton is seen chatting to her children, from left, George, Louis and Charlotte, as they leave Buckingham Palace on the first day of the bank holiday celebrations

Big day for the Cambridges: Kate Middleton is seen chatting to her children, from left, George, Louis and Charlotte, as they leave Buckingham Palace on the first day of the bank holiday celebrations

Kate Middleton offers a beaming smile as she joins her three children and the Duchess of Cornwall to head down the Mall; it's thought the royal told her three children: 'Look at these colours and all the flags!' as they headed to Horse Guards Parade

Kate Middleton offers a beaming smile as she joins her three children and the Duchess of Cornwall to head down the Mall; it’s thought the royal told her three children: ‘Look at these colours and all the flags!’ as they headed to Horse Guards Parade

Clearly enjoying the day too, the Duchess of Cambridge was thought to have told her children ‘Look at these colours and all the flags!’ as they bypassed thousands of well-wishers on the Mall and a sea of Union Jacks. 

Kate looked chic in a white coat dress by Alexander McQueen, wearing her hair loosely plaited and tucked under a glamorous white and navy wide-brimmed hat by A-list milliner Philip Treacy. 

According to the lipreader, the carriage’s young royals were clearly amazed by just how many people had turned out to mark the Platinum Jubilee at Buckingham Palace. 

The most au fait with royal occasions, Prince George appeared to turn to the crowd and say ‘wow’, as he noted the thousands of people at all the people.

A giggling Princess Charlotte also remarked ‘wow’, while Prince George was seen saying: ‘This is great’ before asking: ‘Mama, where does this stop?’

Kate is thought to have answered: ‘That’s the entrance. that is where we are going to be stopping.’ 

A little sibling tension? An adorable moment caught Charlotte and little brother Louis having a few choice words over the youngest Cambridge's commitment to waving

A little sibling tension? An adorable moment caught Charlotte and little brother Louis having a few choice words over the youngest Cambridge’s commitment to waving

Kate Middleton encourages her children to wave as the horse-drawn carriage makes its way to the ceremonial parade

Kate Middleton encourages her children to wave as the horse-drawn carriage makes its way to the ceremonial parade

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