We imagine that when you’re growing up in the public spotlight, you learn a thing or two about mugging for the camera.
Okay, so we wouldn’t quite call what Princess Charlotte was doing earlier at The King’s Cup Regatta “mugging,” but it was pretty darned close. When the four-year-old spotted someone (we have no idea who) in the crowd at the inaugural charity race, she stuck her tongue out in that cute way that only a toddler can do. And obviously, it won over every single person who happened to see it.
Princess Charlotte cheekily sticks her tongue out after spotting someone in the crowd at the prize giving for The Kings Cup #Royals #princesscharlotte #DuchessofCambridge @ShutterstockNow pic.twitter.com/C1wbeZ341D
— Rookie (@royalfocus1) August 8, 2019
It all went down following the prize portion of the charity sailing event, as the royals were going down a flight of stairs. The family either recognized someone in the crowd or took a moment to pause and wave, but when Kate pointed out the person (or people) to her daughter she stuck her tongue out instead—to everyone’s delight. Cue the camera snapping, y’all.
WATCH: Cheeky Charlotte! This is a bit dark, but Kate just brought George and Charlotte to wave to the crowd from the window above the prizegiving stage. She poked her tongue out instead!! pic.twitter.com/0IwMChG6Jm
— Emily Nash (@emynash) August 8, 2019
Earlier in the day, Will and Kate had competed in the event while Charlotte and big brother George cheered them on. William, who was competing on behalf of Child Bereavement UK, fared fairly well with a third-place finish. Kate, who was there representing The Royal Foundation, wrapped seventh. Bear Grylls and the wildlife conservation charity Tusk won the entire thing, and TV presenter Dan Snow (and London’s Air Ambulance Charity) came in second.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that, aside from the benefiting charities, Charlotte was the day’s real winner. This isn’t the first time she’s been seen sticking out her tongue instead of waving and smiling—she did the same thing during her uncle Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle as well. Sometimes you just don’t feel like smiling and waving, kid. We totally get it.
Royals. They really are just like us.