Reason why George, Charlotte and Louis didnt join royal family for Commonwealth Day service
The royal family were all in attendance at the annual Commonwealth Day service – apart from the Cambridge children.
This year's ceremony marks the first time King Charles took the reins since becoming monarch, accompanied by Queen Consort, Camilla, Prince William and the Princess of Wales.
They were also joined by Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Edward and Sophie, who were awarded their new titles by the King on Friday.
However, avid fans of the royals were disappointed not to see the family in full, with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis not in attendance.
Many were initially confused by this, especially as last year William and Kate had started bringing their two older children, George and Charlotte, to more high profile engagements with them.
This included their grandmother's, the late Queen Elizabeth II's, funeral and Platinum Jubilee celebrations, as well as Christmas celebrations. They even brought their youngest, Louis, to the Jubilee Pageant in June 2022, where he stole the show with his hilarious facial expressions and interactions with his mother and uncle Mike Tindall.
However, it is thought the reason for the children's no-show is because the timing of the service clashed with school.
The three royal children are all pupils at Lambrook School, located in Berkshire, and have been attending the indepedent prep school since September 2022 when the family moved to Windsor.
This year's Commonwealth Day service had a theme of "Forging a Sustainable and Peaceful Common Future".
The King delivered a message marking the occasion from the Great Pulpit in Westminster Abbey, the location of his coronation in less than two months' time.
Inside the King issued a rallying call to the family of nations urging them to "strive together" to achieve a "global common good" in his first Commonwealth Day address.
He also made reference to his "beloved mother", describing how Commonwealth Day was a moment of pride for the late Queen Elizabeth who "dedicated her long and remarkable life" in service to the "Commonwealth family".
Queen Consort, Camilla made a touching nod to her late mother-in-law by wearing one of her favourite brooches, a sapphire chrysanthemum.
The Queen had received the brooch as a gift for launching an aptly named oil tanker, the British Princess, in 1946, and famously wore it in the official photos taken on her honeymoon with the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Broadlands in Hampshire in 1947.
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