While Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who are 9 and 7, attended their great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral and even participated in the procession with their parents Kate Middleton and Prince William, their youngest brother Prince Louis wasn’t with them. Kate and William chose not to have Louis attend for good reason: At age 4, Louis is a little too young for a royal event this solemn. Although Hello! reported there is no official rule prohibiting children under a certain age to attend, their parents get to decide whether or not they can handle royal events like this one.
Louis also did not attend the funeral for Prince Philip last year, making his absence today all the more unsurprising.
Kate did speak to Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley at a reception this weekend about how Louis was struggling to understand the loss of his great-grandmother. “The younger one is now asking questions like, ‘Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral,’ and things like that, because she’s not going to be there?” Hurley recalled, via Hello!.
Kate also revealed that Louis gave her some words of comfort. While out at Windsor Palace for a walkabout the Saturday following the Queen’s death, Kate spoke about how Louis and his brother and sister were coping with the loss of the Queen. “They’ve all been extraordinary,” she said. “I was really sad when I found out and Louis said, ‘Mummy, don’t worry, because now Gan Gan is with great-grandpa.’”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.