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Princess Charlotte is doting older sister as she holds Prince Louis' hand

The royal youngsters walked behind their parents at the coronation  


Princess Charlotte of Wales and Britain's Prince Louis of Wales
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
May 6, 2023
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Princess Charlotte was a wonderful big sister to her five-year-old brother Prince Louis on the day of their grandfather's coronation, taking good care of him as they entered Westminster Abbey. 

The pair sweetly held hands as they walked behind their parents Prince William and Princess Kate into the Abbey – and royal watchers loved the adorable sibling moment. One person wrote: "Aaawww so beautiful," while another added: "Gorgeous. How proud their grandma Diana would be." 

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Princess Charlotte, eight, looked lovely in an Alexander McQueen white gown with a matching cape and a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen headpiece fashioned from silver bullion. The stunning headwear matched her mum Princess Kate's, also by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen. 

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Meanwhile, Prince Louis wore an outfit made by Dege and Skinner which consisted of a Hainsworth Garter Blue Doeskin Tunic with specially designed lacework embellishments to the collar, cuffs, and fronts. The leg garment was black complete with a Garter Blue stripe.

Their big brother George was one of his grandfather's pages of honour, and very much looked the part dressed in a knee-length scarlet coat with gold trimmings alongside Queen Camilla's grandsons, 13-year-old twins Gus and Louis Lopes, and 13-year-old Freddy Parker Bowles. They all wore matching scarlet robes for the royal occasion.

Charlotte holding hands with Louis
Charlotte holding hands with Louis

Kate previously opened up about her children's nerves for the big day. During one heartwarming moment with a well-wisher, she said: "They are doing really well, thank you. [They] are excited but a bit nervous obviously with the big day ahead. But they can't wait." 

Asked how she and Prince William were feeling, the royal mum-of-three replied: "Yes, all good. Hopefully a bit sort of like swans, relatively calm on the outside and [paddling] on the inside." 

Prince Louis pointing during the service© Getty
Prince Louis pointing out something interesting to his sister during the service

Everything you need to know about George, Charlotte and Louis

Prince William and Kate's eldest child Prince George Alexander Louis was born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on 22 July 2013. The Prince is second-in-line to the throne and will one day be King. In recent years, George has made more public appearances at major royal events and joined his parents on public engagements.

His younger siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, born in 2015 and 2018 respectively, are third and fourth in line to the throne and are likely to carry out royal duties in future too. Like their elder brother, the young royals were also born at the Lindo Wing.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla© Getty
The Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

The Wales family reside at Adelaide Cottage, having moved to Windsor in summer 2022. Prior to that, their official residence was Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace in London. The family-of-five typically spend weekends and school holidays at their country abode, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

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Following the move, the children enrolled at Lambrook school in Berkshire last September. George and Charlotte were previously pupils at Thomas's school in Battersea, while Louis attended Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington.

Princess Charlotte holding hands with Louis© Getty
Princess Charlotte holding hands with Louis

George, Charlotte and Louis are largely growing up out of the public eye, but attend royal occasions such as Trooping the Colour, the Easter Sunday and Christmas church services, and of course, last year's Platinum Jubilee events.

More photos from the coronation

The Princess of Wales wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen gown beneath her coronation robes© Getty Images
The Princess of Wales wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen gown beneath her coronation robes
Louis and Charlotte talking to each other© Getty
Louis spotted something he wanted to show Charlotte during the service
The Wales family arrive at Westminster Abbey© Getty
The Wales family arrive at Westminster Abbey
The Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Princess of Wales at the coronation ceremony© Getty
The Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Princess of Wales at the coronation ceremony
Camilla chose a Bruce Oldfield gown for the big day© Getty
Camilla chose a Bruce Oldfield gown for the big day
Kate wore a dazzling headpiece for the big day© Getty
Kate wore a dazzling headpiece for the big day
King Charles III and Queen Camilla stand after entering Westminster Abbey through the Great West Door© Getty
King Charles III and Queen Camilla stand after entering Westminster Abbey through the Great West Door
TOPSHOT - Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives at Westminster Abbey in central London on May 6, 2023, ahead of the coronations of Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort. - The set-piece coronation is the first in Britain© ODD ANDERSEN
Princess Kate wore a custom Alexander McQueen headpiece
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England.© Getty
The Prince and Princess of Wales were followed by Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
Britain's Princess Charlotte of Wales and Britain's Prince Louis of Wales arrive at Westminster Abbey in central London on May 6, 2023, ahead of the coronations of Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort.© Getty
Princess Charlotte's hair was styled into a regal braided chignon

Westminster Abbey

© Dan Kitwood

London's Westminster Abbey has played host to every coronation since 1066, with King Charles III set to be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned there. The historic church was originally built by Edward the Confessor in 1040 and is the burial site for 18 monarchs in addition to some of the nation's greatest poets, musicians, scientists and politicians. 

The abbey – which has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status – boasts spectacular gothic exteriors, splendid, vaulted ceilings and mesmerising mosaic floors. Other highlights include the ancient Coronation Chair, the glorious Lady chapel, and David Hockney's vibrant stained glass window.

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