7-Year-Old Charlotte Pays Tribute to Granny at Her Funeral & Appears to Bravely Holds Back Her Emotions
During her great-grandmother's funeral service, which only two of the Queen's great-grandchildren attended, Charlotte wore a mid-length coat similar to her mother.
Following her great-grandmother's death, Charlotte could not hold back her tears and was spotted crying shortly after the service.
Charlotte has always acted mature for her age. Here are all the times she acted maturely and corrected her siblings when they went out of character.
Since the Queen's passing on Thursday, September 8, her family and other royal observers worldwide have mourned her, paying tributes for days, until the final day when she was laid to rest on Monday, September 19.
After lying in state for days, the body of the late Queen Elizabeth II made its final journey as part of a grand state funeral. It first traveled to Westminster Abbey for a religious service in front of a congregation of thousands and then to Windsor Castle for a more intimate committal service and, in the evening, a private burial.
The royal family came together for the final day service at Westminster Abbey, where they followed the Monarch's coffin as it was brought into Westminster Hall.
Members of the royal family attend the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the only Queen's great-grandchildren to attend the royal funeral, walked in alongside their mother to join in the solemn send-off service.
They joined the 2,000 mourners that had attended the service, including heads of state, foreign royals, and almost 200 key workers and volunteers.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II held at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
While George wore a navy blue suit with a black tie, Charlotte was in an all-black long coat with pleats by Spanish childrenswear label Ancar, pairing it with black tights. Her outfit matched her mother's black Alexander McQueen coat dress complimented with a dramatic black veiled hat.
Charlotte also adorned a wide-brimmed hat by the Jane Taylor luxury Headwear label. Headpieces are a staple for British women at formal events, and the princess looked stunning in her boater with a bow at the back.
The seven-year-old, also known to share her great-grandmother's love for horses and the equestrian sport — she reportedly rode well into her '90s — appeared to use her sense of fashion to pay tribute to the Queen by wearing a diamond brooch shaped like a horseshoe.
Princess Charlotte of Wales is seen during The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Fans say wearing the brooch was a wonderful gesture of honoring the monarch. The brooch is said to be a gift from the Queen, and for fashionistas, it was also a peek into the princess' future style. It also marked the first time the cameras spotted her wearing jewelry.
Charlotte Acted Very Maturely during the Funeral Service
Charlotte and George's presence at the royal state funeral was a long-deliberated decision by their parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales. Royal advisors told William and Kate that it would be crucial for George to be present as it would signify a sense of engagement and duty and a reassurance of the order of succession.
However, there were concerns about the Wales children attending the funeral, with many believing they were too young to handle the grief and solemnity of the event.
Camilla, Queen Consort, Prince George Catherine, and Princess Charlotte during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The two, the youngest attendees, visibly struggled through the ceremony. However, for a 7-year-old, Charlotte acted maturely and, despite the grief, remembered the royal protocol involved in paying final respects to the departed monarch.
As some of the royal family members and numerous other mourners stood outside of Wellington Arc to let the Queen's casket pass, George and Charlotte were seen having a conversation.
She could be seen with her finger pointed at her brother as she went on to instruct him on what to do once the casket passed. She seemingly mouthed: "You need to bow," as George listened intently before bowing his head and nodding.
Despite the solemnity of the event, Charlotte also appeared to remain strong-willed during the service, except for the one time she was spotted getting emotional.
Shortly after the service at Westminster Abbey, Charlotte could not hold her tears and was spotted crying, even as her mother tried to console her.
Unsurprisingly, Prince George also appeared to get emotional as the family sat in a car on their way to Westminster and again during the service.
Even though Kate kept placing a reassuring and comforting hand on her children, emotions appeared to take the better of George. He was spotted wiping tears from his eyes with one hand as he held the Funeral Order of Service booklet in the other.
Prince George and Catherine, Princess of Wales sit in a car as it drives on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle, on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images
Overall, the two tried their best to fight their emotions during and after the funeral service. And many have commended how mature they carried themselves.
All the Times Charlotte Corrected Her Brothers
Charlotte instructing her older brother to bow may have been a spur-of-the-moment action, but it wasn't the first time Charlotte acted maturely for her age and corrected her siblings' behavior.
During the carriage debut at the Trooping the Color ceremony in June, the three siblings, George, Charlotte, and Prince Louis, sat together in the first carriage of the procession, accompanied by their mother and now-Queen Consort Camila.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte ride in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 02, 2022, in London, England | Source: Getty Images
They waved enthusiastically to the crowds as they passed, but Charlotte took a break after a while. However, her little brother continued to wave. Noticing this, Charlotte took Louis' hands and placed them on his lap. Comically, Louis started waving again only moments later.
Another incident when Charlotte corrected George's behavior was during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations to honor the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
The royal family made an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and as the National Anthem, "God Save the Queen" played, George placed his hand on the edge of the balcony. Once Charlotte noticed, she nudged him asking him to fix his posture.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
George quickly stood up straight and put his arms by his side. Her mature behavior has not gone unnoticed by the older royal family members.
In 2018, the Queen asked a student if she looked after her younger sisters, and when the mother answered that it was the other way around, the Queen noted that it was like that with Charlotte, implying that she took care of her older brother.