Kate Middleton's advice to children captured by lip reader at Trooping the Colour

Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, with Louis, Charlotte and George on the balcony
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Kate Middleton has been teaching her children a lesson in Royal etiquette during her public appearance at today's Trooping the Colour. The Princess of Wales, 42, was all smiles as she greeted the massive crowds while she and her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, took a carriage ride from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade to witness the grand military event.

Dressed in an exquisite white and navy-trimmed Jenny Packham dress, topped with a broad-brimmed hat by Philip Treacy and sporting an Irish Guards brooch, Kate exuded elegance. Upon arrival at Horse Guards, she and the children observed the parade from a building with a prime view of the grounds.

The family of four were spotted peering out of the window, and at one juncture, according to lip reader Nicola Hinckley, Kate seemed to give the children some guidance, seemingly saying: "You stay there, OK? " She then stooped down to Charlotte and imparted: "Keep smiling and stay here for one moment."

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Managing the young royals appeared to be quite the task as little Louis became momentarily sidetracked during the balcony ceremony. The youngest of her brood was seen fiddling with the blind cords, prompting vigilant supervision from Kate, who stayed close by, reports the Daily Record.

True to form, Louis was more interested in playing with the white cord than gazing out at the assembled spectators. Prince Louis was caught in a candid moment, yawning away as he peered out of the window from the Duke of Wellington's old office during the parade.

The young Royal was seen tilting his head back for a big yawn, hands clasped behind him, while Princess Charlotte stood by, observing the event with grace. Despite showing signs of sleepiness, Prince Louis managed to keep his spirits up by dancing to the parade's entertainment.

Earlier on, the crowd was delighted as Princess Kate waved to them from the glass coach, following closely behind the carriage carrying King Charles and Queen Camilla, who were dressed to the nines with Camilla in a Philip Treacy hat and an Anna Valentine dress. The procession also included the Duchess of Edinburgh, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Duke of Kent in carriages, while Prince William, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward participated on horseback.