A new portrait has been shared to mark Princess Charlotte’s eighth birthday tomorrow (May 2).
Photographed by her mother, as in previous years, she gifted the Princess of Wales, 41, with a grin between her teeth to mark the occasion.
With her tousled dark hair and rosy cheeks, it seems that country life on the King’s Berkshire estate, where the family moved last summer, agrees with her.
On releasing the images, Kensington Palace said: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are delighted to share a new photo of Princess Charlotte ahead of her eighth birthday.”
And like the images posted last year to mark Charlotte’s special day, it shows the princess’s striking resemblance to her father, Prince William, 40.
Happy Birthday Charlotte! A new photo has been released in honor of the young royal’s birthday. She will be eight on May 2
Princess Charlotte bears a striking resemblance to her father Prince William (pictured in Birmingham last month) in her recent birthday portrait
The father-daughter duo seem to share a number of facial features, including their eyes and nose, and expressions.
They both have big, radiant smiles that bear more than a passing family resemblance.
Every year the Wales release new photos on the occasion of their children’s birthdays, usually taken by their mother, the Princess of Wales.
Last year, when Charlotte celebrated turning seven, photos were published of the youngster at the family’s country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
In the photos, Charlotte can be seen smiling into the lens, wearing a blue blouse and patterned sweater, and holding a bouquet of freshly picked daisies.
While her birthday is on May 2, the young royal family started celebrating early and was spotted in London over the weekend.
The princess was no doubt delighted with the pre-birthday treat her mother arranged for her on Saturday, when she took a group of friends to the Royal Opera House to see the Cinderella ballet, where the girls were allowed to take the stage at the end.
As one Twitter user confirmed her surprise at seeing the royal mother and daughter in the audience, a video posted on Instagram showed the Princess of Wales going up to her daughter who was on stage.
Last year: This photo of Princess Charlotte taken at Anmer Hall, the home in Norfolk in Wales, was shared to mark the youngster’s turning seven. Royal guards noticed the resemblance to her father in this image
Today’s release of the latest portrait follows the Welsh tradition of sharing photos of their children each year to mark their birthdays, when she was five (pictured, left) and six (pictured, right).
In the clip, the happy birthday girl was attracted by the performers and smiles shyly as proud mom Kate fusses over her.
Charlotte, who is wearing a cute fringed fuchsia dress and has her hair in a bun, can also be seen waving a lighted wand as she appears to be joined on stage by her friends.
In another clip, Charlotte and the other girls go on stage with glitter falling on them as the princess raises her hands to try and catch it.
And soon she will be seen again in the capital.
Charlotte will enchant royal fans this weekend when she shows up at the coronation with her family.
Earlier, Princess Charlotte shared her birthday photos with her younger brother Louis (pictured, left), and returned to solo portraits the following year when she turned four (pictured, right)
A princess turns one (pictured, left) and the princess turns two, with this sweet photo shared on the occasion of her big day
She would not have an official role due to her age, but she is expected to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey and appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
And the young royal family is expected to join her father, the Prince of Wales, her mother Kate, older brother Prince George, nine, and younger brother Prince Louis, five, in the coronation procession.
It was reported last week that the royal siblings will sit in a carriage with their parents behind King Charles and Queen Camilla, who will travel in the Gold State Coach.
The Wales will be joined by the Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
The way he was: Prince William, when he was eight years old, looked a lot like his daughter Charlotte at the same age
Princess Anne, who is a former Olympic equestrian, will ride behind the golden state carriage that will transport Charles and Camilla through The Mall.
This role is formally given the title of Gold-Stick-in-Waiting, a position historically given to the person charged with ensuring the safety of the Monarch.
Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry are not expected to participate.
After much speculation over whether the Sussexes would attend the coronation or not, it was confirmed last month that Prince Harry would fly to London to be at Westminster Abbey for the ceremony, but Meghan would remain in Montecito, California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. .
But it was reported over the weekend that the Duke’s visit to the UK would be transitory and unlikely to stay long as he’s eager to return to the US for Prince Archie’s fourth birthday – which is also on Saturday is.