One of the biggest reasons royal watchers love the Queen‘s official birthday is the opportunity to see adorable kids grow up! Trooping the Colour is the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday, every year.
The pomp and spectacle are unrivalled – as are the chances to see royal kids doing silly, adorable or funny things! And this year’s event, which is taking place on Thursday, will once again welcome the royal family out on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Keep reading to see some of our favourite royal children’s moments from Trooping the Colour through the years, from the Queen to the Cambridge kids and more!
This adorable photo of Her Majesty was taken in 1927, when she was just over a year old! Her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, then the Duchess of York, holds her in her arms, while grandmother and queen consort Mary of Teck shields the young princess from Britain’s infamous rain. Behind mother and daughter is George V, and the future George VI can be seen to the far left.
Mary of Teck’s umbrella made another appearance on June 5, 1933, when Elizabeth rode in a carriage with her grandmother, mother (right) and aunt Princess Mary, Princess Royal (second left).
The future Prince of Wales looked confident and also enthralled by the spectacle as he rode in a carriage with the Queen Mother (second right) and aunt Princess Margaret on June 10, 1954. He was five years old.
The Duke of York waved to onlookers and showed off the cutest smile with his mother on Buckingham Palace’s balcony on June 2, 1962.
The future Duke of Cambridge was dressed in a similar shade of blue when his mother, the late Princess Diana, held him in her arms during the 1984 event. The sweet little boy was just about to turn two, and his relatives (L-R) the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Princess Michael and Princess Michael’s son Lord Frederick Windsor were all completely taken with him.
A year later, the future Duke of Sussex made his Trooping debut. The little tot, who was about nine months old at the time, charmed royal watchers with this huge yawn while dad Prince Charles handed him to Princess Diana on the Buckingham Palace balcony. His older brother William seemed very interested in what was going on around him, as his other royal youngster counterparts!
An incredibly sweet moment between mom and child took place in 1987, when William rode in a carriage with his mother Princess Diana and great-grandmother the Queen Mother. Look at how they’re looking at each other! That’s a mom and child who truly love each other. She was so proud of him and he was so happy to be there – and looked incredibly adorable in his suit!
Prince William has no idea what’s happening behind him! Princess Diana was shocked when her youngest son stuck his tongue out at a photographer in a move that became infamous – and copied by other royals since! She must have been mortified, but this is just one of the many reasons royal watchers love Harry!
Uh oh! Did someone tell William what his little brother did? This moment from 1988 is equally funny.
Two years later, Harry was pictured (right) in an equally adorable snap, seemingly enthralled by the spectacle of everything going on around him. (L-R) Prince William, Lord Frederick Windsor, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Rose Windsor seem just as thrilled to be there, but perhaps a tiny bit less animated.
The little Prince of Cambridge sort of imitated his uncle Harry when looking out the Buckingham Palace windows at the spectacle on June 13, 2015. His nanny, Maria Teresa Borrallo, clearly recognized how cute the nearly two-year-old boy’s moment was. Look at her smile!
Later that day, George made his balcony debut, pointing out something he thought was totally amazing while in his dad’s arms. A plane? The crowd? Too cute.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George
Not only the kids were cute here! George couldn’t decide whether he wanted to look away or keep staring during the 2016 event. Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte, who was making her Trooping debut after having just turned one, seemed completely at ease while adorably twinning with her mom. William seemed… strangely confused for the number of times he’s done this event.
Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Savannah Phillips
The next year, the two Cambridge kids and their cousin Savannah couldn’t get enough of the fly past. We’re not really sure why George was covering one eye, though! It seemed to be a frequent move when he was younger!
Savannah Phillips and Prince George
It was the shush to end all shushes! Savannah could not help but lean down and cover her younger cousin’s mouth in 2018. Prince William, standing behind them, was not impressed at the time.
The youngest of the Cambridge clan waved animately as he watched the flypast in 2019.