King Charles' accidentally bumps Princess Charlotte on the head on royal balcony

The doting grandfather can be seen in the footage looking aghast.

King Charles’ first Trooping The Colour balcony appearance as monarch didn’t go without its hiccups, as footage captured the 74-year-old accidentally bumping his granddaughter, Princess Charlotte on the head.

King Charles looked aghast as he realised his eight-year-old granddaughter had snuck in beside him as he waved to the congregation, accidentally bringing his arm down and bopping her lightly on the head.

King Charles and Camilla on the Buckingham Palace balcony
King Charles made his first Trooping of the Colour balcony appearance as Monarch. Photo: Getty Images

In footage of the moment, King Charles immediately turns around and apologises to the little princess, who didn’t seem to notice her grandfather’s accidental brush one bit.

Another moment from the event showed how much of a doting grandad the king is, as Princess Charlotte was seen putting her hand over her mouth to stifle a sneeze, with King Charles holding out to arm to check she was alright.


According to Chandrika Kaul, Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews, King Charles just wants his royal grandchildren to ‘grow up as normal as possible’.

King Charles, Camilla and Princess Charlotte
The king accidentally bumped Princess Charlotte on the head. Photo: Getty Images

Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary The Fab Five: The King's Grandchildren, Kaul said: “I think King Charles is very keen that his grandchildren don't make the mistakes that I think he feels he made, particularly when it came to matters of the heart.”

This was King Charles' first official Trooping The Colour as Monarch, with the royal deciding to ride on horseback throughout the event. This hasn’t happened since 1986 when the Queen rode her charger Burmese for the final time.

King Charles and Camilla on the Buckingham Palace balcony
The King and Queen looked delighted as they waved to the congregation. Photo: Getty Images
Royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Kate Middleton stole the show in a green coat with jewel buttons. Photo: Getty Images

Prince William, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward rode behind Charles while Camilla and Kate were in a carriage with Will and Kate’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kate Middleton stole the show in the fashion stakes, looking striking in an emerald green coast dress by Andrew Gn, which was emblazoned with jewelled buttons.


She matched her look with a wide-brimmed Philip Treacy hat and an LK Bennet Longon green suede clutch.

Meanwhile, Queen Camilla took inspiration from her regiment, the Grenadier Guards, in a bespoke Fiona Clare Aldridge dress and a black Philip Treacy hat.

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