Why Wasn’t Prince Louis at the Queen’s Funeral with His Siblings?

As the world mourned the loss of Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral this morning, many members of the royal family gathered to honor the life of the late monarch, including her 4 children and her 8 grandchildren. The attendees also included a few tinier guests, like Prince William and Kate Middleton's two eldest children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7. However, the pair's youngest child, Prince Louis, 4, was notably absent from the event.

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As Hello! magazine pointed out, it is likely that young Prince Louis was left under the care of the family's nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, while the rest of the crew attended the service.

Part of this is probably due to the fact that Louis is so young, so the service would've been a difficult event for the toddler to sit through. Not to mention, the 4-year-old grabbed headlines with his meme-worthy expressions on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. And while we lived for his goofy faces then, his parents probably wanted to avoid any antics on such a somber day.

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It is also important to point out that the service turned out to be quite an emotional day for the royal family. At certain points, various members of the family were seen tearing up, and in one heart-wrenching moment, Princess Charlotte even burst into tears.

At only 4 years old, this likely would've been confusing for Prince Louis. Meanwhile, former Australian senior officer David Hurley told The Daily Mail that Middleton said Prince Louis is still confused by the queen's death. He said the Princess of Wales revealed to him that “[Prince Louis] is sort of now realizing how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on.”

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The Prince and Princess of Wales weren't the only ones who made the decision to leave young children at home. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also attended without their two children, Archie Harrison, 3, and Lilibet Diana, 1.

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The young ones were missed (but we're on board with these parenting decisions).

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