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Six times Princess Charlotte has stolen the show

Fourth in line to the throne celebrates fourth birthday with new photo series

Princess Charlotte’s fourth birthday has been marked with the release of a new series of photos taken by her mother.

The fourth in line to the throne was captured by the Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace and their Norfolk retreat of Anmer Hall.

Charlotte has been in public eye since birth, after her mother “broke with tradition in 2015 by issuing the official photographs of her newborn daughter” reports the BBC.

Her last official public outing was in October when she served as flower girl for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The then three-year-old princess “captivated the crowds”, both those in Windsor and those at home watching on their television sets around the world as one of the flower girls, says E News.

The toddler has had quite a bit of practice, having served as a bridesmaid for her aunt Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in May 2017, her uncle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May last year and her godmother Sophie Carter and Robert Snuggs in September.

Eugenie’s wedding was certainly not the first time Charlotte has stolen the show during official engagements, however.

Here are some of her most memorable moments in the public eye:

Prince Louis’s christening 
Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte showed off her cheeky side at her little brother’s christening in July this year.

The Duke and Duchess’s second child “made hearts melt” as she walked into the Royal Chapel at St James’ Palace holding her father’s hand, said the Daily Express.

“As she tottered up to the entrance, holding an order of service, she said to photographers: ‘You’re not coming,’” according to the newspaper.

She was also seen waving, before shaking hands with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who carried out the service.

Her tantrum at Hamburg Airport

Last July, Princess Charlotte, who had just turned two, appeared to throw a bit of a strop at a Hamburg Airport as the family prepared to board a helicopter.

Charlotte “erupted into a mini-tantrum”, before taking a tumble on the tarmac, says the Daily Mail. The family had been jetting about on a five-day royal tour that took in to Warsaw, Berlin, Heidelberg and their final stop, Hamburg, and it clearly all got a bit too much for the toddler. 

Her outburst didn’t last long, though, after she was picked up and comforted by her mother, adds Time magazine.

The birth of her brother

“There was plenty of excitement surrounding the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital” upon news that Kate had gone into labour with her third child in May, Business Insider reports. Reporters and a huge crowd of well-wishers gathered outside in the hope of getting a glimpse of the new royal baby. 

But when Prince William arrived with the newborn’s two siblings, it was Charlotte who commanded the limelight.

“She’s completely mastered her royal waving technique and is definitely living up to her princess title,” says the news site.

Twitter users also noted her confidence, saying that while older brother George appeared uncomfortable at all the attention, Charlotte seemed to revel in it. 

The royal wedding

Charlotte drew further attention at the wedding of her uncle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The young bridesmaid “seemed to love the limelight and had crowds giggling when she poked out her tongue and later ruffled her dress”, the Daily Mirror reports.

“Wearing a stunning floral headpiece, the adorable tot could be seen peering through the window of the car as the bridal party travelled to St George’s Chapel,” the newspaper adds.

Trooping the Colour 2018
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09:Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips and Prince George of Cambridge during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark

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Princess Charlotte and Prince George made a memorable appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony on the afternoon of last month’s Trooping the Colour ceremony - part of the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.

The two young royals appeared alongside Savannah and Isla Phillips, daughters of Peter and Autumn Phillips, and granddaughters of Princess Anne. 

Despite the fact that it “all got a bit much for Princess Charlotte at one point, who leaned into her mum for a cuddle”, she waved happily at the crowd for most of the event - proving that “Charlotte isn’t just any ol’ 3-year-old”, concludes Good Housekeeping magazine.

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