Princess Charlotte has been compared to her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after impressing the public with her poise at the monarch’s funeral.
Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 and her state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Charlotte, 7, attended the funeral service alongside her parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and her older brother George, 9.
The children entered Westminster Abbey with their mother and sat quietly throughout the service, then followed the Queen’s coffin procession through London in a carriage with Kate and Camilla, the Queen consort.
Charlotte was then spotted crying as her great-grandmother’s coffin passed her en route to Windsor Castle and the Queen’s final resting place.
Many people have praised the young royals for their behavior, with one comparing Charlotte to the Queen.
Tina Brown has spoken of the words of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill after meeting Elizabeth when she was a princess aged 2.
“When Churchill first met the Queen at the age of 2, he commented on her extraordinary seriousness and composure. And I feel somewhat the same about Princess Charlotte,” the royal biographer said. Brown. said on CBS.
Churchill met then-Princess Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, where she died earlier this month, in September 1928.
As Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, Churchill wrote to his wife Clementine and remarked on the young royal’s “astonishing” qualities.
“This last one is a character… [with] an astonishing air of authority and thoughtfulness in an infant,” he writes, according to historian Andrew Roberts in his book, Churchill: walking with fate.
He had no way of knowing that Elizabeth would become queen as it would be another eight years before her uncle, King Edward VII, abdicated from the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Edward’s abdication resulted in his father becoming King George VI and his eldest child, Princess Elizabeth, immediately becoming heiress apparent.
Churchill served two terms as Prime Minister, including World War II and was Prime Minister at the time of Elizabeth’s coronation.
George and Charlotte’s unexpected attendance at the funeral was only announced on Sunday evening and sought to serve as a symbol of stability as they are now second and third in line to the British throne.
Their presence has been suggested by ‘senior palace advisers’ and would be favorable ‘if only to reassure the nation about the order of succession’, according to reports in The gardians.
Hundreds of people, including heads of state and other dignitaries, attended the Queen’s funeral in London.
Another private service will be held at George VI Chapel in Windsor for family and palace staff on Monday afternoon.
The Queen’s coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault after King Charles III placed earth on the coffin.
She will rest alongside her father, mother and sister.