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Cousins ​​Mia Tindall, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 7, spotted playing ahead of the flypast

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Cousins ​​Mia Tindall and Princess Charlotte were seen playing together – including some gentle patting – ahead of the Buckingham Palace flypast today, with the Duchess of Cambridge at one point appearing to try and keep the lively duo in line.

Spotted through the palace windows as the senior royals prepared to step out onto the balcony ahead of the flypast of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force, the two cousins ​​looked to be thoroughly enjoying each others’ company.

Mia, eight, the eldest daughter of the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall and husband Mike, appeared to be leading the sparring with her younger cousin, the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Earlier, Meghan Markle, appearing for the first time in the UK since leaving for the US with Prince Harry in 2020, also appeared to try and keep the royal children calm as she appeared on a balcony with Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lena and Mia Tindall .

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, chatted with 11-year-old Savannah and sister Isla, 10, together with Lena Tindall, three, and her older sister Mia, eight, appeared to shush the smiling children as they chatted at the window.

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Cousins ​​Mia Tindall, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, are spotted giggling through the window at Buckingham Palace as they prepared to watch the gun salute and flypast

In the background, the Duchess of Cambridge is seen trying to calm her seven-year-old daughter and her cousin as the family prepared to join the Queen on the balcony for the 71-aircraft flypast

In the background, the Duchess of Cambridge is seen trying to calm her seven-year-old daughter and her cousin as the family prepared to join the Queen on the balcony for the 71-aircraft flypast

Close cousins!  Charlotte, 7, is just a year younger than Mia, 8, so it's no wonder the pair gravitate towards each other on royal occasions

The girls were seen observing the action from the Major General's Office

Close cousins! Charlotte, 7, is just a year younger than Mia, 8, so it’s no wonder the pair gravitate towards each other on royal occasions. The girls were seen observing the action from the Major General’s Office.

Quite a view!  Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall on the balcony, with Princess Beatrice in the background

Quite a view! Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall on the balcony, with Princess Beatrice in the background

Meghan Markle, appearing for the first time in the UK since leaving the country in 2020, appeared to shush the royal children as she appeared on a balcony with Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lena and Mia Tindall

Meghan Markle, appearing for the first time in the UK since leaving the country in 2020, appeared to shush the royal children as she appeared on a balcony with Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lena and Mia Tindall

During the royal bout of sparring, Mia, dressed in a cream dress with a floral design, and matched with a red headband, giggled with her younger cousin as they awaited their moment in the spotlight.

Seven-year-old Charlotte, who looked elegant in a cornflower chiffon blue dress with bow detail by Patachou, and wore her hair loose with a neat braid and matching blue ribbon, was seen batting hands with her cousin – with both girls laughing.

Later, the pair joined Prince George and Prince Louis to lean out of the window, getting a bird’s eye view of the thousands of people lining the Mall below.

Following the Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London this morning, the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, senior royals gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the flypast at 1pm.

Lady Louise, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex is also spotted in the background as the royals await the 1pm flypast

Lady Louise, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex is also spotted in the background as the royals await the 1pm flypast

Nailbiting finish!  Princess Charlotte was spotted chewing on her finger as she took in all the action

Nailbiting finish! Princess Charlotte was spotted chewing on her finger as she took in all the action

Earlier today, Princess Charlotte wasn't entirely happy with her little brother's enthusiasm for greeting the gathered crowds as they left Buckingham Palace, telling the four-year-old to 'stop waving'

Earlier today, Princess Charlotte wasn’t entirely happy with her little brother’s enthusiasm for greeting the gathered crowds as they left Buckingham Palace, telling the four-year-old to ‘stop waving’

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Earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children had taken center stage in the first royal carriage down the Mall at the start of Trooping the Color – as four days of Platinum Jubilee celebration kicked off in style.

Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, joined the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall on the Horse Guards Parade for the historic event.

Proving that sibling rivalry can rear its head even on the most regal of occasions, Princess Charlotte was spotted ticking off her little brother Louis for waving too enthusiastically at crowds.

An adorable clip sees the seven-year-old, who looked elegant in a cornflower chiffon blue dress with bow detail by Patachou, and wore her hair loose with a neat braid and matching blue ribbon, was seen asking Prince Louis to ‘stop waving!’ as they made their journey through the crowds.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s oldest child Prince George, eight, who was dressed in a sharp navy suit, with matching blue tie, looked on as the minor squabble broke out in the royal carriage.

Little Prince Louis, stealing the fashion show in a pristine white sailor suit and bearing a striking resemblance to his father at the same age, who wore a similar outfit at the 1985 Trooping the Color event, looked unperturbed by his sister’s chastisement and continued to wave anyway.

Meanwhile Mia Tindall’s mother, Zara Tindalllooked stunning in scarlet today as she arrived for the Queen‘with Jubilee Platinum celebrations.

The Queen’s granddaughter donned a £ 450 silk Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Color with her husband Mike.

In an Instagram post this morning, he said they were looking forward to the next few days ‘celebrating one of the greatest women on this planet’.

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill 'Floral Blossom Percher' hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Color with her husband Mike.

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Color with her husband Mike.

Zara and Mike Tindall stopped off at The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity GOSH, of which the Queen is patron, and artist Carne Griffiths on the release of his portrait 'The Platinum Queen' before heading to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping The Color ceremony

Zara and Mike Tindall stopped off at The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH, of which the Queen is patron, and artist Carne Griffiths on the release of his portrait ‘The Platinum Queen’ before heading to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping The Color ceremony

The couple stopped off at The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH, of which the Queen is patron, and artist Carne Griffiths on the release of his portrait ‘The Platinum Queen’ before heading to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping The Color ceremony.

His portrait depicts the young Queen Elizabeth shortly before her coronation almost seven decades ago.

Griffiths, known for using tea, ink and alcohol in his work, is releasing 70 limited edition prints – as well as artist proofs – to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, one for each year of her historic reign.

The couple are not part of the parade, but will watch the action with other members of the royal family from the Major General’s Office.

Kate Middleton offers a beaming smile as she joins her three children and the Duchess of Cornwall to head down the Mall;  it's thought the royal told her three children: 'Look at these colors and all the flags!'  as they headed to Horse Guards Parade

Kate Middleton offers a beaming smile as she joins her three children and the Duchess of Cornwall to head down the Mall; it’s thought the royal told her three children: ‘Look at these colors and all the flags!’ as they headed to Horse Guards Parade

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