Princess Charlotte recently had a minor fall during Trooping the Color, but Kate Middleton saved the day as she caught the little Princess before major damage could be done.
Trooping the Color marks the official birthday of a British sovereign. This year, the ceremony marked the Queen’s 92nd birthday. Although the monarch’s birthday actually falls on April 21, she celebrated it on June 9, a day before her husband’s birthday. The Queen was joined in her celebrations by Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton along with their kids, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Philip did not attend the ceremony, having retired from public duties. Prince Louis was also not present.
While standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Princess Charlotte fell and hit her head on the railing. Kate Middleton swooped in to save her daughter before she could get really hurt. When Princess Charlotte became visibly upset, Kate scooped her up in her arms to comfort her before setting her back down. The fall happened towards the end of the ceremony, so Princess Charlotte got a chance to go back inside soon after she banged her head.
She seemed to enjoy the rest of the ceremony along with her brother, Prince George, and cousin, Savannah Philips. The children especially seemed to enjoy when the Royal Air Force flew by. Dressed in a blue floral dress, she matched Kate’s pale blue Alexander McQueen dress. Viewers of the ceremony loved Charlotte’s vivid expressions and perfectly poised wave.
Fans of the little Princess and her mother also took to social media to appreciate her quick save and comment on her reflexes.
Princess Charlotte was falling down and banged her little face on the balcony ?
Catherine has quickly taken her daughter up and comforted her! It’s just a confirmation how great she is as a mum and how solicitous she is in general ❤️ pic.twitter.com/t7jl5GRWEc
— The Cambridge Family (@the5cambridges) June 9, 2018
— Mace (@RoyaleVision) June 9, 2018
— p u t r i ? (@PUTitrighthere_) June 9, 2018
The monarch also seemed to enjoy the ceremony along with her family. She recently had a cataracts operations and seemed fully recovered as she observed the proceedings. On the balcony, she seemed to be enjoying the children’s excitement just as much as she enjoyed the aerobatics and colored plumes of the Royal Air Force.
This ceremony also made history because of Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22-year-old guardsman who is the first member of the Coldstream Guards to take part in the parade while wearing a turban. Lall is originally from India and joined the British army in January 2016.
Trooping the Color has been the ceremony to celebrate the Monarch’s birthday since 1748.