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Prince George and Princess Charlotte ‘natural’ in royal line-up
Kate and Prince William constantly stood by their beloved children as they attended the poignant thanksgiving service for Prince Philip together. And to make sure George and Charlotte felt “safe” and guided, they adopted subtle gestures throughout the service, according to Inbaal Honigman’s body language.
Analyzing the Cambridges’ arrival at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, the expert said Prince George appeared nervous and stopped at the entrance.
Explaining how Prince William reacted to his son’s move, the commentator told Tyla: “Immediately at that moment his father puts both of his hands on his shoulders and guides him.
“They walk hand in hand and throughout the handshake William shows his child what to do.”
Likewise, Kate’s hand was “very, very rarely on Charlotte’s shoulder or back” as they walked through the nave of the Abbey and were greeted by members of the clergy.
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Princess Charlotte and Prince George attended Prince Philip’s memorial service
Prince George is third in line to the throne
This continued physical contact, which the parents also maintained as they left Westminster Abbey at the end of the service, was ‘deliberate’ and contrasted with a painful past experience the Duke of Cambridge had with his brother the Prince Harry.
The expert said: “We all remember William and Harry’s vision [at Princess Diana’s funeral] walking behind the coffin, no one holding his hand, everyone totally alone.
“So this manipulation, this child safety, I believe, was a very deliberate parental decision that Kate and William had made beforehand.”
Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince George, eight, stunned royal fans and commentators with their attendance at the memorial service.
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Princess Charlotte and Prince George leave the service with their parents
Upon arrival at the abbey, the two children were guided to shake hands with clergy lined up to welcome guests.
Noting how George and Charlotte were already performing a key royal function despite their young ages, royal expert Roya Nikkhah said while streaming the service: “Just eight years old and getting used to the queues.
“It’s very nice of Princess Charlotte to be there with him as well.”
Ms Nikkhah added: ‘She’s an absolute natural Princess Charlotte, isn’t she?’
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Princess Charlotte shakes hands with clerics
Kate and Prince William remained close to their children throughout the service
The BBC’s Huw Edwards, who led commentary during the show, added: ‘Lovely smiles and a firm handshake.’
Throughout the service, the children remained the center of attention for many royal fans.
Prince George was spotted speaking to his father during the service, who in turn appeared to give him an explanation.
Charlotte was at the center of a touching moment spotted by fans as she adorably greeted her cousin Mia Tindall, who was also at the service with her parents Zara and Mike.
Princess Charlotte is six years old
The fourth in line was also spotted smiling broadly at Princess Beatrice, who smiled at him before returning to sing the anthem.
Prince Philip’s memorial service provided an opportunity for distant relatives, officials and representatives of his patronages to pay homage to his life and legacy after his funeral had to be held in a socially distanced manner with just 30 guests as they took place during the third national lockdown.
All of the Queen’s children and all of her grandchildren except Prince Harry attended, along with the oldest great-grandchildren.
Several of the Duke’s German relatives also traveled to the UK for the occasion.
Some 1,800 people attended the service
Likewise, many foreign heads of state and royals, including Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Prince Albert of Monaco, have personally paid tribute to Philip’s life and work.
The service was particularly poignant too because it marked the Queen’s first engagement outside the palace walls since October last year.
Special arrangements have been put in place to ensure that Her Majesty, who has mobility issues, can attend the important event in honor of her late husband.