George and Charlotte, the great royal duo: How they remind us of a young Charles and Anne

George and Charlotte, the great royal duo: How they remind us of a young Charles and Anne

They are already a famous double as their latest commanding performance made clear, be it waving cheerily to the crowd or punching the air together as Carlos Alcaraz defeated Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men’s final.

George and Charlotte and he is not the only prince and princess acting double in recent times.

Seasoned royal watchers reminded her of their grandfather, King Charles III, and his sister Anne, Princess Royal, in their younger days.

Born 21 months apart, Charles was just three and Anne was not quite two when their late mother, Princess Elizabeth, ascended the throne in 1952.

The young royal siblings smiled and waved to royal fans as they took their seats in the front row of the Royal Box watching the men’s singles final on Sunday.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne wave to royal watchers during a family visit to Balmoral in May 1956

Prince George (right) and Princess Charlotte (left) stole the show as the pair punched the air with joy to celebrate the world number one’s first Wimbledon title in a five-set epic

Princess Charlotte and Prince George of Wales arrive at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon

After moving from their family home in Piccadilly to the sprawling grounds of Buckingham Palace when she becomes queen, the two young royals lean on each other as they navigate their strange new lives.

A poignant picture shows Charles helping his sister walk up the steps to greet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they arrived in Malta to greet their parents in 1954.

Charles and Anne enjoyed each other’s company, known to share a love of the countryside, an affection for all things Scottish and a bit of a sense of humour.

They have proposed to forge a special bond.

Prince Louis, the youngest of the three children of Wales, has left a different path to negotiations because he is neither heir nor spare.

Being junior in the set-up can be a difficult role in its own way, as Prince Andrew and Edward have probably found out.

According to The Express, many associate with Princess Charlotte today, Anne is said to have known how to assert herself in any room from a young age.

Mabel Anderson, a former royal nanny, said that Charles was ‘never as boisterous or boisterous as Princess Anne’ who was still a ‘much stronger, more extroverted figure’.

Princess Anne and her brother, Prince Charles walk hand in hand as they are taken to Malta to visit their parents after a Commonwealth visit in 1954

Princess Anne, aged three, and Prince Charles, aged five, stand side by side in the gardens of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park in 1954

Charlotte and George on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Color parade on June 17, 2017

The Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Color ceremony in 1963

The Queen with Prince William, Princess Kate and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022

Princess Charlotte has proven to be quite the royal leader alongside her two brothers.

The eight-year-old looked calm beyond her years at King Charles’ coronation in May as she led her younger brother Prince Louis hand-in-hand into Westminster Abbey.

Royal watchers have often commented on Charlotte’s sisterly authority over her brothers during royal engagements.

Body language expert Judy James told FEMAIL: ‘Charlotte seems to be the little leader of the family dynamic, strikingly stepping forward in a pose with her parents and clapping using what shows the most energy and excitement.

‘Charlotte has always been the one who seems most enthusiastic about clapping in public, and her meet and greet with the crowd at Christmas suggested Kate and William may recognize the fact that she is currently the most confident of their children in social situations.’

Today, George and Charlotte attend Lambbrook School in Berkshire together.

Although Charles and Anne attended different boarding schools in the 1950s and 60s.

Speaking to the Observer in 1980, Anne admitted that she had ‘accepted the role of being second in everything from a young age’ and that ‘you take that position as part of that experience’.

Like his grandfather and father, George is destined for the throne, which keeps him away from his younger siblings.

However, it is likely that he will come to rely on a sister when he is closer to her age and experience when he finally takes his place as king – as Charles did with Anne.

Since Queen Elizabeth’s death, the princess has been by her brother’s side.

In a statement released in September 2022, she said: ‘I am also grateful for the support and understanding given to my dear brother Charles as he takes on the additional responsibilities of The Monarch.’

The royal children of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leave the grounds of Abergeldy Castle near the Balmoral Estate in Scotland in August 1955

Prince William and Prince Harry vacation with the Spanish royal family at Marivent Palace in Palma, Majorca, Spain on August 13, 1988.

The then Prince of Wales with his sister Princess Anne and grandmother Princess Andrew of Greece on arrival at Portsmouth station

George and Charlotte during the state funeral of their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022

And visible support continued through the King’s coronation and beyond.

There was a time when Prince William expected the same close support from his younger brother, Prince Harry, who bonded over their mother’s death and growing up in the public eye.

However, the unraveling of that relationship has, for the moment, become a personal problem for William and a problem for the monarchy.

Royal expert Katie Nicol says Right!, ‘The past few years have been challenging. We had the brothers drop out and Megxit, and I think it was hard for William.

‘He’s lost his support act in Harry but he really recognizes that he has an invaluable support act in Kate’.

After his departure from Britain and as a working member of the royal family, the Duke of Sussex revealed in his memoir Spare how his role was made clear from the start – to provide a spare part for his brother, the future king, William.

Harry recounted the story of how his father King Charles told Princess Diana on the day Harry was born: ‘Surprise! Now you’ve given me an heir and spare – I’m done.’

Charles and Anne share a love of horse riding, Anne being an accomplished equestrian and Charles playing polo competitively until the age of 57.

Even during royal engagements, the royals are always seen having fun and are often seen laughing together.

Both Charles and Anne are known for their wry sense of humor and a clip from an event at Buckingham Palace in 2018 showed the monarch sneaking in to give her little sister a little scare.

If last weekend’s Royal Box at Wimbledon was anything to go by, there’s more to come.


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