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Princess Charlotte, the only daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, celebrates her eighth birthday on Tuesday, May 2. The youngster, who is third in line to the throne, has captured hearts as she’s made a gradual introduction to royal life. Charlotte has often been spotted playing a caretaking role, keeping a watchful eye on her older brother Prince George and younger brother Prince Louis during major royal events. But the Princess has also proven to be quite the character, her trademark sass occasionally being put on full display. Now, Express.co.uk takes a look at some of Princess Charlotte’s biggest moments so far, revisiting her life in pictures.
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Princess Charlotte is the only daughter of the Prince and Princess of Wales
Traditional royal birth
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born May 2, 2015, at St Mary’s Hospital in London — the birthplace of her big brother Prince George, born two years earlier, and her father, Prince William.
Less than 10 hours after giving birth to her daughter, Kate was photographed with William on the steps of the Lindo Wing, looking overjoyed with their baby girl.
Their appearance followed a royal custom set by Princess Anne, who gave birth to both of her children, Peter and Zara, at the Paddington hospital. In turn, Princess Diana gave birth to both of her sons — William and Prince Harry — there and posed for the iconic photocall on the steps.
As well as being named in honour of her great-grandmother the late Queen Elizabeth II, Charlotte was named after her late grandmother Princess Diana, who died in August 1997. Her name also is a sweet nod to William’s father King Charles III.
Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015
Charlotte’s name pays sweet tribute to King Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana
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Family of four
Charlotte was christened two months after her birth — on July 5, 2015.
The Royal Family gathered at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate, with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, then-Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall, all in attendance.
Arriving at the church, the Cambridges made their public debut as a family of four, with a then-two-year-old George toddling alongside his father while Kate pushed baby Charlotte in a pram.
The Princess was christened by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who three years later christened Prince Louis.
Charlotte was christened on July 5, 2015
The Christening marked the first time the family had been pictured as a four
First ski trip
In March 2016, when Charlotte was just ten months old, Kate and William took their two children on their first ski holiday in the Alpine village of Courchevel.
The couple invited just one photographer to accompany them on the trip, who took some adorable shots of the family all bundled up as they braced the snow.
William and Kate took their children on their first ski holiday
Buckingham Palace balcony debut
In 2016, Charlotte saw a major palace milestone as she made her debut on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
For the late Queen’s official 90th birthday parade, known as the Trooping the Colour, William and Kate brought both George and Charlotte, who had turned one the month before.
Held in her mother’s arms, the little princess smiled and waved as the military aircraft flew overhead in tribute to Her Majesty.
At another point, Charlotte, dressed in a pale pink dress with a pink bow clip in her hair, pointed as she spotted the crowds of well-wishers.
Traditionally, the Royal Family appears on the balcony every summer
The one-year-old was spotted waving at the crowds
Royal Tour of Canada
Charlotte made her first official overseas visit at the age of 16 months when she accompanied her parents on a trip to Canada in September 2016.
When the Cambridges joined military families at a children’s party in Victoria, the little Princess immediately made a beeline for the balloon arch.
Keen-eyed royal watchers even spotted what appeared to be Charlotte’s first words in public, as she delightfully exclaimed: “Pop!”
She was also heard calling after her “dada” William, and seen taking tender steps as she navigated the engagement, which was fitted with a pony, a dog and a bunny named ‘Smores’.
The Cambridges arrive at Victoria International Airport
Princess Charlotte made a beeline for the balloon arch
Charlotte at Christmas
Also in 2016, Charlotte joined the Middletons at a festive service in Bucklebury, Berkshire, where Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton reside.
It marked both Charlotte and George’s first Christmas communion service at the 12th-century St Mark’s Church.
Wearing a double-breasted navy coat with maroon tights, a matching bow hairclip and little Mary-Janes, the Princess’s outfit coordinated with that of her parents and older brother, all of whom were sporting shades of blue and maroon.
When the family was spotted leaving the church, Charlotte and George were spotted gripping onto candy canes.
The family of four attended church on Christmas Day
Charlotte was spotted gripping onto a candy cane as the royals left the church
In May 2017, Charlotte celebrated her second birthday
‘Belle of the ceremony’
Charlotte played an important role at her auntie Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in May 2017 — shortly after the Princess’s second birthday.
The youngster made an adorable flower girl and was spotted standing alongside her older brother, who played the role of Page Boy.
