Prince Louis reminds us that although he is royalty, he is still a four-year-old

The final day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations was filled with even more pomp, pageantry and parades – but not without another viral moment thanks to one of the youngest royals.

Prince Louis, aged four, once again stole the show when he showed a little (or a lot) of brutality towards his mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

During Sunday’s election through central London, Prince Charles, heir apparent, and son Prince William watched from the seating area in front of Buckingham Palace with their families.

But Prince Louis reminded the world that although he is royalty, he is also only four years old.

Apparently during the festivities, on their fourth day, the young prince appeared to have a spit.

When his mother bent down to talk to her son, Louis promptly reprimanded her by clapping his hand over her mouth.

Prince Louis silences his mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. Reuters/pool: Chris Jackson

But Louis wasn’t done yet.

When the Duchess gestured for her youngest to watch the parade, he stuck out his tongue, put his thumb to his nose and wiggled his remaining fingers.

William, sitting two seats down, struggled to get their youngest in line, but his arms crossed.

Even Mike Tindall, who married Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, jokingly tried to get the toddler in line and saw Louis gesturing that he was watching him.

Prince Louis's uncle, Mike Tindall, makes a joking
Mike Tindall gestures to Prince Louis at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.AP: Ian Vogler/Pool

It is not the first time that the young prince has stolen the show during the platinum anniversary celebrations.

Earlier in the week, when the royal family joined the queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the ColorLouis made it clear that the RAF flyover was LOUD.

The queen stands on the balcony of the palace and looks at the color while grandson Louis covers his ears and screams
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Color parade during the Queen’s platinum anniversary. Reuters: Hannah McKay

The photos went viral on social media, with the four-year-old becoming a Twitter sensation and the photos launching a thousand memes.

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “As the parent of a four-year-old who is not aligned with the throne, Prince Louis, we see you and understand you.”


Parenting and family attorney Georgie Dent said, “Prince Louis is a real mood and I’m here for it.”


Louis’ break from royal protocol has drawn parallels to a moment from the Trooping the Color celebrations in 1988, when a young Prince Harry stuck out his tongue on the same balcony at Buckingham Palace.

A young Prince Harry sits on Princess Diana's hip and sticks his tongue out on the balcony during the platinum anniversary.
Prince Harry sticks out his tongue as he, Princess Diana and Prince William watch the Trooping the Color ceremony from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 11, 1988.AP: Steve Holland/file

The balcony look is the centerpiece of almost all royal celebrations in Britain, an opportunity for the public to glimpse the family gathered for a grand photo on the occasion of weddings, coronations and anniversaries.

Aside from the spit, Prince Louis seemed to bounce back and was seen cuddling with Mom for the rest of the parade.

Louis leans on his mother Kate.
Prince Louis leans on Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.AP/pool: Chris Jackson

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