Suddenly, Princess Charlotte looks like a pretty young lady. Maybe it’s her long hair, worn off instead of pushed back with a bow, but as this official photo released today on the occasion of her sixth birthday clearly shows, she hasn’t lost her mischievous grin.
In the history of the royal family, feisty women play a role, and Charlotte has inherited a genuine confidence – what her mother calls ‘a spunky side’.
She’s sandwiched between older brother George, seven and three-year-old Louis, and she’s more than capable of holding her own. Family friends describe her as ‘determined’ and ‘smart as a button’ – in brain as well as personality.
The photo taken yesterday in Norfolk by her mother Kate is the latest in a series of delightful memories of Charlotte’s birthdays, taken by the Duchess and also seen here.
In the new photo, Charlotte is wearing a floral Rachel Riley summer dress and her widest smile while Kate is also capturing some of her nonsense. Similar traits are shared by the women on the mother’s side of the family.
Princess of Smiles: Charlotte in a pretty floral print dress in the photo released yesterday to mark her big day. It was taken this weekend by the avid photographer the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk
Age one: a handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Charlotte at Anmer Hall in Norfolk as the young princess celebrated her first birthday in 2016
Two Years Old: An image released as part of a series of delightful memories of Charlotte’s birthdays taken by the Duchess. At some point in the future, Charlotte will be the only daughter of the king
Her great uncle, Gary Goldsmith, said of Charlotte last month: ‘She’s really bold and confident, just like the rest of the family. I think she’s the one I’m most excited to watch growing up. ‘
While her parents have always fiercely protected their children’s privacy, for example by limiting the number of photo calls they participate in each year, they have been more relaxed lately.
During lockdown, they shared their experiences with homeschooling, with William admitting it was “ a bit of a nightmare ” and joking that he was struggling with year 2 math.
Together with her brothers, Charlotte was photographed in front of caretakers during the initial lockdown, delivering packages of homemade pasta to isolated retirees on the Sandringham Estate. In a video with David Attenborough, Charlotte was heard declaring, “I like spiders. Do you also like spiders? ‘
At some point in the future, Charlotte will be the only daughter of the king and will inevitably undergo intensive examination, a fact that has not escaped her parents’ attention.
Before then, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will continue to ensure that their children’s lives are as normal as possible.
Three years old: A handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showing Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince Louis in a photo taken by her mother at Kensington Palace in London
Princess Charlotte of four (photo left) and five (right). Her great uncle, Gary Goldsmith, said of Charlotte last month: ‘She’s really bold and confident, just like the rest of the family. I think she’s the one I’m the most exciting to watch growing up
However, when they do appear in public, it is invariably Charlotte who steals the show – never more so than during the Royal Family’s traditional Christmas Day church service in 2019, when she delighted benefactors by making cheeky faces, waving cheerfully and stopping to accept presents. and even hugging a woman in a wheelchair.
At Princess Eugenie’s wedding last year, bridesmaid Charlotte enjoyed the spotlight and enthusiastically waved to the crowd at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The first of her scene-stealing cameos arrived on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at just 13 months old in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
She was held in Kate’s arms, put a finger in her ear at the sound of the Red Arrows, then threatened to steal her great-grandmother’s thunder by giving her own wave to the thousands below.
The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth for England, pictured around the age of six. The first of Charlotte’s scene-stealing cameos arrived just 13 months old on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration
Princess Elizabeth (who becomes Queen Elizabeth II) with her mother and father in the late 1930s (left) and with her sister Princess Margaret as children on the ‘grounds’ of the model house – Y Bwthyn Bach – presented to them on Elizabeth’s sixth birthday by the people of Wales in 1933
The new photo follows the release of a video of Charlotte with her brothers and their parents on the occasion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary last week. It showed the family enjoying time outdoors at their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall and on sand dunes at a nearby beach.
In the video, Charlotte could be seen playing a marshmallow and toasting over a campfire.
While she loves spending time with grandparents Carole and Michael – as well as Grandpa Charles – William and Kate made sure to learn about her other grandparent, Princess Diana, too.
Charlotte was given the middle name Diana and was baptized in the same Sandringham church where her grandmother, who died 24 years ago, was baptized.
Every Mother’s Day, she and George write loving messages in homemade cards to Diana. This year, Charlotte wrote on a card emblazoned with a giant heart and flowers: “Dear Grandma Diana. I think of you on Mother’s Day. I love you very much. Dad misses you. Lots of love, Charlotte. ‘
The new photo follows the release of a video of Charlotte with her brothers and their parents on the occasion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10th wedding anniversary last week.
It showed the family enjoying time outdoors at their Norfolk residence Anmer Hall and on sand dunes at a nearby beach. The clip was posted with the accompanying message: ‘Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary’
In the video, Charlotte could be seen playing a marshmallow and toasting over a campfire. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: ‘We are immensely grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our life as a family’