Tuesday 21 August 2018

Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal the show on balcony of Buckingham Palace

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, left, and Kate Middleton, right, during the Trooping The Colour
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England
The Duchess of Cornwall (left) and the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Buckingham Palace, central London from Horse Guards Parade, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to crowds as they arrive at Buckingham Palace, central London following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, after celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to crowds as they arrive at Buckingham Palace, central London following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, after celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, along with other members of the British royal family, pose for photographs on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at The Royal Horseguards during Trooping The Colour ceremony on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at The Royal Horseguards during Trooping The Colour ceremony on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in a carriage to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Princess Charlotte waves as she leaves St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following the wedding of her uncle Prince Harry to Megan Markle
Royal wedding
Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Princess Charlotte is a one woman show.

At nearly three years old, she has already mastered the paparazzi, after becoming an overnight sensation with her scene-stealing behind the shoulder wave to photographers, a move she debuted on the steps of the Lindo Wing to meet her new baby brother in April; but had perfected at St George's Chapel before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

It's been an unusually busy few months for the British royals, whose roles are equal parts passions projects and hand-shaking duties, but with a new baby, a royal wedding and another one on the way (everyone forgets poor Princess Eugenie), Britain's Queen Elizabeth's birthday celebrations are even more jubilant.

While thousands have lined the streets of London to wish her their best, they're also being treated to a fresh appearance by newlyweds Meghan and Harry, fresh from their honeymoon, and Kate Middleton, who is making a rare public appearance during her maternity leave.

Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England

They even decided not to share a new picture of Charlotte on her birthday because it came so soon after Louis' arrival and they didn't want to risk overexposing their children, and opening the door to any invasions of privacy as they do their best to raise them as normally as possible.

Most of Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren seem devoted to her and George and Charlotte, as expected, stole the show alongside their adorable cousins.

The Trooping The Colour, which marks the British monarch's birthday, is often the setting for a guaranteed appearance for the royal babies, but today was all about the new Duchess of Sussex as it was Meghan's debut in one of the biggest dates on the royals' calendar. She chose an off the shoulder Carolina Herrera dress and Philip Treacy hat for the occasion, while new mother Kate wore a pastel blue Alexander McQueen dress and Juliette Botterill hat.

It's unlikely we'll see any more of George and Charlotte soon over the coming months unless they play a key role in Eugenie's wedding, which may just happen - she needs the column inches after all.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England

Speaking of Eugenie, she also enjoyed a starring role in today's celebrations alongside her sister Princess Beatrice and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

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