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TL; DR: 

  • Prince Louis stood near Queen Elizabeth II on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Trooping the Colour flypast.
  • The 4-year-old royal exchanged a few words with his great-grandmother. 
  • According to a lip reader, Prince Louis’ balcony conversation included asking about the planes. 
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis, who asked Queen Elizabeth II a question, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Platinum Jubilee weekend is in full swing. On June 2, 2022, the first major event, Trooping the Colour, Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade, took place. Members of the British royal family participated in a procession. Then, of course, there was the traditional balcony moment. Even though Queen Elizabeth invited fewer royals than normal to join her, there was no shortage of adorable moments. In particular, when Prince Louis said a few words to his great-grandmother. Ahead, find out what a lip reader believes the 4-year-old asked Queen Elizabeth and how she responded. 

Prince Louis appeared animated on the Buckingham Palace balcony

Louis stole the spotlight at the 2019 Trooping the Colour, the last time the royal family held the event due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, two years later, he did it again. 

The little royal, the youngest of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children, waved to crowds during the carriage procession. Then, once on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, he became even more animated. 

Louis’ parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus his siblings, Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 7, joined him. However, while the adults smiled and chatted, Louis seemed unable to contain his excitement. His facial expressions ran the gamut of human emotion, capturing onlookers’ attention, setting social media abuzz, and even inspiring memes. 

Prince Louis and Queen Elizabeth’s balcony conversation: A lip reader says Prince Louis asked about planes

According to one lip reader, Jeremy Freeman, Louis had a question for Queen Elizabeth as they stood on the balcony. As Freeman told the UK’s Mirror, Louis appeared to ask: “Are the Red Arrows coming?” Queen Elizabeth replied, “I hope so.” 

That wasn’t the end of Queen Elizabeth and Louis’ balcony conversation. When the Red Arrows arrived, Freeman said Louis reacted by saying, “Yes, yes, yes.” The lip reader also shared Queen Elizabeth said, “There it is,” to which Louis replied, “Oh, Red Arrows, whoa.” 

A body language expert says Prince Louis’ excitement brought out ‘childlike excitement’ in Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as Prince Louis speaks while on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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Louis and Queen Elizabeth’s balcony interaction appeared more playful, according to body language expert Judi James. So much so that Louis’ excitement seemed to rub off on his great-grandmother. 

James told Mirror the “strength of the bonds” between Queen Elizabeth and Louis became clear. Louis had what she described as the “most spontaneous” body language, noting that at one point he stood in front of Queen Elizabeth. 

Throughout it all, the 96-year-old monarch, who has had ongoing “episodic mobility” issues, sported what James called an “indulgent facial expression” By the time the flypast began, it looked to the body language expert that the excitement Louis felt had brought out “childlike excitement” in Queen Elizabeth. 

“She clearly loved the roar of the engines and as Louis literally jumped up and down at the sight of the Red Arrows, the Queen smiled and chatted as though sharing the moment,” James said.