Charlotte instructs George to bow at the Queen’s funeral

Princess Charlotte, 7, lightened the mood a bit as she reminded older brother Prince George, 9, of royal protocol at their great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19. Per People, as the Queen’s coffin passed them at Wellington Arch, Charlotte leaned toward her brother and whispered, “You must bow.”

The eldest of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children, the two siblings attended the Queen’s funeral procession and joined the royal family behind the coffin as it entered Westminster Abbey. However, 4-year-old Prince Louis was not present.

The incident wasn’t the first time Charlotte has been spotted giving George advice on protocol. When “God Save the Queen” performed at the Platinum Jubilee in June, she nudged her older brother until he removed his elbow from the balcony ledge and corrected his posture, according to People.

Elizabeth’s state funeral provided the world with an opportunity to mourn the Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Charlotte and George’s aunt and uncle Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were also in attendance, while their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, were absent. Several significant figures and celebrities from around the world were also in attendance, from President Joe Biden to French Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Sandra Oh.

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