Savannah Phillips is not the first little Royal to cover a cousin's mouth on the balcony

Jun 15, 2018
07:18 P.M.
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Savannah Phillips covered her cousin, Prince George’s mouth during Trooping the Colour ceremony, however, an old photo proves she is not the original Royal rule-breaker.


The Royal family was assembled on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the ceremony on June 9, 2018.

This year’s Trooping the Colour ceremony will be remembered for a long time for an adorable reason. Savannah Phillips’ antics while the national anthem was playing at the Buckingham Palace.

However, an old photo from September 1990 shows that she was only following in the footsteps of Prince Harry. He did the same to Princess Beatrice while on the palace balcony, according to a Twitter post by Daily Mail.

In the photo, a six-year-old Harry can be seen putting his hand over two-year-old Beatrice’s mouth as they witnessed the Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary Parade about three decades ago.


The young Royals were joined by Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, who was dressed in vibrant green. The other members of the family included the Duchess of York. Now, the young generation of the Royal family stole the limelight at the ceremony on June 9.

The Queen’s great-granddaughter, Savannah, seems to be unimpressed with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest child, Prince George. She slapped a hand over his mouth to keep him quiet and put an end to his chatter.

Savannah, who is the daughter of Peter Phillips and granddaughter of Princess Anne, also made a shushing motion at little George.

The four-year-old Prince could not contain his excitement as he watched the planes zoom overhead. However, the Duke of Cambridge looked unimpressed by the pair’s antics and gave them a disapproving look.


The photo from 1990 has Diana who is less concerned by Harry’s antics, as the Royals watch a flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The late Princess was then seen doting on her son, who later hugged his cousin. Queen Elizabeth II joined the party along with Baudouin of Belgium.

At this year’s ceremony, Princess Charlotte seemed a little overwhelmed as the Duchess of Cambridge stepped to comfort her. Little Charlotte quickly composed herself after her mother gave her a cuddle.

Savannah’s father, Peter Phillips, is the only son of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips. Peter married his Canada-born wife, Autumn, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in 2008.

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