Charlotte's a Daddy's girl! Royal fans gush over Prince William's doting bond with his seven-year-old daughter after he comforted her when she grew restless at the Commonwealth Games

  • Princess Charlotte, 7,  attended Commonwealth Games with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • Proud father William, 40, doted on his daughter when she grew tired during a hockey match  
  • He brushed a strand of hair behind her ear, patted her head, and pulled her in for a cuddle in the stands 
  • The sweet moments were noted by royal fans who praised the 'genuine bond' between father and daughter 

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Prince William was the picture of fatherly pride as he took his daughter Princess Charlotte to the Commonwealth Games yesterday. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 40, doted on his seven-year-old daughter as they took in the action at the swimming, hockey and gymnastics alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, 40. 

Charlotte was on her very best behaviour as she joined her parents for her first royal engagement without her brothers George, nine, and Louis, four. 

The little princess shook hands with dignitaries, smiled for photographs, and cheered on the athletes, all under the watchful eye of her parents. 

When the long day out started to get to much, Princess Charlotte began to get a little restless. But her doting father was on hand to reassure her with cuddles and small acts of affection, like tucking her hair behind her ears. 

The sweet moments between father and daughter were noted by royal fans who praised their genuine bond. 

One tweeted: 'He is a wonderful dad. Another posted: 'Love this natural interaction of Papa and daughter.' A third added: 'Sweetheart Charlotte loves her papa William.'

The excitement of the day appeared to threaten to overwhelm seven-year-old Princess Charlotte (pictured, centre) at times, and she was snapped with her head in her hands

The excitement of the day appeared to threaten to overwhelm seven-year-old Princess Charlotte (pictured, centre) at times, and she was snapped with her head in her hands

However, her father Prince William, 40, (pictured, right) was seen leaning over to talk to his daughter, and gently touching her hair and chatting to her

However, her father Prince William, 40, (pictured, right) was seen leaning over to talk to his daughter, and gently touching her hair and chatting to her

The outing, which saw Charlotte (centre) attend the Commonwealth Games with her parents Kate Middleton (left) and Prince William (right) marked the first time Charlotte has made a public appearance without her brothers Prince George, 8, and Prince Louis, 4

The outing, which saw Charlotte (centre) attend the Commonwealth Games with her parents Kate Middleton (left) and Prince William (right) marked the first time Charlotte has made a public appearance without her brothers Prince George, 8, and Prince Louis, 4

The caring father leaned in to comfort Princess Charlotte and give her a cuddle after she grew restless during the hockey competition

The caring father leaned in to comfort Princess Charlotte and give her a cuddle after she grew restless during the hockey competition

The Duke of Cambridge cuddled his daughter in a moment that won praise from royal fans

The Duke of Cambridge cuddled his daughter in a moment that won praise from royal fans

Watching over her: Prince William kept a close eye on his daughter as they carried out their engagements on Tuesday
Prince William with Princess Charlotte on Tuesday

Watching over her: Prince William kept a close eye on his daughter as they carried out their engagements on Tuesday

Princess Charlotte looked like the day's excitement had taken its toll on her as Prince William patted her on the head

Princess Charlotte looked like the day's excitement had taken its toll on her as Prince William patted her on the head

After a busy morning watching the swimming and visiting a sports programme for young athletes, the Cambridges settled in to watch England women win their hockey match to reach the semi-finals.

But the effort of the bumper day of sports appeared to become too much for little Charlotte.  

Photographs show the princess looking a little tired as she sits with her head in her hands. Luckily, Prince William was on hand to comfort his daughter.

The Duke was snapped tenderly moving a lock of his daughter's hair out of her face while he spoke to the youngster.

Another image shows William cradling the back of Charlotte's head in his hand, as her mother Kate Middleton joins the conversation.

The day started with a visit to the Sandwell Aquatics Centre where the Cambridges joined Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, to cheer on athletes in a number of swimming heats. 

Charlotte, who wore a £44 striped Rachel Riley dress, put on an animated display, giving her father a thumbs up, pulling funny faces, and even sticking her tongue out and she soaked up the atmosphere. 

