As hoped, a photo commemorating Princess Charlotte’s second birthday was released today by Kensington Palace.
The photo was taken by Charlotte’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the family’s country home, Anmer Hall. In the new picture, it appears the Princess may have been posed in front of what looks like bales of hay. Her hair is longer and thicker than in the photos seen at Christmas, and she looks just darling. As Kate and William have done previously, they released the new image via social media.
The Princess is wearing a cardigan sweater (jumper) in a classic Fair Isle pattern. I believe it is called the John Lewis Baby Knitted Fair Isle Sheep Jumper (or cardigan).
The sweater features little sheep on the white band of the sweater. A Tip of the Tiara to the very talented Kate J. on the WKKW Facebook page for her speedy identification of the cardigan. The piece is a blend of viscose/nylon/lambswool/cotton/cashmere (presuming the fiber content is the same as the style shown below left.) It turns out there is a dress version of the design available in pink; that style is on sale for £10, about $13 at today’s exchange rates.
This shows the pattern at the neckline a little better.
A closer look at the sheep.
The design also came in a hoodie style.
UPDATE MAY 3: John Lewis tells me the styles will not be restocked.
Beneath the sweater, Charlotte is in a top or bodysuit by Jojo Maman Bebe.
Charlotte could be wearing one of three styles: the Peter Pan Bodysuit comes in both a long sleeve version (on sale for $6) as well as a short sleeve bodysuit (also discounted to $6); it is also offered as a short sleeve top ($17.89). All styles are 100% cotton. The only outstanding issue is the precise color; the ‘ditsy floral’ pattern comes in a ‘denim blue’ color way, here is a closeup of Charlotte’s collar and the actual top. My guess is that Charlotte is wearing the ‘denim blue’ color, and there was some color correction in the editing process that makes Charlotte’s flowers look like a lighter blue.
Another Tip of the Tiara today, this one for Kaie, she shared the information about Charlotte’s top on the Facebook page. Charlotte’s hair bow is from a favorite retailer, Amaia Kids. They verify she is wearing the medium size bow in Navy (£4).
Kate is fond of classic Fair Isle patterns, here you see George in one taken in December 2015 for the family’s Christmas card.
For a little historical perspective, here are some montages. Below, the Prince and Princess in their official 1st birthday photos.
And in their official age two pictures; the photo of George is from Charlotte’s christening.
In this group, you see Charlotte at her christening through May of last year.
And here she is from Trooping Colour last June through her 2nd birthday photo released today.
We send Happy, Happy Birthday wishes to the Princess for her second birthday tomorrow!