Princess Beatrice and Princess Charlotte were among the many members of the Royal Family who showed their support to the Queen on Tuesday 29 March at the late Prince Philip’s memorial.
While the pair arrived at Westminster Abbey separately, they sat quite close to each during the service of thanksgiving.
As the congregation sang a hymn, the pair could be seen sharing a sweet moment together as Princess Charlotte turned her head to look around.
When she turned to her right side, she caught her 33 year old cousin Beatrice’s eye, who flashed her wide smile which Charlotte reciprocated before looking back forward and down at her card to sing.
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Shortly after this exchange was caught on camera, Beatrice was seen breaking down into tears as she remembered her beloved grandfather, who died at the age of 99 on 9 April 2021.
Before the royals took their places in Westminster Abbey, Charlotte made her way in with her parents Prince William, 39, and Kate Middleton, 40, alongside her older brother Prince George, eight.
Charlotte appeared a little nervous for the occasion and held onto her mum’s hand as they walked into the venue. As the family approached the doors of the cathedral, Kate said to daughter Charlotte “you can smile”, according to a lip reader.
Expert lip reader Jacqui Press also gave further detail about the conversation the family had as they arrived, telling MailOnline that Prince William said “let’s go in” to Prince George as they walked into the chapel – before he guided him in and introduced him to dignitaries.
He then told people inside the Abbey “Good morning, good to see you again”, “Very well, thank you,” and “Have a good day”.
The Prince then explained to George who each of the bishops and other clergy were as he shook their hands.
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The family were greeted by clergy before heading to their seats, however just after the service began Kate was seen appearing to reach over to tell a seemingly unsettled Charlotte to be quiet.
Other young members of the royal family in attendance were Peter Phillips’s two daughters Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips and Zara and Mike Tindall’s eldest daughter, Mia.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex were also in attendance with their children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
Elsewhere, the Queen was seen sitting surrounded by family – a sharp contrast from last year’s funeral service where she was pictured sitting alone due to Covid restrictions.
The Queen’s arrival comes as a welcome confirmation that despite reportedly struggling with “stiff legs” and only recently coming out of her battle with COVID-19, she is feeling well enough to attend.
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