Leading the procession at St Mark’s Church, Charlotte walked ahead of George and seemingly stole the show. At the time, the pint-sized royal was deemed the “belle of the ceremony” by Vogue.
Charlotte was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her aunt Pippa
Charlotte and George were spotted on the balcony in 2017
During her parents’ five-day official trip to Poland and Germany, Charlotte was spotted in the middle of a “tantrum,” proving that even royal children have their moments.
While visiting Airbus’s factory in Hamburg, Kate desperately tried to calm down the toddler, who seemed to be uneasy about going on a helicopter. At one point, Kate was seen trying to encourage the youngster and at another, Charlotte threw herself to the ground.
Eventually, after encouragement from the aircraft’s pilot, the Princess wiped away her tears and took a look inside the helicopter.
The two Cambridge children were spotted peering out of the plane window
Charlotte appeared to have a little tantrum before they departed Hamburg
Meeting baby Louis
In April 2018, Kate and William welcomed their third child, Prince Louis.
Once again, the Princess of Wales gave birth at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and shortly after George and Charlotte visited their mother and met their new baby brother.
While George appeared bashful at the sight of the crowds, Charlotte smiled and waved as she walked along, holding her father’s hand.
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George and Charlotte arrive at the Lindo Wing to meet baby Louis
In a particularly cheeky moment, Charlotte was photographed seemingly sticking her tongue out at members of the paparazzi.
The then-four-year-old was at a regatta charity event in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with her family when she stole the show with her trademark sass.
Kate appeared to encourage her two eldest children to wave at the crowds, but Charlotte had other ideas, and the Princess of Wales was pictured giggling as she spotted her daughter’s cheeky behaviour.
It was later revealed that she made the playful gesture after seeing her grandfather, Michael Middleton, in the crowd.
Charlotte and Kate at the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
First day of school
Charlotte was “very excited” about starting school, her dad William said as he dropped her off for her first day in September 2019.
Walking across the playground with both parents and her brother, the Princess was all smiles as she met the head of the lower school at Thomas’s Battersea, where George had been a pupil since 2017.
The young royal appeared to be sheepish as she shook the hand of head teacher Helen Haslem. But Prince William, who drove the family to the school, assured the press members: “First day — she’s very excited.”
Charlotte arrives for her first day of school
Christmas at Sandringham
December 2019 saw Charlotte’s first festive appearance at the Royal Family’s Sandringham Estate.
The Princess held on to her mother’s coat as she met members of the public gathered outside Mary Magdalene Church.
She hugged a woman in a wheelchair and was presented with gifts from well-wishers, many of whom queued for hours to catch a glimpse of the young royals.
Charlotte’s outgoing personality shone through, with George described as more “anxious” than his confident little sister.
Charlotte made her first festive appearance at Sandringham in December 2019
Joining the nation
Like thousands across the country, the Wales family showed their appreciation for the NHS by clapping and cheering from their doorstep during the Coronavirus lockdown in April 2020.
The family of five was seen outside their home in Norfolk, all dressed in matching blue outfits to further show their support for those on the frontline.
Kate, William and their three children made a surprise TV appearance during the BBC’s Big Night In to take part in Clap For Our Carers.
Ahead of the 8pm clap, the Prince also unexpectedly appeared in a comedy sketch with Stephen Fry, during which he admitted that homeschooling his children was “a bit of a nightmare, really”.
The Cambridges joined the nation in clapping for the NHS
Remembering her great-grandfather
In March 2022, Charlotte made her first official appearance in over two years when she and George joined their parents at Westminster Abbey for a memorial service for Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 aged 99.
The Princess, then six, charmed the Archbishop of Canterbury, who had christened her seven years earlier, and smiled at photographers as she made her grand entrance at Westminster Abbey.
During the service, Charlotte pulled a funny face after appearing to catch sight of herself on a screen, prompting viewers to giggle over her “sparkling” personality.
The Waleses arriving at the memorial service for Prince Philip
Charlotte meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury who christened her seven years earlier
Then, in April 2022, alongside her older brother, Charlotte made her Easter Sunday debut, joining the Royal Family at St George’s Chapel in Windsor for the traditional church service.
George and Charlotte stepped out in style while accompanying the then-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Easter service.
Dressed in their trademark blue, the Waleses arrived as a united front, with Kate and Charlotte matching in their pale blue dresses.
