Kensington Palace released three photos of Princess Charlotte this afternoon to commemorate her fourth birthday.
And they’re lovely.
The pictures were taken last month by the Duchess of Cambridge at the family’s country home, Anmer Hall, and at Kensington Palace.
Many think Charlotte really takes after her father in the photos, while others believe she looks more like her mother or the Queen. (I hoped to be able to do some side-by-side comparisons, but I’ve not been able to locate any images I can license. I will keep searching.)
Charlotte has grown up so much in the last few months, and certainly since last year!
It’s been a busy year for the Princess. In May she was a bridesmaid at her Uncle Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.
In June she attended her third Trooping the Colour.
And went to a charity polo match.
The pictures from that event were just terrific.
In July Charlotte went to her little brother’s christening.
We saw Charlotte as a bridesmaid again at Princess Eugenie’s October wedding. Below you see her in the official photo from that event on the left, and on the right, one of the formal pictures from Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Charlotte was in the official photos marking Prince Charles’s 70th birthday.
A closer look.
In December we saw another picture of Charlotte when the family’s Christmas card photo was released.
What a difference a year makes. Below left, Charlotte in the 2018 picture, and on the right, in 2017’s Christmas card photo.
As you can see from the photos shared above, Charlotte was a busy bridesmaid! In May she was in her Uncle Harry’s wedding; in September she had that role at the wedding of Sophie Carter, one of her godmothers and also one of Kate’s closest friends; and in October we saw her in Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
It won’t be long before the Princess is too big to be carried.
Now for our look at what Princess Charlotte wore in her birthday photos.
In two of the pictures she wears the Amaia Kids ‘Yarrow’ Tartan Skirt from the retailer’s autumn/winter 2017 collection.
The Princess is wearing a cardigan sweater that I haven’t yet identified. The sweater looks like it is wool or a wool blend, in grey with multicolored flecks.The cardigan is worn over a navy turtleneck that I don’t believe we’ll be able to identify, as well as tights. UPDATE: In a comment, Alyssa wonders if Charlotte might be wearing the Girls Rollneck School Top ($16 – $19) from UK retailer John Lewis; we show it below left. The always-helpful Tiegan of The Cambridges website suggested Charlotte could be wearing the Chelsea Clothing Company Alex Rollneck ($14) as shown at Trotters, seen below right. She noted this is a unisex piece and could even be something George wore and passe don to Charlotte. Both are excellent possibilities.
Unfortunately, it will be difficult to identify this piece because we see so little of it, but perhaps Charlotte will wear it again. Thank you to Tiegan and Alyssa for the input!
In the photo where she is sitting on the grass Charlotte appears to be wearing a Trotters Betsy Dress from the Lily Rose collection ($94).
The cotton poplin dress has puff sleeves, piping at the waistband, and hand-stitching on the Peter Pan collar. It is fully lined.
Trotters notes in the product description the shoes can run small; they recommend buying one size up. The style is also available for adults! The style is offered in different colors and patterns, including Charlotte’s dress print, and a ‘Pink Mitzi’ colorway.
We’re sure to see even more pictures of the Princess in the months ahead, with Trooping the Colour in June and her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, where she is expected to join Prince George this fall. Below, Charlotte in one of my favorite photos from the May royal wedding.