The Royal Gesture: Royal Youngsters Perfecting Their Royal Wave Through The Years

Royal kids are taught about life in the palace from an early age. From going on tours abroad when they’re only a couple months old, to being taught about their duty to their country and the Queen, the young ones kinda have a lot on their plate from the start. But, one of the very first skills they pick up on - and one of the most important and basic ones - is how to properly do a royal wave!

By now, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already mastered the skill of the royal wave, learning from Her Majesty, their great-grandmother, herself. This past Saturday, their baby brother Prince Louis made his debut and also demonstrated his quick-learning skills. Let’s look at the cutest royal waves from the past few decades! But first, we'll explore the actual meaning behind the parade.

What does the tradition entail?

Trooping the Colour is a tradition that goes back to 1748, when King George II decided to combine the annual summer military march, along with his birthday celebration. Even though he was actually born in October. Ever since then, the monarch who is currently on the throne is given the option of having an official birthday in the summertime.

What exactly does "trooping the colour" mean anyway?

The title has to do with the regiment flags. In the 1700s, the numerous regiments would show off their flags during the parade, in order for the troops to recognize their banners during battle. And this is exactly where "trooping" the "colour" comes from.

This is why Queen Elizabeth has not one, but two birthdays

Honestly, we wish we were as lucky as the Queen! Elizabeth II's actual day of birth is on April 21, when she privately celebrates the occasion. However, the annual parade marks her "official" birthday publicly on June 9. Why is that, you might ask? Well, it really just comes down to good weather - the troubles of being a Brit, we assume. Summertime is the only time to do a proper parade.

The actual parade

Queen Elizabeth inspects her troops during the parade. In fact, she used to do this on horseback for a number of years but has attended in a carriage instead since 1987. The Telegraph reported that the yearly event includes 1,500 officers and men, plus 244 horses!

The highly-anticipated balcony appearance

This is one of the key parts of the Trooping the Colour parade. The moment that everyone waits for, is the royal family's appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Even though we sometimes see the royal family gather on the balcony throughout the year for other reasons, Trooping the Color is the only guaranteed annual appearance and is also the one with the largest group.

Prince Louis

Image source: Getty Images

Image source: Getty Images

Prince Louis made his debut in June 2019, at his very first Trooping the Colour parade in London. His appearance was as adorable as you would expect it to be - Louis was so excited about his first wave, that the 14-month old almost knocked Kate’s hat off!

Prince Louis

When they were turning around to go back inside, Kate asked the little prince, “Shall we wave bye bye?”

Prince Harry

Harry looks absolutely adorable on his first day of nursery! The little royal, who was only three years old at the time, was carrying a bag that was basically his size. Sooo cute.

Prince George

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Image source: Getty Images

Even though the future King was only a day old, he blessed well-wishers with a royal wave right outside the Lindo Wing back in July 2013.

Prince William

William looked super cute dressed up in a snowsuit, at an official photocall with his parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Prince William

An excited, four-year-old William pictured on his first day of school back in January 1987.

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte

Louis took note from his older sister Princess Charlotte and waved to the crowds as well from Buckingham Palace at this year’s Trooping the Colour event.

The Queen and Princess Charlotte

Image source: Youtube/The Royal Family Channel

Image source: Youtube/The Royal Family Channel

Princess Charlotte had the best examples to learn from! Following William and Kate’s move, Charlotte, aged three years old at the 2018 Trooping the Colour, was seen looking over the Queen and perfectly copying her royal wave.

Prince Harry and Lady Louise Windsor

Image source: Youtube/Yelo Bird

Image source: Youtube/Yelo Bird

At Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, Prince Harry decided to take the lead during the carriage procession, and encouraged Lady Louise Windsor, his cousin, to wave to the crowds with him too!

Prince George

Image source: Youtube/Royal Fashion Uk

Image source: Youtube/Royal Fashion Uk

Prince George blesses us with a double wave in 2016, during the Cambridges’ tour of Canada.

Princess Charlotte

Read more: Prince Charles Won't Automatically Be The Head of the Commonwealth Once He's King, And This Is The Reason Why.

Moments before going inside the Lindo Wing to meet her just arrived baby brother Louis, Princess Charlotte turns back and gives everybody one last wave.

Prince Andrew

Image source: Youtube/ British Pathé

Image source: Youtube/ British Pathé

Read more: Prince Charles Was Crying Before His Wedding Day And Prince Harry May Not Be Charles’ Son.

The 1964 Trooping the Colour was a special time. Queen Elizabeth presented Prince Edward, her youngest royal, to the world when he was only three months old. Big brother Prince Andrew, in the meantime, decided to copy his parents and wave!

This was a sweet walk down memory lane, wasn’t it? We don’t know about you guys, but we can’t wait to see baby Archie debut his first little royal wave now! Just like the rest of the royal family members, we’re sure he’ll master the skill just as quickly. We hope you enjoyed this article and share it with your friends who love everything related to the royals!

Sources: Hello Mag, Town & Country Mag

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