Royal fans gushed over the adorable interactions between father and daughter and called Charlotte a 'Daddy's girl'

Royal fans gushed over the adorable interactions between father and daughter and called Charlotte a 'Daddy's girl' 

The youngster was seen clapping and gasping at moments of action, as Kate, dressed in an Alexander McQueen suit, appeared to be explaining the action to her. 

After the outing to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a programme supporting young athletes. Princess Charlotte was photographed on her best behaviour, shaking hands with Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid.

Charlotte was described as 'charming'  by Mr Lawler, who hosted the royal visit to Birmingham University, where the royals learnt about the Team England Futures initiative.

She appeared curious about her surroundings and the people around her at the university site, and a little apprehensive at times, but received a reassuring arm around her shoulder or word in her ear from William, and held Kate's hand at other moments.

At one point Charlotte was asked to update a Team England medal board and added a bronze, won in the men's team table tennis event, and a silver from the lawn bowls men's pairs.

Prince William (right) watches on as Princess Charlotte wipes her face with her hands, as she watches a hockey match with her parents

Prince William (right) watches on as Princess Charlotte wipes her face with her hands, as she watches a hockey match with her parents

At one point, the seven-year-old was seen putting her hands around the shoulders of Kate Middleton (left) and Prince William (right)

At one point, the seven-year-old was seen putting her hands around the shoulders of Kate Middleton (left) and Prince William (right)

Feeling tense! Princess Charlotte bit her lip as she and her parents, Kate and Prince William, gave a round of applause at the event in Birmingham

Feeling tense! Princess Charlotte bit her lip as she and her parents, Kate and Prince William, gave a round of applause at the event in Birmingham 

Thumb's up for a great day out! The little royal appeared to be having a whale of a time at the event, offering her father an enthusiastic gesture after the swimming heats

Thumb's up for a great day out! The little royal appeared to be having a whale of a time at the event, offering her father an enthusiastic gesture after the swimming heats 

Princess Charlotte, seven, carried a teddy bear of the Commonwealth Games 2022 mascot, Perry the bull, as she left the Women's Hockey Group Stage match at the University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre on day five of the Games

Princess Charlotte, seven, carried a teddy bear of the Commonwealth Games 2022 mascot, Perry the bull, as she left the Women's Hockey Group Stage match at the University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre on day five of the Games

The young princess revealed gymnastics was the sport she liked most and joined a nutritional workshop helping her parents place pictures of foods such as nuts, bread and grapes into the right groups, whether protein, carbohydrates, antioxidants or healthy fats. 

Mr Lawler, whose organisation SportsAid is a partner body of Team England Futures, said: 'I did notice the duke and the duchess, as we were trying to do, include Charlotte in the conversations - we were very mindful of that and it was really very evident the duke and duchess were doing that to, I suppose, include her and reassure her.

'She was charming, very willing to put the medals on the medal board, and she asked the right question, which was 'where exactly should I put this?' It was by date and she checked.

'She really, really loved seeing the swimming, but she's interested in the gymnastics, and while they're trying lots of different sports at home, I understand, when I asked her about sport she answered very easily and said 'it's gymnastics that I like'.'

The little royal, who revealed her favourite sport is gymnastics, leaned her face against her hand as she watched the games

The little royal, who revealed her favourite sport is gymnastics, leaned her face against her hand as she watched the games

At one stage, the little royal threw her hand into the air with delight as she watched the gymnasts competing at the event

At one stage, the little royal threw her hand into the air with delight as she watched the gymnasts competing at the event 

The little princess appeared particularly excited to watch the gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games, and appeared to be cheering confidently from the stands
The little princess appeared particularly excited to watch the gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games, and appeared to be cheering confidently from the stands

The little princess appeared particularly excited to watch the gymnastics during the Commonwealth Games and appeared to be cheering confidently from the stands 

Really enjoying herself! Princess Charlotte appeared to be having a fantastic day out during the public appearance with her parents
Really enjoying herself! Princess Charlotte appeared to be having a fantastic day out during the public appearance with her parents

Really enjoying herself! Princess Charlotte appeared to be having a fantastic day out during the public appearance with her parents

Elsewhere she was seen cheering enthusiastically as she joined her parents to watch the Artistic Gymnastics at Arena Birmingham on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Elsewhere she was seen cheering enthusiastically as she joined her parents to watch the Artistic Gymnastics at Arena Birmingham on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Meanwhile the family appeared delighted during the outing and could be seen sharing a smile with one another during the day out
Meanwhile the family appeared delighted during the outing and could be seen sharing a smile with one another during the day out

Meanwhile the family appeared delighted during the outing and could be seen sharing a smile with one another during the day out 

When the Cambridges arrived they met senior sporting executives and Kate turned to her daughter and said: 'You liked the swimming, didn't you?' and Charlotte nodded.

