Rare childhood footage of Prince Charles at the Queen’s coronation is so adorable

Prince Charles was just four when the Queen had her coronation

Prince Charles the Queen
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Old footage of Prince Charles shot at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 has left royal fans cooing over how adorable he was. 


This year marked 68 years since the milestone day that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially took the crown, ascending her father King George IV.

The huge ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey in London on 2nd June all of those years ago—the same place that the Queen’s grandson Prince William married Kate Middleton. 

Iconic royal figures, some no longer with us, were in attendance, including, of course, the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, the Queen Mother, her sister Princess Margaret and Her Majesty’s little ones. 

The Queen coronation Prince Charles

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At the time, the Queen’s brood of four (Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward) was only made up of her first born two. 

Prince Charles and The Princess Royal were just four and three-years-old on the momentous day and a royal fan page has shared a lovely, decades old clip showing the little siblings on the day.

Toddler Princess Anne did not attend the lavish ceremony at the Abbey, but joined in for celebrations at Buckingham Palace afterwards and made an appearance on the royal residence’s iconic balcony. 

In the color footage, Charles and Anne can be seen wearing coordinating white outfits, while the newly-crowned Queen, Queen Mother and Prince Philip stand behind them proudly. 

The royal tots cover their eyes before looking around to their father, grandmother and mother, who can be seen wearing the coveted Crown Jewels.

Alongside the post, shared on Instagram account @charlesprinceofwales, a caption detailing some special facts about the little future King on the epic occasion reads, "Did you know that Prince Charles was the first royal child to witness his mother’s coronation as monarch and the only child present in the guests at Westminster Abbey?

"He also received his own child-friendly invitation to the ceremony which was designed just for him."

Prince Charles Princess Anne and the Queen

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It was also revealed last year that young Charles almost caused havoc at the coronation, having hoped to get his little mitts on the priceless crown.

 Princess Margaret's lady-in-waiting, Lady Anne Glenconner, told the story on the My Life In Seven Charms podcast in October of 2020, saying, "[The Queen] took it off, put it on a table, and Prince Charles made a beeline for it.

"We thought he was going to drop it. We thought, 'Oh my goodness, that would be a bad omen'. But luckily, I think my mother, as a lady-in-waiting, seized it from him and took it away."

Caitlin Elliott
Caitlin Elliott

Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. 


Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry). 


After leaving uni, she dabbled in fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team at Future for her first real job in the world of online journalism, joining the ranks as a Digital Writer in 2019. 


Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role. 


When she's not working you'll find Caitlin sipping bubbles at brunch with her besties, thinking about her next iced coffee, trying to close the rings on her Apple Watch, scrubbing up on her royal family knowledge or scrolling through the Zara app, trying to resist tapping 'check out' again.