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Both Charlotte and George made their Easter Sunday debut in 2022
Marking her most prominent public role to date, Charlotte delighted fans as she joined the Royal Family in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in June 2022.
The Princess appeared to keep an eye over both of her brothers, keeping them in line as they marked the major milestone.
During the Trooping the Colour procession, in which George, Charlotte and Louis rode in a carriage, the Princess was seen stopping her younger brother’s enthusiastic waving. Later, during the concert outside Buckingham Palace, Charlotte was spotted scolding the then-four-year-old, who stole the show for his series of funny faces and energetic behaviour.
When the Royal Family appeared on the Palace balcony for the final time, Charlotte proved she also pays attention to her elder brother’s antics. As the royals and gathered crowds sang the national anthem, the Princess noticed that the future king’s hand was resting on the balcony; she then gently nudged her brother, encouraging him to move his hand and fix his posture. Obediently, George straightened up and moved his arms to his side.
Judi James, a professional body language expert, previously told Express.co.uk: “It was clear at the Jubilee that Charlotte is happily taking over the role of mentor for both George and Louis.”
The three Wales children rode by carriage in the Trooping the Colour procession
The Royal Family appeared on the balcony for a significant moment
Rare solo appearance
Charlotte made a surprise appearance at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to watch the swimming with her parents. The three royals were cheering and applauding alongside the crowd for England’s 1,500m freestyle hopeful Luke Turley.
It made a rare official appearance for the Princess, who would usually be joined by George when accompanying their parents on engagements.
At the event, the Princess displayed the full spectrum of human emotion as she watched on from the stands, going from resting her head in her hand to eagerly watching the action unfold.
Both Kate and William encouraged her to join conversations and activities put on the showcase Commonwealth sport. At one point, Charlotte’s knowledge was tested with a nutritional challenge, in which she helped group food into nutritional categories. And later, she was tasked with celebrating Team England’s success, updating their model board by pinning a bronze from the men’s team table tennis event, and a silver from the lawn bowls men’s pairs.
Charlotte seemed to go through a wide range of emotions when she joined her parents at the event
The Princess was spotted giving her father a thumps up at one point
Paying tribute to ‘Gan-Gan’
At seven years old, Charlotte was the youngest member of the Royal Family to attend her great-grandmother’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The late Queen, who she affectionately called ‘Gan Gan’, died on September 8, 2022, and the state funeral was held on September 19.
Charlotte paid tribute to her great-grandmother by debuting her first brooch, a diamond piece shaped like a horseshoe in honour of Her Majesty’s passion for equestrianism.
Once again, the Princess was spotted keeping a dutiful eye on her brother, giving him a royal etiquette reminder as the late monarch’s coffin passed the two oldest children of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Charlotte was seen whispering to George: “You need to bow.”
Charlotte was the youngest member of the Royal Family to attend the funeral
George and Charlotte at the funeral of their great-grandmother
Christmas without the Queen
Marking Christmas last year, Charlotte made two public appearances alongside her parents.
In early December, George and Charlotte joined the rest of the Royal Family for a carol service at Westminster Abbey organised by their mum Kate. The ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service was broadcast on TV on Christmas Eve, and the young royals were seen singing along to the festive music.
Then, on Christmas Day, George, Charlotte and Louis participated in another royal tradition, joining their family for the annual walk to church on Sandringham Estate.
It marked the family’s first Christmas without Queen Elizabeth II — but in her honour, they continued to maintain the traditions she cherished.
Charlotte at The ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service in December 2022
The Waleses at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2022
The Waleses at Easter
Kate, William and their children’s most recent appearance came last month when the family of five returned to St George’s Chapel for the annual Easter Sunday service.
The Waleses arrived in coordinating outfits, with each member of the family wearing a shade of blue.
Charlotte’s outfit matched with mum Kate, who wore a striking royal blue coat, as she donned a coat above a floral dress and electric blue tights.
The Princess walked holding her father William’s hand but, once again, seemed to keep a watchful eye on her younger sibling Louis, who was a few steps behind her, walking by Kate’s side. It marked the five-year-old’s first Easter Sunday service, having been deemed too young to attend in previous years.
Judi James told Express.co.uk that Charlotte’s “constant glances and smiles of approval for Louis here show she is like a wing-woman to her mum when it comes to keeping an eye on the youngest Wales child”.
The family of five arrive at St George’s Chapel in Windsor
Charlotte and Kate leave the Easter Sunday service