The princess, with her hair in pigtails and wearing a sleeveless summer dress and sandals, stood with her hands behind her back looking around, and a few moments later William put an arm around her shoulders.

The Team England Futures programme is a partnership between SportsAid - which Kate supports as patron - Sport England and Commonwealth Games England, which aids the development of promising athletes and aspiring support staff, giving them the opportunity to attend the Games to see behind the scenes.

Charlotte sat between her parents as they chatted to two power weightlifters, Tom Smith and Lottie McGuinness, who were joined by veteran competitors.

Nutritionist Jenny Tschiesche set the Cambridges and their daughter a food challenge, and said afterwards: 'They did really well, and so did Charlotte, she picked up the picture of the chicken and put it in the protein section and she did the same with the beans.'

The family appeared animatedly as they sat next to one another in the stands of the aquatic centre to watch the swimming heats

The family appeared animatedly as they sat next to one another in the stands of the aquatic centre to watch the swimming heats

The occasion marked the first time the little Princess has joined her parents for a solo outing without one of her brothers, Prince George, eight, and Prince Louis, four

The occasion marked the first time the little Princess has joined her parents for a solo outing without one of her brothers, Prince George, eight, and Prince Louis, four

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also appeared delighted to be attending the event alongside their young daughter
Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also appeared delighted to be attending the event alongside their young daughter

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also appeared delighted to be attending the event alongside their young daughter 

The seven-year-old royal appeared delighted to be attending the event with her parents and was beaming as she sat alongside them

The seven-year-old royal appeared delighted to be attending the event with her parents and was beaming as she sat alongside them 

The Duchess arrived with her arm around the little royal, who could be seen gazing around the aquatics centre in Birmingham ahead of the heats
Princess Charlotte walked hand-in-hand with her mother through the Aquatics Centre as they arrived to take their seats and watch the event

Princess Charlotte walked hand-in-hand with her mother through the Aquatics Centre as they arrived to take their seats and watch the event 

The couple also watched when twin beach volleyball players Joaquin and Javier Bello pedalled exercise bikes powering blenders filled with fruit - a gadget that combined the competitive nature of athletes and their interest in nutrition.

Charlotte and her parents were advised to cover their ears as the brothers pedalled the bikes to produce smoothies and Kate did briefly but her daughter kept her ears protected throughout.

Yesterday was just the latest public appearances from Princess Charlotte over the past few months. She appeared alongside her father in a video cheering on the Lionesses at Euro 2022 on Sunday night. 

She also attended a number of different events to mark the Queen's Jubilee earlier this summer. 

Meanwhile she and Prince George took part in their first official engagement at the same time, joining the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit Cardiff in June. 

Senior royals are representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Games as she continues to take a step back from royal duties. The monarch, 96, remains in residence in her Scottish home of Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire. 

Prince Charles stood in for his mother at the spectacular opening ceremony and was greeted by cheers as he drove into the stadium in an Aston Martin. 

Meanwhile Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex have made a number of appearances during the competition thus far, attending yesterday with their children Lady Louise and James. 

After the outing to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a programme supporting young athletes, pictured
Tim Lawler CEO of SportsAid shakes hands with Princess Charlotte

After the outing to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a programme supporting young athletes, pictured. Right, shaking hands with Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid 

Princess Charlotte was on her best behaviour as she joined her parents to meet athletes at SportsAid House at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Princess Charlotte was on her best behaviour as she joined her parents to meet athletes at SportsAid House at the 2022 Commonwealth Games 

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Doting dad Prince William is seen comforting Princess Charlotte, 7, at the Commonwealth Games

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