Prince William & Kate bring out Charlotte & George for a palace balcony wave


Here are some photos from Saturday’s Trooping the Colour parade for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Are you surprised that Prince William and Duchess Kate brought George and Charlotte out for the balcony wave? I’m not surprised by George’s inclusion, because this is the kind of thing that’s “expected” of the Queen’s relatives, even children when they get to a certain age. I’m a little bit surprised to see Charlotte there though. Little Charlotte is just 13 months old, and it feels like Kate and Will keep a tighter rein on bringing Charlotte out to be photographed. I mean, when George was less than a year old, he was already going on overseas tours. But it’s nice to see the whole Cambridge family out together.

Kate actually repeated a McQueen coatdress. We last saw this piece at Charlotte’s christening last year in Norfolk. Kate did try to change up the styling a bit with a pale pink hat by Philip Treacy, and some absolutely enormous pearl earrings. They look like cheap knockoffs, but Us Weekly ID’d them as Balenciaga, so who knows? My favorite part of her look is the hat, and she coordinated the pink of her hat to go with Charlotte’s pale pink dress and matching ankle booties. I’ll admit it, Charlotte’s pink ankle booties are adorable. As for George, he was dressed up in one of William’s old toddler outfits. Seriously, Kate loves doing these “throwbacks” to William’s childhood. George’s outfit was what William wore to Prince Harry’s christening.

As for Charlotte, Kate says that the little princess is “feisty.” Kate was chatting with a lady at Friday’s church service, and the lady told the press afterwards that Kate told her that Charlotte “is very cute but she has got quite a feisty side” and that she hopes George will “keep Charlotte in order.” Yes, George will like that. George gets to be The Enforcer of the Cambridge family. What’s so feisty about Charlotte these days? My guess is that she just learned the word “no” and she’s been saying it all the time.




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  1. Lucy says:

    Kate looked lovely I think. The hair up was a nice change and the light colour made her look a tad younger

  2. lilacflowers says:

    Is Camilla wearing an ostrich on her head?

  3. Spiderpig says:

    The Queen’s Nu Rave outfit gives me life.

  4. fashionista says:

    These photos are adorable, but in the video Kate kept stopping Charlotte from doing regular baby stuff like playing with her hair. I thought that was funny given her own horrible habit of constantly touching her hair. She’ll have to get Charlotte a tiny clutch so she can stop fidgeting.

    On another note…Wow they started photoshopping the Duchess again!! Must have been feeling kind on such a celebratory occasion.

  5. COSquared says:

    I find the “feisty” claim amusing because NormalBill proclaimed her to be “ladylike”(How Victorian…) while George is wild and loud. Two different descriptions of the same kids.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Ugh, I have in-laws who basically force their kids into gender stereotypes from very young ages by declaring how tough the boy is and how sweet the girl is.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Normal Bill and Cannot are so damned determined to keep their kids’ lives private and away from royal life. I honestly doubt much of what they say about them in public is true. They go with what they think sounds good in a soundbite.

    • Maxime DuCamp says:

      Don’t want to be a Will and Kate apologist/explainer, but the “ladylike” comment was made months ago. It is entirely possible that Charlotte, who is transitioning from baby to toddler has become more “feisty” and will soon be giving George a run for his money.

      That being said, I did find “ladylike” to be an odd, weird, and not to mentioned overly gender-stereotypical descriptor for an infant. Not defending the original usage, just that it was originally used when Charlotte was a lot less mobile and expressive (aside from crying) about what she wants/doesn’t want>

  6. Betti says:

    The kids are cute and for once i like how she turned out but yes ITA she has that unfortunate way of making hi end designer items look like cheap knockoffs. Mind you it runs in the Middleton family as Pips is just the same.

    The balcony appearance at Trooping is the only time of year that the entire and extended family get together like this – TQ is massive on having her family around her (extended or not). It would have been bad form if Charlotte wasn’t there.

    I loved TQ’s green outfit – she does have a way of wearing seriously bright colours with panache and she looked like she was having a great time yesterday. And old Phil certainly still knows how to rock a uniform and bearskin hat. lol

  7. Alix says:

    Charlotte is a mini QEII!

    Have they actually saved 35 years’ worth of William’s clothes, or just the childhood stuff?

  8. InvaderTak says:

    It looked to me like Charlotte might have been on the verge of a meltdown. Which wouldn’t be surprising given that she’s a child at a pretty stiff event. As much criticism as they get for being lazy and all, the both really do look like involved parents. Wills is bent down and talking to George in other pictures and they both look pretty in synch.

