As hoped, we have new photos of Charlotte in advance of her first birthday tomorrow. But we didn’t get just one new picture…
Or even three…
It was a birthday bonanza this morning, as a total of four photos were released of the almost-a-toddler (?) Princess.
The pictures were taken by Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the family’s country home, Anmer Hall. In the picture directly above you can see the family’s dog, Lupo, cavorting in the background.
In all of the pictures Charlotte looks absolutely precious, her eyes still that beautiful shade of blue. Kate captured a wonderful range of facial expressions, with her daughter looking pensive, intrigued, impish, and perhaps jolly. Those are probably not the best adjectives to describe Charlotte’s varied expressions, but they roughly convey a sense of what I see in the pictures.
Here you see a progression of pictures showing Charlotte the last six months, from (right to left): photos taken by Kate in November of last year; a family photo from December, 2015; on a family vacation this March; and then in one of the images released today.
Here we see Charlotte side by side with her older brother George on the eve of his first birthday, they share the same chubby cheeks at this age.
It is fun to see how each of the Cambridge children looked as they began walking; they also seem to favor each other in these photographs.
As several people commented on the WKKW Facebook page, Charlotte also resembles the Queen in one of the pictures released today, shown on the far right below. I added two other pictures where we see this resemblance, including one from the just-released formal photo portraits of the Queen (center) and one from last November’s pictures (left).
In the new pictures we see Charlotte in clothing and accessories much like pieces seen previously: dresses in muted tones with pretty collar detailing, cardigans and ribbed tights. As we saw in the Queen’s 90th birthday portrait her hair is now long enough to be pulled off her forehead with a small clip.
Now to the details of what Charlotte wore in her 1st birthday pictures, starting with her pink outfit.
Her dress is not yet identified. Because of the distinctive Peter Pan collar on Charlotte’s dress and on many made by Rachel Riley I have made an inquiry to see if perhaps Charlotte’s dress is a bespoke piece by the popular children’s retailer. Rachel Riley usually uses prints with a larger repeat and in brighter colors, but it seems worth checking.
We recognize Charlotte’s cardigan, it is the same M and H sweater worn in the Queen’s 90th birthday photo portrait. (As soon as we have a dress ID I will update the post as well as Facebook and Twitter.)
Her tights have also been seen before, the Amaia Kids Ribbed Tights in Dusty Rose (£11). Charlotte wears the Amaia Kids Small Hair Bow in either Dusky Pink or Quartz (£2.50). And we see her in another pair of Early Days shoes, the Emma Pre-Walker in navy ($41 as shown below at Childrensalon).
Now for the blue hues worn by the Princess. (Wasn’t it a delight to see her wearing blue?!)
M and H tells me they are 99% sure Charlotte is wearing one of their dresses in the two pictures with a blue dress. Below you see Charlotte’s dress, it is from their fall/winter 2015 collection.
If wondering why M and H doesn’t always have photos of Charlotte’s frocks, it is probably due in part to the fact they only make about 50 dresses in each style (10 for each of their 5 stores), their products are not mass produced.
The cardigan is by a brand Prince George has worn, Olivier Baby. Charlotte is in the Princess Charlotte Cashmere Rose Stitch Cardigan in Cream (£59 – £89). The sweater is made from “chunky, 6 ply cashmere,” according to the Olivier Baby website. Thanks for this ID to The Daily Telegraph. Below, reaction from the company as shared in The Daily Mail:
‘We are absolutely thrilled that Princess Charlotte looks so happy and beautiful wearing our rose stitch cashmere cardigan. It’s an honour to be part of such a momentous occasion on her first birthday.
‘Prince George was pictured in one of our star back cardigans at the polo last summer. Our traditional style is in keeping with their own.
‘It’s wonderful for a small, home-grown British family brand.’
There’s an interesting story about the cardigan’s creation in this Telegraph story; the person being quoted is Olivier Baby’s founder Emma Davison.
“The cardigan Princess Charlotte is wearing was actually our first design,” Davison tells The Telegraph. “My own daughter is called Rose and my nanny mentioned a stitch called the Rose stitch so that’s how it came about. It’s very close to my heart.”
We see Amaia Kids Ribbed Tights in Light Blue, and more Small Hair Bows; in one photo I believe she wears navy, and in the other the bow is either Denim or Capri, it’s tough to tell. And we see the Emma Prewalker by Early Days again.
In one of the pictures you see Charlotte pushing a toy, it is the Pintoy Baby Walker with Alphabet Blocks. The toy is available in the UK at Treehouse toys (£50) and Mulberry Bush Toys (£49). In the US we found it at Amazon where the price is $145. Thank you to Monique Jessen from People magazine for her speedy ID on this item.
People magazine has reaction from the company.
“We are thrilled to see Princess Charlotte with the Toy Centre baby walker,” a spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “The royal children are often seen with traditional wooden toys as found at The Toy Centre, I think it shows how the family value the quality and beauty of traditional wooden toys.”
Charlotte is also seen with a copy of the children’s classic Wheels on the Bus; above we show it at John Lewis, but there are multiple versions of the book available.
We have been looking for the chair seen in one photo; Laura suggests on the Facebook page that it is a piece by British retailer Lloyd Loom. Below we show the Lloyd Loom Bossanova chair in pink as well as blue.
Lloyd Loom pieces come in a variety of colors, the piece in Charlotte’s photo looks like their grey.It would make sense, the company has a collection just for children.
The chair does look quite similar to Charlotte’s, I have made an inquiry with the company.
If you need a handy-dandy reference, here are two graphics showing what Charlotte wore. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to fill in the blank area where a dress belongs!
And Charlotte’s blue ensemble in a graphic image.
- The Telegraph did a stellar job of quickly identifying much of what Charlotte was wearing in this story by Alice Newbold
- Monique Jessen’s People magazine story is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage may be seen here
- For a story in The Telegraph about Olivier Baby and Charlotte’s Cardigan click here