Congratulations, Princess Charlotte!
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, celebrate their middle child’s big day on Saturday and in honor of the special occasion, Kensington Palace released a new set of photos of the 5-year-old.
The portraits, taken by Charlotte’s mother, former Kate Middleton, offer a closer look at the little princess, who seems to be right for both her parents and her unmistakable grandmother’s Windsor smile, aka Queen Elizabeth. The sweet images were captured at the Sandringham Estate in April, where the family helped pack and deliver food for local retirees.
Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday closes a remarkable year for the girl who is fourth in line to the throne – just one spot behind big brother Prince George, 6, and one place behind little brother Prince Louis, 2.
Since her last birthday party, Charlotte attended her first day of kindergarten at the same school George attends, Thomas’s Battersea, in London. (Although both siblings receive home schooling during quarantine.)
And that was not the first for her.
In December, she and Prince George, along with other members of the royal family, took their first steps during the annual Christmas walk from Sandringham House to St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, England.
And during the summer, when Charlotte’s parents competed on separate yachts as part of the inaugural King’s Cup Regatta, her mother’s boat was disqualified early and her father finished in third place. But the princess turned out to be the big winner of the family with her scene-stealing antics.
As for the new photos, they offer a fresh look at the growing girl, and they provide the Duchess of Cambridge with yet another opportunity to shine as she shows off her photography skills again – just like she did on Prince Louis Week’s second birthday.
And the royal birthday fun isn’t over yet! Next week Charlotte’s cousin, Archie, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be 1 year old.