    • HH says:

      Agreed on the parenting note. Also, it looked like Kate seemed a lot more comfortable and at ease. Maybe I’m so used to her fiddling with her hair, grasping her clutch, or tightly clasping her hands in front of her that it naturally gives her an awkward appearance. With her children there, it gave her something to do. Also, her smiles and expressions looked relaxed rather than forced. It was quite nice to see.

    • Nic919 says:

      She was tugging her ears, which is probably related to teething.. And yet Kate kept pulling her hands away from her ears. Not exactly the best way to deal with a cranky child but of course the photo op is important.

    • hmmm says:

      Control freaks control all aspects of their image. Charlotte clearly was uncomfortable on several levels, the poor dear. And yet, Mama, instead of soothing her or taking her away, demands that Charlotte not cover her ears.

      Perhaps Willy is bending down and soothing George. But I’m guessing he’s reading George the riot. I’m guessing Willy’s love consists of authoritarianism and commands, which fits with his general style for living.

      They are involved for sure. Control freaks.

      • Megan says:

        They were on the balcony for less than five minutes. If Kate wanted Charlotte to look nice in photos of an event celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday by not sticking her fingers in her ears for a few minutes, I think that is perfectly fine.

      • Flowerchild says:

        Wow really you seem to spend way to much time over analyzing these pictures because of course Wil can’t be just talking to George.

      • HyacinthBucket says:

        Megan, I have to agree with hmmm. When I watched it on live tv I was apalled. The child was obviously in discomfort and somewhat distressed. The mother can’t be bothered with the expectations of handing out shamrocks on a yearly basis but a 13 months old child needs to look perfect for a photo op. Why not leave her inside?

      • addie says:

        Agreed hmmm and Hyacinth.
        Charlotte was clearly uncomfortable. There was no need to bring her to the balcony, or keep her there, even if for a few minutes if the child was teething and in distress. This was all and ONLY about William and Kate getting good press. George always looks anxious, as does Charlotte; no wonder with such God-awful parents.

      • Megan says:

        I assume Charlotte was there at the invitation of the Queen. Royal babies usually begin appearing for the Trooping fly over at age one. The Cambridges are keeping with tradition, as they should. They may blown it in the past, but they got it right yesterday.

      • hmmm says:


        “I assume Charlotte was there at the invitation of the Queen”.

        Is that like a royal command? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. The babe is 1 year old! Off with her head! LOL

      • noway says:

        OMG, even if your creative interpretation is correct, I am sure your parents or yourself with your own kids never made you pose for picture as a toddler or child with your extended family. Ever been to a christening, always one child you is either sick or uncomfortable or something. Great Grandma’s 90th birthday, kind of a big deal wouldn’t you want a picture with her when you are older, provided she isn’t that sick and I don’t see projectile vomiting so I am going with she is probably fine. I know people don’t like them, but not everything people do is stupid, lazy or bad as a lot seem to want to claim.

  9. Deedee says:

    Will George ever get to wear his own clothes for formal occasions? Or will he wear William vintage until he hits university? Once or twice was cute, but this is getting old. Holding out for a photo of George wearing a cute little bowtie.

    • Nic919 says:

      It is creepy at this point. Let George wear clothes that are his own. They sure as hell can afford it.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Is it for sure that these are literally Williams old clothes or is she recreating those looks with modern clothes? I’m going to have to look into it because the idea of her going through boxes of toddler clothes from the mid 1980s is very weird

    • Julaine says:

      My Mother died when my daughter was only 11 years old. She was a wonderful seamstress and made her many gorgeous classic dresses when she was small. My daughter was so thankful that I saved those dresses when she had her own daughter. We see it as a living link to a beloved family member when she wears them for special occasions.

      Classic baby and toddler clothes are often very expensive and get very little wear, why would it be considered unusual that they are saved to be passed down? Just because a family is wealthy doesn’t mean they don’t have the same sentimental attachments. In fact, the Swedish Royal family have been pulling out Victoria & Madeline’s baby clothes repeatedly since Estelle & Leonor were born and people have commented on how charming it was.

  10. Citresse says:

    The best photo of Charlotte is the one where she has both arms raised. It’s like she’s saying “Huzzah, my British people, I love you!!!!”

  11. Jacqueline says:

    I thought the suit for Charlotte’s christening had that front ruffle? Seriously, she needs to stop with the repeats. For something like Trooping the Color, you bust out with something new. My feeling is new show stoppers at big events and then repeat those items later at smaller functions. How could you pull a “this old thing??” When you’re standing next to the Queen?

  12. MyLittlePony says:

    Vgood look for Kate, I think. Her hair balances the hat nicely. Watched this live on tv and was genuinely surpised how pretty she looked!

  13. Original T.C. says:

    George! George! George! Thanks Kaiser, I love pics of this kid! As usual he is bringing the most animated and honest expressions of IDGAF. LOL at Will’s side-eye of George; like he expects the kid to start flipping the bird at people. Ha!

