The Prince and Princess of Wales‘ two youngest children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis stole the hearts of royal fans today as they offered smiles en route to Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace for the Coronation – and held hands during the opening moments of the historic service.
Princess Charlotte, who turned eight this week, was seen sitting alongside her little brother Prince Louis, in a royal car with the Prince and Princess of Wales.
The siblings arrived without their older brother Prince George, nine, who is a Page of Honour for his grandfather and following in the procession behind the King.
The young princess is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress and cape in ivory silk crepe with ivory stitch embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs, to signify the four nations.
She is wearing a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen Headpiece silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work.
Princess Charlotte offers a calming hand to younger brother Prince Louis as the pair arrive in Westminster Abbey to watch their grandfather’s Coronation ceremony
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis appear to take in the solemnity of the historic day in Westminster Abbey
It was thought that Prince Louis may not have attended the ceremony, but the young prince arrived alongside his parents and older sister at Westminster Abbey
Meanwhile, her younger brother Louis – who turned five on St George’s Day on April 23rd – looked regal in a bespoke outfit.
For the historic occasion, the young Prince is wearing an outfit made by Savile Row tailors Dege and Skinner which consists of a Hainsworth Garter Blue Doeskin Tunic with specially designed lace work embellishment to the collar, cuffs and fronts. The leg garment is black complete with Garter Blue stripe.
The Prince and Princess of Wales walk into Westminster Abbey ahead of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
Prince Louis of Wales makes his way into the Abbey ahead of the Coronation service, walking alongside his older sister Princess Charlotte
A smile for the crowds! Prince Louis, five, melted hearts as he joined the royal procession alongside the Prince and Princess of Wales and his older sister Princess Charlotte en route to Westminster Abbey
Princess Charlotte is seen making her way to Westminster Abbey, the young princess is wearing a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen Headpiece silver bullion, crystal and silver thread work, similar to the one worn by her mother
Charlotte is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress and cape in ivory silk crepe with ivory satin stitch embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs to signify the four nations
The young royal offered a wave to The Mall as he travelled in the royal car with his parents and sibling; his older brother is a Page of Honour for his grandfather and following in the procession behind the King separately
The Princess of Wales is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress in ivory silk crepe with silver bullion and thread work embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs, with the Royal Victorian Order Mantle
All eyes will be on Louis; last year Louis was the standout star of his great-grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, entertaining the crowds with his antics on the Buckingham Palace balcony and in the audience at the Jubilee pageant.
His parents aware of the responsibility on his young shoulders, it is thought that Prince Louis won’t attend tomorrow’s concert in Windsor.
The youngsters will reunite for the grand carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace after witnessing King Charles being crowned at the Abbey.
The King and Queen will travel in the 261-year-old Gold State Coach, followed by three carriages carrying working members of the Royal Family.
In the first carriage behind them will be the Prince and Princess of Wales, along with George, Charlotte and Louis.
It will be the biggest public test for the three siblings, who are becoming increasingly confident under the eyes of the watching world.
Thousands gathered on the Mall this morning, as Charles III’s day of destiny got underway. The historic first coronation of a British monarch in 70 years at Westminster Abbey saw just over 2,000 people arriving into Westminster Abbey this morning.
Crowds clapped and cheered as he passed from Clarence House to the Palace along The Mall as his day of destiny finally arrived
Britain’s great Coldstream Guards march The Mall
The monarch had been heir since the age of three, and is now ready to finally embrace his day of destiny with the woman he loves by his side. VIP guests queued for a mile from the Abbey from 6am to get one of the prime 2,300 seats inside.
Charles will be crowned in a Christian ceremony that dates back for 1,000 years on a day dripping with glorious displays of pageantry. It will also shine a spotlight on Britain’s place on the world stage.
His family, including Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, enjoyed a dinner at Mayfair club Oswald’s last night. Mike and Zara Tindall were out until 2am. Prince Harry flew in from Los Angeles yesterday for his 24-hour trip. It emerged last night he has been relegated to the third row in the Abbey with other non-working royals.
Around 100million are watching on TV around the globe, with around two million people – from all corners of the UK, Commonwealth and the world – in London for the historic event.
Guests of the King started arriving at the Abbey from 7am – four hours before the ceremony. Some 100 heads of state are in London, with representatives from 203 countries are attending.