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Princess Charlotte's unseen role after King Charles's coronation revealed by Prince William

Princess Charlotte, eight, witnessed the moment her grandfather Charles was crowned


Princess Charlotte was a doting big sister to Prince Louis
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
May 7, 2023
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The Prince of Wales has spoken about Princess Charlotte's unofficial role at the King and Queen's coronation, as he and wife Kate surprised well-wishers on the Long Walk in Windsor.

William, 40, who paid homage to his father during the Westminster Abbey, was asked by one little girl where his eight-year-old daughter Charlotte was, he replied: "She's very tired after yesterday. She's having a quiet day at home. It was making sure her little brother behaved himself."

The young Princess was a doting big sister as she held five-year-old Prince Louis' hand as they arrived and departed the coronation service at the Abbey.

Charlotte could also be seen chatting to her little brother throughout the two-hour service. Louis, who celebrated his fifth birthday last month, retired midway through the ceremony but joined his parents and siblings in the carriage procession as the royals made their way back to Buckingham Palace.

George, nine, had a starring role as one of his grandfather's pages of honour and was dressed in a red uniform.

Charlotte matched her mother Kate in a white Alexander McQueen dress with a floral headpiece, while Louis was dressed in a Hainsworth Garter Blue Doeskin Tunic made by bespoke Savile Row tailors Dege and Skinner.

Princess Charlotte protectively held her brother's hand© Getty
Princess Charlotte protectively held her brother's hand
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis accompanied the Prince and Princess of Wales© Getty
Charlotte and Louis arriving at the service with their parents

After the coronation service and carriage procession, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children were among the royals to join the newly crowned King and Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the flypast.

William and Kate exchange a loving look© Getty
William and Kate exchange a loving look

The family-of-five waved at the crowds and looked up in awe as the aircraft put on a spectacular display. William and Kate were even spotted sharing sweet glances at one another.

Prince Louis claps and waved as he views a flypast at Buckingham Palace© Getty
Prince Louis claps and waved as he views a flypast at Buckingham Palace
Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Charlotte, Princess Anne, the Princess of Wales and Prince Louis© Getty
The Duchess of Edinburgh points out something in the crowd to Charlotte and Louis

With a few hours to go before Take That, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and others take to the stage in Windsor for a musical extravaganza, William and Kate chatted to picnicking families who were enjoying the summer sunshine. See their outing in the clip below...

WATCH: William and Kate join Big Lunch guests in Windsor

The Prince wore a navy jacket and trousers, with a blue shirt, while the Princess almost matched her husband in a pale blue blazer, a white top, black fitted trousers and trainers.

Coronation Concert Lineup

Coronation Concert Lineup

King Charles III's coronation concert will be taking place in Windsor Castle's grounds on 7 May 2023, and a very exciting line-up is planned for the event. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Take That are the lead performers for the evening. 

Katy Perry singing in a blue figure-hugging gown© Getty Images
The Fireworks singer wore her semi-sheer blue look to perform at the store

Also performing will be: Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Winwood, world-renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, and classical-soul composer Alexis-Ffrench. In a change to originally announced plans, Zak Abel will be replacing Freya Ridings after she had to drop out due to illness. 

Additionally, the evening will feature appearances from stars including Tom Cruise, Sir Tom Jones, Bear Grylls and Ncuti Gatwa in a pre-filmed video. Winnie the Pooh is also due to make an appearance.

Caroline Mulvihill, from the Rock Choir in Windsor and Maidenhead, spoke to William during the meet and greet.

She told the PA news agency: "We were talking about the kind of music we do in Rock Choir and Will was telling us in their household they have a very diverse music taste and George is very much into AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. It was quite interesting to hear that."

William and Kate surprised well-wishers on the Long Walk in Windsor© Getty
William and Kate surprised well-wishers on the Long Walk in Windsor
The royal appeared in high spirits© James Whatling
Kate opted for a blue blazer and trouser ensemble for the Big Lunch

The King, Queen and royal family will join around 20,000 members of the public at the concert. 

Heir to the throne William is to take to the stage to deliver a speech during the event in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Kensington Palace sharing behind-the-scenes footage of the prince during rehearsals.

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