11/06/2018 13:22 SAST | Updated 11/06/2018 13:22 SAST

Why We All Need A Savannah Phillips In Our Family

Savannah silencing Prince George on the balcony mirrors an earlier moment with Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice.

Savannah Phillips sparked a thousand memes when she covered Prince George's mouth as he giggled during the Trooping of the Colour.

But while the world watching on social media sent out a collective giggle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to have let out a relieved sigh.

For had a parent attempted to keep George quiet, it may well have resulted in tears or a tantrum. But the authoritative gesture from an older cousin was well received.


Just check out Prince William's expression, he knows he would have faced a showdown had Savannah not stepped in.

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The royal children once again stole the show as they watched the flypast to mark the Queen's official birthday.

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Savannah repeatedly demonstrated why having older cousins around can be a godsend for parents.

As well as keeping George in line, she also looked out for Princess Charlotte, who was distracted by the crowds below.

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Charlotte's second cousin Savannah - who is the daughter of the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn - kept her engaged by talking her through what to expect.

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Savannah also gave Charlotte some one-on-one attention when it all became a bit much for her.

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What a trooper.

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Savannah may not realise it but she is following in the footsetps of some older royal cousins, as Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central pointed out: Prince Harry once pulled a similar move on Princess Beatrice during a balcony appearance in 1990.