Insights into Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with Princess Charlotte

Prince Philip lived a long fruitful life until the age of 99, and members of the royal family celebrated his life while mourning his death. William, Prince of Wales was in the unenviable position of explaining Philip’s death to his three young children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Months before Philip’s death, William and Catherine, the Princess of Wales’ children, put together an adorable card to celebrate the 73rd wedding anniversary of Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, according to Express. After Philip’s death in April 2021, William explained to his children why their great-grandfather was no longer there. “William has been telling George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip ‘went to heaven’ and ‘is now an angel,'” a source told Us Weekly. In a statement on his grandfather’s death, William recalled the “special memories” he had of the children spending time with their great-grandfather.

Before her death on September 8, the Queen maintained a good relationship with her grandson and his family. During a drive-in movie night on May 27, 2021, Kate was accessorized with a pair of dazzling sapphire earrings she borrowed from Elizabeth, per People. In February 2021, it was announced that William and Kate were looking to add a fourth child to their family. A source confirmed the Queen was “over the moon” but wanted the Prince and Princess of Wales to think carefully about it. “She loves her great-grandchildren,” an insider told Us Weekly. “That worries her a bit [William and Kate] bite off more than they can chew.”

Of course, the Waleses didn’t have another child before the Queen’s death, giving Charlotte time and space to develop a relationship with her.

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Charlotte is very similar to the Queen

Prince William and Princess Catherine’s second child, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, was born on May 2, 2015 and was named after both her late grandmother, Princess Diana, and her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. As the NZ Herald reported, the Queen waited just three days after Charlotte’s birth to meet her fifth great-grandchild.

The Prince and Princess of Wales made sure their children were on good terms with their great-grandparents and as a result the Queen was quite close to all three. In 2018, Elizabeth hooked up with a 10-year-old girl after winning a religious school project. The queen asked if the girl was taking care of her younger sister, but the girl’s mother said, “It’s the other way around,” per People. This reminded Elizabeth of the dynamic between her great-grandchildren. “That’s how it is with Charlotte and George,” she replied, inferring that Charlotte was taking care of her big brother.

Over the years, many have noticed a striking resemblance between Charlotte and the Queen. When Charlotte turned 6, her parents shared a photo of her with the press. The Daily Mirror’s Russell Myers compared it to a snap of the Queen at a similar age. “Someone sent me a picture of the Queen at seven and it just stands out,” he said on an episode of “Pod Save the Queen” (via Express). There were similar comparisons between the two when the royal couple posted a Christmas photo of Charlotte in December 2020, per People. Looks like the great-grandapple didn’t fall too far from the royal tree!

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Princess Charlotte has a sentimental heirloom from Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Charlotte has publicly created a special keepsake that demonstrates her close connection to Queen Elizabeth II. As stated by People, Queen Elizabeth II previously gave Charlotte a brooch that is a royal family heirloom. The daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton wore the piece of jewelry, which the outlet described as a “diamond horseshoe,” to her late great-grandmother’s funeral service. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, was the original owner of the brooch and was first seen wearing the heirloom in 1929. The horseshoe shape of the brooch has additional sentimental meaning as it is a nod to Queen Elizabeth II’s longstanding interest in equestrianism.

As she attended the funeral service, Charlotte was ready to pay her respects to Queen Elizabeth II. During a synopsis of the event, Today noted that Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, were the “only of the Queen’s 12 great-grandchildren” to be present at the service – perhaps because they are in the direct line of royal succession. The young King reportedly reminded George of the protocol for the service and said to him, “You must bow,” as her great-grandmother’s coffin passed, according to Cosmopolitan. The couple then bowed their heads together. Additionally, Sky News Australia shared a video of Kate comforting Charlotte as she got emotional following the funeral in honor of the Queen, who affectionately dubbed her ‘Gan Gan’.