This year, William and Kate elected not to share a new image of their daughter to commemorate the day. It's the first time since George and Charlotte were born that we haven't seen a new photo released by the Palace. I understand the decision was made because we saw Charlotte at the Lindo Wing and new photos of the Princess will be shared with the public at Harry and Meghan's wedding and Trooping The Colour in June. The Palace posted a tweet wishing Charlotte a happy birthday and thanking those who sent good wishes this morning.
'The reason for this is likely rooted in William and Kate's determination not to overexpose their children at such a young age, with special consideration given to the fact that this is such a busy year for the royal family, and therefore the little Cambridges.
William and Kate go to great lengths to secure privacy for their children, and the annual release of birthday photographs has been a clever way to satiate the public's desire to see the young royals as they grow up. However, given that George and Charlotte made a very rare public appearance just last week, as they arrived at the Lindo Wing to meet new baby brother Prince Louis, the need to release a new birthday image of Charlotte this year has been somewhat negated.
What's more, it's highly likely we will soon be treated to a new family photo to celebrate the birth of Prince Louis – with George and Charlotte almost certain to feature. To celebrate Charlotte's arrival in May 2015, William and Kate shared a series of photos taken by the Duchess herself, showing George cradling his new baby sister – and the first family photos of Prince Louis are likely to follow a similar pattern.'
As Charlotte bids farewell to two and say hello to three, it's been quite a year since her 2nd official birthday photo was released.
Last May, the Princess played a very special part as bridesmaid at the Berkshire wedding of her aunt Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. In less than three weeks, Charlotte is expected to take on the starring role once again for Uncle Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle at Windsor.
As part of the ongoing Heads Together campaign, Prince William was interviewed by Alastair Campbell for British GQ. The spread featured a new black and white photograph of the Cambridges relaxing at Kensington Palace as they watch George, Charlotte and Lupo play.
In June, Charlotte made her second Trooping The Colour appearance.
A peek at the crowds.
These royal events can be exhausting...
In July, George and Charlotte accompanied their parents during the Poland and Germany tour.
The Princess received a matching bouquet to match her mother's.
The departure wasn't entirely smooth sailing. Charlotte took a tumble...
Back in Kate's arms, it wasn't long until the resilient toddler was smiling again.
The 2017 Cambridge Christmas Card.
We saw a wonderful shot of Charlotte arriving at Gan-Gan's, better known as the Queen, for the annual pre-Christmas luncheon.
On 8 January, Princess Charlotte marked an important milestone - attending her first day at Willcocks Nursery School. The adorable images were taken by Kate at Kensington Palace before she and William dropped their daughter off for her first day. They are gorgeous shots and captured Charlotte's personality wonderfully. The Princess looked cute as a button in her burgundy coat and shoes.
Charlotte has been attending Willcocks on a full-time basis since - morning classes run five days per week, with afternoon classes held on three days.
On 23 April, Charlotte got the best early birthday present she could have hoped for in the form of a little brother. William brought George and Charlotte to meet the new arrival.
There is the most adorable video of Charlotte exiting the car and straightening her little dress. She's already quite the little lady :)
Vous la voulez, la voilà. William, George et Charlotte (côté public) en arrivant lundi à St Mary's. (via krisvirdias instagram) #RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/zk1MJqivrk— RoyalSourceFR (@RoyalSourceFR) April 27, 2018
Charlotte was full of personality and appeared to take the media attention in her stride.
A very regal wave from the Princess.
We also have an update on Prince Louis! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Prince Louis. Yesterday morning, Prince William signed the birth register at Kensington Palace, witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office. A short time later, the birth certificate for His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles was released. The document lists William and Kate's occupations as 'Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom'.
The Queen was spotted arriving by helicopter at Kensington Palace yesterday; it's safe to say she met her great-grandson Louis during the visit. Her Majesty, wearing a tweed skirt, pink jumper and headscarf, was pictured clutching a small posy of flowers as she made her way to the Palace. I imagine they were a gift for Charlotte's birthday.
'The Queen – dressed in headscarf, tweed skirt, pink cashmere jumper and sensible lace-up shoes, and carrying her Launer handbag – laughed and joked with police protection officers. Walking unaided, she glanced towards the growing crowd and smiled before she was driven, a blanket on her knees, in her official Range Rover the short distance to William and Kate’s apartment.
Although she was there to meet Louis, her visit would no doubt have gone down well with her other great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who both adore her. George, four, memorably named her ‘Gan Gan’. No doubt Gan Gan also had a present for Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her third birthday today. The Queen had been staying at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, who is recuperating from a hip replacement, when Prince Louis of Cambridge was born on Monday last week.
She was one of the first people William, 36, telephoned with the news that his third child had been delivered safely, but until yesterday afternoon he and Kate had not had the chance to introduce him to her. It was decided that they would wait until the Queen returned to London for the start of her working week.
Chris Ship believes the Duchess of Cornwall met Louis yesterday and Hello reports Prince Charles will meet Louis for the first time today:
'Prince Charles has flown into London to meet his new baby grandson Prince Louis for the very first time. He is understood to have chosen the date specifically so he can also see his granddaughter Princess Charlotte as she celebrates her birthday. Charles will enjoy some precious hours getting to know William and Kate's newborn son at their Kensington Palace home, where little Louis is being cared for by his parents. He is expected to wait to see Charlotte when she finishes nursery, in celebration of the little girl turning three, and is likely to also take the opportunity to see his eldest grandchild, Prince George, once the school day comes to an end.'
Finally, we have a timely giveaway to share. To celebrate the birth of Prince Louis, Claudia Bradby Jewellery has launched a new, personalisable pendant to celebrate the occasion.
The £95 Mother & Child pendant features their solid silver ‘Kate’ nugget alongside a baby cultured pearl charm in a choice of white, pink or silver pearl colours.
view the collection of charms here.
view the collection of charms here.
The silver nugget used in the pendant is the same charm that was designed by Claudia in collaboration with Kate Middleton, as she then was, while she was working for the fashion brand Jigsaw. Claudia added: " It seemed fitting that, ten-years on from the original design, we use the same nugget in this necklace, timed to coincide with this happy event. We’ve been delighted to note that Kate and her sister, Pippa, have been spotted wearing a number of pieces from our collections in the years since." Below, the Kate Silver and Rose Quartz earrings and matching necklace Kate designed with Claudia.More from Claudia's team:
As well as their past collaboration, Claudia has a personal association with the Duchess of Cambridge. During her husband, Tom Bradby’s, time as royal correspondent for ITV she was able to get to know Kate personally and was a guest at William and Kate’s wedding. This connection made it natural for Claudia to want to celebrate this happy event in the life of the royal couple, by designing a piece with a special sentiment that would make a meaningful gift for all mothers.
“As a mother of three myself, I was so happy for William and Kate when they announced that she was expecting again and wanted to mark it in some way,” explains Claudia. “There is nothing as meaningful to a mother as a gift that reminds her of her children and the customisable element of this necklace means that it can have special significance for all mums, and can be added to as a family grows. The shared history behind the design makes it all the more special.”