Prince George and Princess Charlotte between childhood and royal duty

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
George and Charlotte, now you've felt your royal duty early

Prince George and Princess Charlotte before the funeral service with Mama Princess Kate and Aunt Duchess Meghan

Prince George and Princess Charlotte before the funeral service with Mama Princess Kate and Aunt Duchess Meghan

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They are only nine and seven years old, but Prince George and Princess Charlotte were still part of the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II. The reason was dynastic duty.

Prince William and Princess Kate have just moved to Windsor because they want their three children to have as normal a life as possible. And then Queen Elizabeth II dies and throws away the sheltered childhood of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis around. The two oldest children were part of the funeral procession that led the coffin from the arrival at the entrance gate of Westminster Abbey to the altar. 2000 invited guests, heads of state and government as well as crowned heads from all over the world watched the Windsor offspring.

The big attention is nothing new for George and Charlotte. When they were babies, their parents would take them to Trooping the Color, the monarch's official birthday parade. But there the mini royals are protected on the balcony, have close physical contact with their parents, can talk, wave and at the same time are many meters away from strangers. In the Westminster Abbey it was different – ​​and saying goodbye to her "Gan Gan" was a sad highlight.

But public mourning at a young age is part of the dynastic duty of royal children.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the funeral procession: service for the crown

The most famous example isn't that far removed from George and Charlotte. Her father and uncle marched behind her mother Diana's coffin when they were 12 and 15, respectively. spoke later William and Harry of that awful day and questioned whether this should have been done to them. The Prince and Princess of Wales now have to put up with the same question.

It was previously reported that palace officials had asked the couple to bring their children to demonstrate that the dynasty was alive and well. It's the age-old question: service to the community before the good of the individual? Sure, now nobody can foresee whether and what consequences this day and their prominent role will have for the children. But if they sum up in a few years that this appearance came too early, it would be highly regrettable. Because William in particular could have drawn conclusions for his children from his own experience.

Balance between childhood and royal life: Kate and William have to decide prudently

But it is also true that the three Waleschildren are the only true royalty of their generation. Although their cousins ​​are in the line of succession, they do not make official appointments with their parents. In the years to come we will therefore see George, Charlotte and Louis much more often. The nine-year-old slipped into second place in line to the throne after the death of the Queen. Attention and curiosity will only grow. A quiet, sheltered childhood that is as normal as possible is a thing of the past.

It's on now Kate and William to strike a balance between childhood and royal public life. So far they've done a wonderful job, but of course the pressure on them is growing. The Waleses are expected to travel to Australia in 2023. It is quite possible that they will take their children there with them. The good thing is that despite their sense of duty, the royal couple puts their children first and if they knew they were suffering, they would withdraw from the public eye. George, Charlotte and Louis can always count on that.

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