When Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis attended a public engagement with their parents earlier this month, royal fans got a rare glimpse at their family dynamic. The Prince and Princess of Wales rarely bring their three children to a royal event.
The Waleses surprised onlookers two days after King Charles and Queen Camilla were crowned at Westminster Abbey when they came together to volunteer at a Slough scout hut.
The family of five participated in the project, which was Prince Louis’ first-ever royal engagement, by digging a new soakaway, sanding and repainting the 3rd Upton Scouts Hut in Slough, and adding a mural to create a lasting reminder of the Big Help Out’s work.
Princess Charlotte displayed her cheeky behavior while out with her father Prince William, and the interaction was caught on camera.
The day also highlighted Catherine’s children’s various ways of referring to her. Princess Charlotte is heard calling her mother, Catherine, “mummy” several times. Prince William also calls Catherine by this name when he addresses his children.
However, Prince Louis affectionately calls his mother “mama,” whereas Catherine refers to William as “papa.”
The family’s outdoor excursion was unquestionably a success because they were happy and appeared to be having a great time the entire time.
Prince William and Catherine have frequently discussed their children’s love of the great outdoors and the natural world. At one point, they even said that their oldest son, Prince George, feels like “a caged animal” when he is indoors.
To play in their mother’s Back to Nature garden, the trio went to the Chelsea Flower Show with their parents in 2019. In 2020, during Prince William’s ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, several never-before-seen photos of the royal kids playing at the beach and gardening were featured.
The Princes and Princesses invited Sir David Attenborough to stay at Kensington Palace, where they were able to meet their hero.
Sir David made sure to please the children by giving Prince George a fossilized shark tooth that he personally discovered during a family vacation to Malta in the late 1960s.
The fossil, which belonged to a carcharocles megalodon or “big tooth,” was found embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone, which was formed about 23 million years ago during the Miocene epoch.
The species is thought to have reached a maximum length of 15 meters, which is roughly twice as long as a Great White shark.