    George, the Queen and Uncle Harry are the only ones I really care about. The rest of the family is like background noise.

  14. Bettyrose says:

    Kate looks genuinely happy. She really does love children/motherhood, right? This is where she’s most at ease, maybe? With her children?

  15. sophie says:

    Sorry Deedee, no bow ties for Georgie, I’m afraid. It’s not a thing usually done in the UK and certainly not in royal circles.

    I thought everyone looked generally great and quite happy…except Harry who seemed a bit amiss.

    I so wish Kate would borrow her jewellery from the many royal pieces I am sure are available to her. I don’t want to help pay for £30,000 hoops that look as if they were purchased from an online Asian shop. Hair and hat seem appropriate as does the dress. Thankfully cannot see more nude shoes…pink ones would have been delightful though! I didn’t mind the earrings as they looked like the ones Diana owned back when and paired them with a pearl rope necklace – not that tiny little bauble Waity chose. You know, for an art major she has no idea of scale. Or originality, style, colour……..


  16. TeamAwesome says:

    Did you guys the photo of George saluting the fly over? He looked so serious and official! Adorable. Charlotte got some food waves in, but I imagine all of that pomp is overwhelming for a kid. Loved Kate’s hat. Not enough Harry!

  17. thecookingpan says:

    I really don’t enjoy Kate and seldom find myself complimenting her… But she brought it with that hat! The whole look is perfect, and complemented by two adorable kids.

  18. Rianic says:

    Re using smocking is a Southern tradition. I’m keeping almost of my three girls dresses for their daughters to use.

  19. Veronica says:

    Pretty sure Charlotte is wearing matching mary jane’s and socks, not ankle booties. My daughter has a pair that will do that with the right socks and it confuses people all the time. Honest mistake.

  20. kri says:

    Awww. Very cute.! I do like Kate’s look. I was also going to say her makeup/skin looks great..but some people are saying Photoshop. Tra La. There is HARRY so I’m thrilled.

  21. Vava says:

    Well, I guess if a person wants to wear a flower almost as big as your head, then that hat is perfect.

    Her hair looks good. I like the earrings, but the necklace doesn’t work with them.

    Obvious photoshopping, too.

  22. Dids says:

    I wish we could see Harry better on the photos… Heloooooooo Harry!

  23. ClaireB says:

    I love that hat and the flower on it, and I think she looks lovely and appropriate! Holding Charlotte stops her from clutching her crotch and having her hair up stops her fiddling with it. So she loses no points this go ’round. That still leaves her with a score in the negative millions, but it’s a start!

  24. Starlight says:

    I agree whole heartedly that Kate looked perfect in that outfit. Is it me or is there a frostiness with Kate and Camilla and Kate and the Queen. You never see them acknowledging happily. Fiesty Charlotte does that mean she is a handful I read in a astrology write up that it would be Charlotte giving George the run around and it will be C showing him who is boss. Watch this space then with that prediction.

  25. Tourmaline says:

    Beatrice and Eugenie looked good too– Bea had her orange peel hat ( I think she’s worn it at Royal Ascot?) and a navy dress, and Eug had a purple feathered hat with a forest green dress. No shades of cream for them.

  26. YankLynn says:

    I thought she looked good and her hair style pretty and done with the hat in mind. Since this kind of good styling rarely happens with her I feel bound to note it ! She is not well served by her so called assistant/stylist and I think the day before ? with that ice blue and white coat, ivory hat, pinky beige shoes and clutch and small thin necklace on an open neck that shouted for something different all is the latest evidence that she so needs better advice for public appearances.

  27. Lucy says:

    The kids are adorable! Also, why is no one talking about Harry in the background??

    • Citresse says:

      Lucy, I thought Harry looked a bit angry in some photos. But perhaps he was just having a bad day or perhaps something more because he was positioned behind W&K, meaning maybe he just had words with William?

      • Betti says:

        Compared to the others on the balcony he looked serious for most of the appearance – everyone else was smiley. For the past few years I have gotten the impression that he has distanced himself from his brother and Chutney. A gap appears to have appeared between William and his family since her married Kate and William very clearly prefers her family to his own. Which is sad as he seems to be the only one who can’t see them for what they are – graspers for fame and fortune.

  28. Cerys says:

    Poor Jason has worked some PR miracles this weekend. Getting Dull and Duller to turn out 3 days in a row and bringing out the kids too. Waity looked nice this weekend and her smile seemed genuine for a change. It was interesting that the Dolittles managed to get themselves in prime position on the balcony while Charles and Camilla were shunted off to the side. I didn’t see a lot of the balcony scenes but there didn’t seem much interaction between the Dolittles and Chas and Cam. It seems to me the Dolittles are allying themselves with HM in the hope some of her popularity rubs off on them rather than being with the less popular Charles. Also today at the picnic they were in a leading role while C&C were nowhere to be seen.

