Princess Charlotte Stole Her Signature Wave From Dad Prince William

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, is famous for her signature move: waving to the crowd. Her party trick, dubbed “the Charlotte Wave,” has been used on multiple occasions. But today, we finally realized who she got it from.

After stumbling upon a throwback photo of Prince William, it’s clear that Princess Charlotte got her signature move from her dad. The picture was taken in 1988 during the carriage procession for the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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The photo featured Prince William sitting in a carriage and waving to the crowd. He was seated across from his mom, Princess Diana, who wasn’t shown in the photo. While the young royal wore a snazzy red jacket, his take on the royal wave caught our attention because it had the fingers-spread, wide gesture that Princess Charlotte has become known for.

Char debuted the move when she was just a year old.

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Then, she did it again at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018.

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For her latest public appearance, Princess Charlotte visited Cardiff Castle in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. She gave a shy wave to onlookers who came to see the royal family.

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Prince Louis tried to steal the move during the latest Trooping the Colour parade, but Princess Charlotte quickly shut him down. When he tried to wave to the crowd, his sister clamped her hand on top of his.

Like father, like daughter.

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