Monday, 2 May 2016

Princess Charlotte, a year in photos

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge is one on May 2nd 2016

Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, turns one today and while she's only been seen in public twice since her birth she's starred in a mini photo album of her own. From that first appearance on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's, Paddington just ten hours after her arrival in the world to the latest photos taken by Kate of her little girl, here's a look back at Charlotte's first year, in photos.

The world's first glimpse of the as yet unnamed baby princess came on the day of her birth when she was taken home from hospital by her parents. The little girl, born at 8.34am and weighing 8lbs 3oz, slept through her media debut.

The first official photos came around a month later and were shared on Twitter, setting a social media trend for Charlotte's portraits that continues to this day. She was snapped by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, with her brother, Prince George, and the images of the two siblings together showed just how similar they looked.

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was christened on July 5th 2015 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham - the same place her paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales had been baptised 54 years earlier. She wore the replica of the traditional Honiton lace christening gown and was carried to the church in a vintage pram. 

The official photos were taken by Mario Testino, providing another link with Diana, and captured Charlotte next to her great grandmother, the Queen, for the first time.

New images of Charlotte were shared in the autumn. Two photos of her, again taken by Kate and posted on Twitter, showed her growing up fast and having a giggle with a toy dog as well as staring into the distance in a wistful pose.

The Cambridge family released a new photo of themselves at Christmas, showing Charlotte and George growing up fast. The pose in the park is now one of the most famous photos of them and it was shared, again, on social media.

Charlotte's next photos came in March when the Cambridge family headed off on a ski-ing holiday and released images of themselves after they had returned. That proved controversial while the pictures themselves showed how quickly Charlotte had grown up since her last snapping session.

At the age of eleven months, Charlotte posed for yet another of the most famous photographers in the world when she took part in a portrait to mark the Queen's 90th birthday taken by Annie Liebovitz. The little princess sat on her great grandmother's lap while her brother and the other royal great grandchildren, as well as Elizabeth II's two youngest grandchildren, also posed for the camera. 

And so to her birthday. A day before Charlotte of Cambridge turned one, her mum and dad tweeted four new images of their little girl as she approached this big milestone. She looks more like William than ever before and so determined that George might need to keep an eye out. The first year of any baby' s life is always eventful and Charlotte has been no different. As she begins year two, Happy Birthday to the littlest princess of the House of Windsor.

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