    • imqrious2 says:

      Charles and Camilla were at a village celebration today. There are pics of them on the DM celebrating with school children.

    • Sarah says:

      Although you hardly ever see Kate taking to anyone in the Royal family. The Queen never seems to address Kate, Harry seems to pretty much ignore her although she seems to try to make it look like he’s talking to her. Camilla seems friendly enough with Kate, but I think she could talk to a stone, she’s so personable.
      The nullification of Harry has started, as he is always shoved in the back row at these things. The worst thing about him ever having kids is that the press will treat them the way they treat Beatrice and Eugenie. Horribly.

  29. Rapunzel says:


    Seriously? George is a perfectly normal 3 yr. Old of the boisterous variety. And Charlotte has “unpleasant Chinese eyes”? I’m gonna be blunt here and say GTFO with that racist garbage.

  30. TotallyBiased says:

    Wow. Racist much?
    Not to mention pretty hard on a couple of toddlers.

  31. Fluff says:

    Why is Billy aleays slauching? Such a terrible pose.. looks like he is cupping his manhood.. sucha insecure body language

  32. hmmm says:

    If you watch the video of the balcony entrance, the Dolittles muscles out everyone else to be front and centre. What’s really bad is that they muscle out Charles.

    Yes, a stool was set up for George at the front but the fact is, that the Dolittles do look to muscle in totally. You can see Camilla beckoning to Charles to come forward, yet he doesn’t. In effect, at centre stage you get Waity and Willy and the kids beside the Queen, with no space made for Charles by his son. Charles is in the back, with Harry. What does that tell us?

    • Vava says:

      That tells me that the Cambridges think they are quite special! LOL.

    • Betti says:

      They have a history of doing this – they did it last year when Waity pushed past Chuck to go stand next to William who was next to TQ with George. She was quite rude about it and literally shoved Harry out of the way. She has done this to TQ as well, there was one occasion at the annual christmas service she shoved past the Queen to start accepting bouquets. Thats the infamous Middleton pushiness showing through.

      At events like this they are both ‘keen’ to be centre stage, and seem to take as many opportunities to upstage his father.

    • KiddVicious says:

      It looks like there are marks for them to stand on. Price Phillip points to the queen’s mark, Kate looks at the ground and plants herself on her mark and George’s step stool is already set up. I’m sure all of this is planned out in advanced or it would be a free-for-all instead of knowing to go left or right once on the balcony. And it always seems to be the same set up with maybe a few changes in who gets next to the queen.

      Putting George and Charlotte next to the queen is a better photo op than if it were Charles and Camilla. Everyone wants to see the queen and the kids. The rest, not so much.

  33. Sofia says:

    Hope that I won’t get attacked for saying this, but Charlotte really looks uncomfortable on those pics. I saw the same behavior on my 2 small nieces when they are around something that is new for them especially if it is loud. She is so small so she doesn’t understand what is happening and people are probably yelling. It is normal for kids to feel like that so I don’t really see the need to bring her outside on the balcony, I am sure she was already on all inside photos taken with family. (Forgive my English)

  34. Citresse says:

    Based on today’s DM photos, is Kate planning to get pregnant with another daughter? (you know, sperm washing like they did with the first two).

  35. Megan says:

    I thought Kate looked beautiful and the kids were adorable. Prince William always looks so uncomfortable when he has to wear his ceremonial uniforms. Other than that, the family had a job to do out there and they were doing it. I can’t believe all the judging that goes on with this family on this website.

    • Sarah says:

      Well, Kate and Wills earned their harsh judgements. People gave them years to step it up and contribute for all of the perks they get which the taxpayers do actually pay for, although indirectly through the Duchy. And not only do they do almost nothing, they spend like drunken sailors on renovations, her bespoke clothes, $35k pieces of jewelry; the little they do, they botch. (Like saying, “How interesting,” in India when told that many Indian children who are beggars have their hands cut off so they can make more $$.) “How ignorant!” is my response to that.

    • bluevelvet says:

      They’re very regal. I adore them all. Prince William should get a hair transplant. Could you imagine the uproar???? So what, do it!!!!!! Duchess Katherine is stunning. Babies are darling. I just want to scoop them up…

  36. justme says:

    Not sure why my comment did not get posted? I merely said that Diana also appears to have reused an outfit that had belonged to Charles for William. Was it the fact that I put in a link to People Magazine? Charles wore it circa 1950, William in 1984 and George in 2015.

    It was what George wore last year on the balcony – the blue outfit with ruffles.