George, six, is destined to be King one day after Prince Charles and Prince William, with his sister Charlotte, five, currently next in line after him. However, according to the Queen, Charlotte is the one who looks after her older brother, rather than the other way around. The Queen revealed this sweet insight in January 2018, when she presented a signed bible to 10-year-old Emily Clay, who won the book “for a school religious education project”, according to the Eastern Daily Press.
During the meeting, the nonagenarian monarch asked the little girl whether she “looked after” her younger sister Hadleigh.
The girl’s mother responded: “It’s the other way around.”
Then, the Queen replied: “It’s like that with Charlotte and George.”
However, this is not the first time it has been mentioned that Charlotte may be the one calling the shots in her relationship with her older brother.
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Back in 2017, Kate Middleton spoke about Charlotte’s confidence during an event with fellow mother Samantha Burge.
Ms Burge later revealed: “[Kate] said that Charlotte is growing up really fast. She is the one in charge.”
She added: “We have both got two-year-olds and they are ruling the roost. It was a bit of a mummy chat.”
It is interesting that Charlotte would be the more assertive one of the two, given how George will be the one to shoulder the responsibility later in life.
George and Charlotte at Christmas
It echoes the relationship between Prince Charles and his younger sister Princess Anne, who was by all accounts the more boisterous, outgoing and assertive of the two.
Charles has always been described as a sensitive, artistic soul, despite his tough education at Gordonstoun in Scotland at the behest of his father Prince Philip.
Perhaps her experience with her own children meant the Queen could easily spot this dynamic in her great-grandchildren too.
However, the public can also actually see for themselves how Charlotte asserts herself as the boss of the two in a video of her playing with George at the Chelsea Flower Show last year.
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Princess Charlotte and Prince George were pictured playing football together last year
The family were visiting a garden created by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in collaboration with several others, and footage of the children playing was then uploaded by The Royal Family Channel on YouTube.
In the adorable clip, Charlotte can be heard egging her brother on as they climbed some rocks by a brook.
She said, impatiently: “George! Quicker, George!”
Charlotte also had a rather cheeky response when her father asked if she would help George with something.
Prince William asked his daughter: “Can you help George?” to which she bluntly responded: “No!”.
George appeared to be trying to do something with a stick and a rock, with a look of intense concentration on his face.
Charlotte has also shown her cheeky, confident side when it comes to the media.
For example, at Prince Louis’ christening in 2018, Charlotte apparently told photographers: “You’re not coming!”
George and Charlotte at Trooping the Colour
Despite George seeming to have a more timid disposition, he and his sister clearly get on very well, as they have been seen happily playing together on numerous occasions.
Meanwhile, the Queen dotes on both George and Charlotte, as she does on all her great-grandchildren.
The Queen’s first great-grandchildren were Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla, born in 2010 and 2012.
They were followed by George in 2013, Mia Tindall in 2014, Charlotte in 2015, Lena Tindall and Prince Louis in 2018 and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.