Six-year-old Princess Charlotte and her brother, eight-year-old, Prince George were surprise attendees at a memorial service commemorating their great-grandfather Prince Phillip.
And it would seem the young princess is getting used to the royal spotlight!
The young royals entered Westminster Abbey holding their parents’ hands, greeting clergy members then taking their seats behind Queen Elizabeth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with their children, joined the congregation in singing hymns and listening to speeches in honour of the late Prince Philip, who sadly passed last April at the age of 99.
Before the service, when Charlotte met the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, he received a big smile from the young princess when he bent down to talk to her face to face! When they reached the end of the welcoming line Princess Charlotte sweetly held out her hand for mom Kate to hold.
The entire service was being streamed live from the Abbey and as Princess Charlotte watched from her seat she saw herself on one of the screens set up around Westminster Abbey, before bouncing in her seat and adorably smiling for the camera!
It would seem that the Cambridge children are increasingly in the public eye, accompanying their parents on public outings now that they’re older. However, their younger brother, Prince Louis who is now three, while often coming along was deemed too young for the memorial service.
Prince William and Duchess Kate are trying to “mix traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents,” a family friend stated. Continuing on to say that the Cambridges are keenly aware they are raising the next generation of royals.
The family friend continued to say that the young royals are “all very polite children, but they have a little twinkle in their eyes. They have all the right ingredients.”
While the Duchess rightly gets a sizeable amount of credit, people close to the royal couple say that William’s role as co-parent should not be understated, saying that like most modern fathers William is “pretty grounded as well” and that he “is conscious of making sure the children have as normal a relationship with their parents as they can.”
The Duke and Duchess’ partnership is “something that is incredibly important to both of them,” states a source who knows the couple. “Wanting to bring a good groundwork and base to family life is in her background, but it is something William has always wanted [too]. That is driven as much by him as her.”