Princess Elizabeth at a wedding in 1931.
Bridal attendants Jennifer Bevan, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Ingrid of Sweden at Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel Smith's wedding on Oct. 24, 1931.AP Photo
Princess Elizabeth at a wedding in 1931.
Princess Elizabeth, age 9, after the wedding of the Duke of Gloucester and Lady Alice Scott on Nov. 6, 1935.
Queen consort Elizabeth holding Princess Margaret's hand as Princess Elizabeth follows, attending the Elphinstone wedding, 1936.
Queen Elizabeth (L) with Prince Charles (2L) and Elizabeth II at Princess Margaret's wedding. 1960.
Princess Margaret's children, Viscount David Linley and his sister, Sarah Armstrong-Jones, among the pageboys and bridesmaids at a society wedding. 1975.
Peter Phillips dressed as a pageboy for his Aunt, Sarah Phillips' wedding.
Princess Charlotte christening
Prince William of Wales exchanges glances with bridesmaid Laura Fellowes, 6, during the marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London, July 23, 1986.
Prince William, pageboy at the society wedding of Miss Camilla Dunne to The Honourable Rupert Soames at Hereford Cathedral. 1988.
Prince Harry as a pageboy at his Uncle's wedding with his cousins Eleanor and Alexander Fellowes.
Prince Harry as an Edwardian style pageboy at the wedding of his Uncle, Viscount Althorp. 1989.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie as bridesmaids at Alison Wardley wedding. 1993.
Princess Catherine and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, April 29, 2011, after their marriage ceremony.
Wedding Of Pippa Middleton And James Matthews
Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018.
Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle
Bridal attendants Jennifer Bevan, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Ingrid of Sweden at Lady May Cambridge and Captain Hen

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A Brief Photo History of Little Royal Kids in Big British Weddings

Updated: May 19, 2018 9:17 AM ET | Originally published: May 19, 2017

Usually the bride is the center of attention at a wedding.

But sometimes she has to share the spotlight. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed on Saturday, some of the most prominent attention-grabbers in the ceremony were the bridesmaids and page boys, particularly Prince Harry's niece and nephew Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

Likewise, when Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, married millionaire hedge fund manager James Matthews last year, it was perhaps even more the case she wasn't the only star of the show. Then as now, Princess Charlotte and Prince George were members of the wedding party.

The two young royals are in good historical company, as these photos show. The children of the U.K. royal family have been a hit at society weddings for decades.

In fact, one image shows George's father William, the Duke of Cambridge, as a page boy in the ceremony for his uncle Prince Andrew's marriage to Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in 1986. As TIME reported in the Aug. 4, 1986 issue: "

...the show stealer was Prince William, 4. During the 45-minute ceremony, he played on the cord of his hat like a fakir's apprentice, wrapping the string around his nose and chewing it like a licorice stick. Undaunted by baleful stares from his mother and grandmother, he pulled out his miniature ceremonial dagger and began poking holes in the dress of Diana's niece Laura Fellowes, 6.

...That spirit of grand informality could not be kept down. After the 240-lb., five-decker cake had been cut at the palace, the couple went out again into the streets, riding through the brilliant afternoon in an open landau. As the irrepressible Prince William ran toward the carriage, an unusually fleet- footed Queen hurried to retrieve him.

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