Savannah Phillips Was the Best Part of Trooping the Colour 2018 Because She Shushed Prince George
Seven-year-old Savannah Phillips might not ever become Queen of England — as she’s currently 15th in the line of succession to the British throne — but the tiny royal is Queen of the Internet today after her antics at Saturday, June 9’s Trooping the Colour celebrations.
As the royal family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly overhead, Savannah was spotted acting like the conductor of the orchestra below. And then, in a now viral moment, she hilariously shushed cousin Prince George by clapping her hand over his mouth. Watch the video of Savannah shushing George below!
Born on Dec. 29, 2010, Savannah is the eldest great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, the eldest granddaughter of Princess Anne, and eldest daughter of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.
(Fun fact: As you might recall, Kate Middleton first met Queen Elizabeth at Peter and Autumn’s 2008 wedding. Another fun fact: Autumn left Catholicism and converted to the Church of England so Peter could stay in the line of succession. And one more: Peter may be the first untitled grandchild of a British sovereign. Apparently, Anne and her ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips declined the Queen’s offer to give Anne’s children royal titles because they didn’t want to hinder their children’s future career prospects.)
As for this weekend’s festivities, the Trooping the Colour ceremony is held on the second Saturday of every June as the official public celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, which is actually April 21. (Eh, details, right?) “Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship, and fanfare to mark The Queen’s official birthday,” the royal family’s official website explained.
Other highlights from this year’s Trooping the Colour included Prince Harry telling newly-minted Duchess Meghan Markle when to curtsy to the Queen, sister-in-law bonding between Kate and Meghan, the sight of Prince William and Prince Charles struggling with their bearskin hats, and the Sikh man who became the first soldier to wear a turban at Trooping the Colour. We’re just sorry our invitation was lost in the Royal Mail…
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