The Queen opens up about Prince George and Princess Charlotte's relationship

By Emmy Griffiths

The Queen rarely discusses her great-grandchildren, but when chatting with mom Ellen Clay at Sandringham House on Monday (Jan. 15) she opened up about her great granddaughter, Princess Charlotte. Ellen was there to watch her daughter Emily receive a bible. The Queen asked Emily if she "looked after" her little sister while presenting her with the gift, to which Ellen responded that it was the "other way around." The Queen replied: "It's like that with Charlotte and George."

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TAP TO VIEW THE GALLERYA shot of all the British royals on the balcony together while trooping the colourCharlotte 'keeps an eye' on George

Following the encounter with her Majesty, Ellen said: "She asked if Emily looked after Hadleigh and I said it was more the other way round. She said it was like that with Princess Charlotte and Prince George," while her husband Tom added: "The Queen was implying that Charlotte keeps an eye out for George rather than the other way around. It is often the case that a younger child is more confident. It is second child syndrome."

Princess Charlotte is grabbing Kate Middleton's collar as they are trooping the colourKate has previously said that Charlotte is "in charge" of her sibling

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A source recently told People magazine that Prince William and Kate's two-year-old daughter is "very sweet and very confident – she's always chatting away." The little Princess recently started nursery school, and Kensington Palace shared two photos of her posing on her first day in a red coat and pink scarf, with a pony-patterned pink backpack.

Kate has previously joked that Charlotte is "in charge" of her big brother, and Samantha Burge, the wife of Warrant Officer Class 2 Chris Burge said: "Kate said that Charlotte is growing up really fast. She is the one in charge." Kate also revealed that the sweet siblings are becoming "very good friends." The Duchess also attended a children's tea party at the Natural History Museum when she said that Charlotte was "extremely chatty" and "always wants to have a play date" with George.

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