PRINCE GEORGE and Princess Charlotte were not able to make their first ever carriage ride appearance today, as Trooping the Colour took place under new social distancing rules
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis always delight royal fans when they make their select handful of royal appearances each year. The three siblings – especially cheeky Louis – stole the show last year at Trooping the Colour with their first appearance together as a family of five on the balcony. However, many royal watchers were disappointed when this year’s social distancing rules meant that George and Charlotte would miss out on a royal first.
It was widely supposed that this year would be the first time that George and Charlotte would be allowed to ride in the carriage procession that forms a well-loved part of the celebrations.
While the Queen rides alone in her own carriage, and Prince William usually rides on horseback as Colonel of the Irish Guard, the Duchess of Cambridge takes part in the carriage parade to Buckingham Palace.
Lucky spectators have caught glimpses in the past of George, Charlotte and Louis peeking out as they are being looked after at Buckingham Palace, by nanny Maria Borrallo, as they wait for the Royal Family to arrive.
However, social distancing rules meant that none of the rest of the Royal Family could travel from their country homes to be with the Queen in Windsor today.
Princess Charlotte; Prince George (Image: Getty)
The Cambridge family all together at Trooping the Colour last year (Image: Getty)
George and Charlotte are at home with their parents and Louis at Anmer Hall, on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Prince Philip, who is self-isolating at Windsor with Her Majesty, also chose not to take part as the Queen reviewed the troops from the Castle’s quadrangle.
It meant that the Queen, although in typically good spirits, seemed to cut a rather lonely figure at today’s ceremony.
However, royal fans will be looking forward to next year’s celebrations, and to catch a glimpse of the Cambridge children whose personalities already seem to be shining through.
Last year, little Louis almost caused Camilla’s hat to go flying as he enthusiastically wriggled about, while George and Charlotte were on their best behaviour.
Many will be wondering if little Archie may make his first appearance next year, too.
Last June, Prince Harry and Meghan’s son was only one month old when the parade took place and so stayed behind in the care of nannies.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals earlier this year, the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance is regarded as a private family appearance.
As they remain members of the Royal Family, and Harry retains his succession rights as grandson of the Queen, they still have the right to accompany the Queen on the balcony.
This is why other non-working royals, like Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, are regular fixtures for the world-famous balcony appearance.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK