Cambridge children shine at Platinum Jubilee: Best George, Charlotte and Louis photos

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Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London
Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in London. (Getty Images)

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee was, rightfully so, all about the Queen. As Her Majesty herself said, marking 70 years on the throne "really is a first". And she handled each event flawlessly – ma'malade sandwiches and all.

But while the Queen has had seven decades to perfect her public appearances, there were three young royals thrust into the spotlight this weekend with very little experience of crowds and cameras: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children.

George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, carried out a number of engagements over the course of the four-day jubilee celebrations, cementing both their place and importance in the future of the monarchy and acting as a visual reminder of just how close they are to the throne.

It also gave the public a chance to see the junior royals interacting with one another, their parents and wider Royal Family members – a rare treat for fans of the monarchy.

Watch: Prince Louis keeps crowds entertained with series of faces

Their jam-packed schedule – which included a trip to Cardiff, a carriage procession debut, a late-night concert and not one but two balcony appearances – and resulting screen time delighted the world. After all, as well-behaved and prepared as they may be, no young child's capable of being anything other than honest with their reactions. And nor should they be.

From Louis' moment in the spotlight at Trooping the Colour to George passionately singing along to 'Sweet Caroline' and Charlotte taking her younger brother under her wing, multiple memorable moments were created by the trio over the past four days. And hats off to them for enduring the cheers and spotlight so well as such a young age.

Their parents also deserve a round of applause for maintaining their cool under the gaze of the globe.

Buckingham Palace appearance

To the delight of the crowds gathered on The Mall – and those watching the jubilee's live coverage on television – the Queen made her second balcony appearance on Sunday afternoon, marking the end of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall joined the monarch in addition to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Platinum Pageant. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Cambridges smile and wave at onlookers as they join the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony. (Getty Images)

Platinum Pageant

George, Charlotte and Louis joined their parents, wider family and politicians in stands outside Buckingham Palace to watch the Platinum Jubilee on Sunday 5 June. The celebratory event, which involved more than 10,000 military, performers and key workers, was topped off by Prince Louis, who kept the crowds entertained with his animated expressions and loving moments with his mum. At one point, he also hopped onto the lap of his grandfather, Prince Charles, for a cuddle.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Louis pulls faces as his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, attempts to stop him at the Platinum Pageant. (Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) is huged by her son Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (R) during the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - The curtain comes down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee with a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch's record seven decades on the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge is hugged by her son, Prince Louis, during the Platinum Pageant. (Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and her son Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (R) react during the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - The curtain comes down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee with a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch's record seven decades on the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Louis enjoys the pageant alongside the Duchess of Cambridge. (Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) is huged by her son Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (L) during the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - The curtain comes down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee with a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch's record seven decades on the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The young prince gives his mum a kiss in a rarely-seen public display of affection between a royal and their child. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall laughs with Prince Louis of Cambridge during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall laughs with Louis of Cambridge during the Platinum Pageant. (Getty Images)

Platinum Party at the Palace

George and Charlotte were both granted a later-than-usual bedtime to attend the Party at the Palace on Saturday evening, which ran from 7.30-10.30pm and caused some debate among fans. Louis, aged just four, was understandably absent. The pair both behaved impeccably and watched from the stands outside Buckingham Palace, with their parents sat beside them.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: (L-R) Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace on June 04, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince George and Prince William are all smiles as they watched the Platinum Party at the Palace. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Boris Johnson, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Platinum Party At The Palace at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.  (Photo by Henry Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte and Prince George wave their flags and react to the on-stage happenings at the Platinum Party at the Palace. (Getty Images)

Cardiff visit

William and Kate surprised fans by bringing George and Charlotte to Cardiff during their fleeting visit on Saturday. The occasion marked the young prince and princess' very first public engagement.

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 04: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge visit Cardiff Castle on June 04, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with George and Charlotte in Cardiff as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 04: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge visit Cardiff Castle on June 04, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
George and Charlotte share a sweet moment during a visit to Cardiff Castle. (Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 04: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge laughs as she conducts a band next to her brother Prince George of Cambridge during a visit to Cardiff Castle on June 04, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Ashley Crowden - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Charlotte laughs as she conducts a band next to her brother George during a visit to Cardiff Castle. (Getty Images)

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour kickstarted the Platinum Jubilee, giving an immediate sense of just how crucial the entire Cambridge family would be in the Queen's celebrations. While all three children had previously appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the annual event, they added to their royal check-list by joining the carriage-drawn procession along with their mother and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Then came the palace appearance, wherein Louis delighted the crowds with his many amusing expressions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee on June 02, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. Trooping The Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army that has taken place since the mid-17th century. It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign. This year, from June 2 to June 5, 2022, there is the added celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II  in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
George, Louis and Charlotte practise their waving as they acknowledge those gathered to watch the royal procession ahead of Trooping the Colour. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: (L-R) Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge bow their heads as they receive a salute as the Royal Procession returns to Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2, 2022 in London, England. Trooping The Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army that has taken place since the mid-17th century. It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign. This year, from June 2 to June 5, 2022, there is the added celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II  in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The trio were widely praised for correctly dipping their heads in respect when passing the colour, as is tradition. (Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (R) holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. - Huge crowds converged on central London in bright sunshine on Thursday for the start of four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
This photo of Louis, standing screaming beside his great-grandmother the Queen, quickly became one of the most popular photos of the four-day jubilee event. (Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 02: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 2, 2022 in London, England. Trooping The Colour, also known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, is a military ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army that has taken place since the mid-17th century. It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign. This year, from June 2 to June 5, 2022, there is the added celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Louis covers his ears and screams while his mother, grandfather and great-grandmother enjoy the flypast. (Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge watches from a window of Buckingham Palace as the troops march past during the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. - Huge crowds converged on central London in bright sunshine on Thursday for the start of four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee, in what could be the last major public event of her long reign. (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATT DUNHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The young royal took a look at the proceedings ahead of his balcony appearance. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 02, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Queen smiling and talking to Prince Louis during the Trooping the Colour balcony appearance. (Getty Images)
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