Princess Charlotte turns 5 today! And to celebrate her special day, the Duke and Duchess shared a gorgeous new portrait on the Kensington Palace Instagram account. "Thank you for all your lovely messages on Princess Charlotte's fifth birthday!" the caption reads. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Princess Charlotte, taken by The Duchess this April." In the photo, Princess Charlotte wears an adorable black-and-white, houndstooth-print dress with a sweet ruffled collar.
This followed a series of photos of Princess that William and Kate shared the night before their daughter's birthday. On Friday evening, they posted four portraits — also taken by Kate. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share four new photographs of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fifth birthday tomorrow," Kensington Palace wrote on Instagram. "The images were taken by The Duchess as the family helped to pack up and deliver food packages for isolated pensioners in the local area." It's hard to believe that it's already been five years since we got our first little glimpse of the adorable Princess Charlotte — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter and middle child — outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital in London.
Just last week, the royal family celebrated another special day: the second birthday of Charlotte's younger brother, Prince Louis. And although they aren't able to plan a big celebration for their birthdays this year due to COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, they still found a way to mark the days at their home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
It's become a sort of birthday tradition for the Cambridge family to release new portraits taken by Kate. The photos released of Princess Charlotte are, of course, gorgeous. See all five of Charlotte's sweet portraits ahead!