REBECCA ENGLISH: King Charles felt 'wonderful' to have family around him for the Trooping of the Colour as Kate makes long-awaited appearance

King Charles felt 'wonderful' to have his family around him amid the pomp of Trooping the Colour.

The 75-year-old monarch's official birthday celebration was made all the more special by the long-awaited appearance of the Princess of Wales alongside her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

A source told the Mail: 'Naturally, it's always wonderful being surrounded by your loved ones.'

The King made a point of standing next to Kate, 42, as they chatted warmly on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast.

King Charles felt 'wonderful' to have his family around him amid the pomp of Trooping the Colour

King Charles felt 'wonderful' to have his family around him amid the pomp of Trooping the Colour

People attend the 'Trooping the Colour' parade that is held for the official birthday of King Charles III in London on June 15

People attend the 'Trooping the Colour' parade that is held for the official birthday of King Charles III in London on June 15

A demonstration flight by the RAF Red Arrows to celebrate Trooping of the Colour

A demonstration flight by the RAF Red Arrows to celebrate Trooping of the Colour

Large crowds arrived at Buckingham Palace on Saturday for the Trooping the Colour parade held for official birthday of the King Charles III

Large crowds arrived at Buckingham Palace on Saturday for the Trooping the Colour parade held for official birthday of the King Charles III

The King made a point of standing next to Kate, 42, as they chatted warmly on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast

The King made a point of standing next to Kate, 42, as they chatted warmly on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast

Dressed in a blazer and blue tie but with shorts and knee-high socks, Prince Louis stole the show on Saturday

Dressed in a blazer and blue tie but with shorts and knee-high socks, Prince Louis stole the show on Saturday

Louis was also seen stifling the odd yawn during the King's Birthday Parade

Louis was also seen stifling the odd yawn during the King's Birthday Parade

A stern-looking Charlotte, nine, spotted that her little brother's posture was not quite up to scrutiny

A stern-looking Charlotte, nine, spotted that her little brother's posture was not quite up to scrutiny

It was the Wales family who stole the show on Saturday, led by Louis, six. Dressed identically to his big brother, George, ten, in a blazer and blue tie but with shorts and knee-high socks, he variously danced a jig, tried to open a window, and grinned and 'double waved' at well-wishers. He was also seen stifling the odd yawn.

The most endearing moment came on the balcony for the playing of the National Anthem and Red Arrows flypast. A stern-looking Charlotte, nine, spotted that her little brother's posture was not quite up to scrutiny.

She tapped him and whispered: 'Louis, put your hands down!' Charlotte had also earlier told him to 'stop dancing' as he jigged around to some of the jaunty parade music.

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