Kate and Wills' newborn baby girl may just be a matter of days old, but already we're smitten. See our collection of gorgeous baby photos, here...
Nine months of waiting all led to this one, iconic moment.
When Kate, Duchess of Cambridge was reported to be in labour at around 6:30am on 2nd May 2015, the whole world was waiting on word that we had a new baby Prince or Princess in the British Monarchy.
At 8:34am that same day, a new addition to the royal family – later named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – was born, and introduced to us all on the front steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.
Then only known as the Princess of Cambridge, the little lady slept peacefully all the way through her big debut at 6.30pm that evening (and we can’t say we blame her, having been born just 10 hours earlier).
And how gorgeous was she? Dark haired like her mum with rosy-red cheeks, and wearing a teeny white bonnet to protect her from the evening chill, little Charlotte was every inch the perfect princess – and she’s become more and more adorable ever since.
From her first public appearance at Trooping the Colour in that puff-sleeved pink dress, to her balloon-bashing antics during the Cambridge’s tour of Canada, we’ve rounded up some of the cutest Princess Charlotte pictures to date, and you can rest assured that we’ll be adding in all of the latest shots just as soon as they emerge.
You may have seen these photos a thousand times by now, but we bet you want to see them over and over again. In fact, we’re not sure we’ll ever tire of looking at those happy parents and proud big brother with their little one – after all, we’re still not bored of looking at Prince George’s first pictures either!
Click through the gallery to see more adorable Princess Charlotte of Cambridge pictures, as and when they come in…
The royal couple only came out for a few minutes, before briefly returning inside the hospital to get little Charlotte into her car seat for the journey home.
William stood close to Kate throughout with his hand protectively on her back. He was also there to give her a helping hand down the steps outside the hospital.
Such a gentleman!
You may have noticed the turnaround with Charlotte’s birth was much quicker than with Prince George in 2013.
Several things were different: the media were not allowed to camp outside for weeks on end like last time, but instead were only allowed to move in once it had been officially confirmed that the Duchess was in labour, and the baby was brought out on the same day as her birth.
It did seem the Duke and Duchess were keen to make the birth of their second child a little more ‘low-key’ than last time (if that’s ever possible).
They even reportedly hired a new PR man to help manage the event and keep it as simple as they could.
Here’s the little one all ready to on her first car journey to Kensington Palace, just a short drive from the hospital. William sat in the front with the couple’s close protection officer, with Kate and baby in the back.
Thanks to a ruling by the Queen in 2013, Kate and Wills’ second child has been given the title Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Before this, only the eldest son of the Prince of Wales was able to inherit the title of HRH. Without this ruling, Charlotte would have been known as Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.
Upon her birth, Charlotte became fourth in line to the throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles, father, Prince William, and big brother, Prince George, bumping uncle Harry down to fifth.
Harry was in fact on a visit to Australia when Charlotte arrived – speaking to well-wishers at the Sydney Opera House on 7 May 2015, he said: ‘I’m looking forward to meeting her. She’s beautiful’.
Prince William’s younger brother was handed lots of cuddly toys by members of the public as gifts for the new royal baby. One lady, Anne Woods, gave him a stuffed koala, which Harry said he quite wanted to keep for himself!
Big brother George looked to be smitten with his little sister, Charlotte. And we’re not surprised, just look how cute she is!
The pictures were taken by Kate at the family home in Norfolk in mid-May, when Charlotte would have been around two weeks old.
Many fans noted that it was interesting that little Charlotte was dark-haired like her mum, whereas George, who turned two in July of this year, was fair just like his dad.
Aww – how sweet are the little royal siblings?
From early on in Charlotte’s life, it was clear that Kate and Wills were keen to keep their babies dressed traditionally – just look at George’s knee-high socks!
Around the time these snaps were released, Prince Charles revealed to guests at a tea party hosted at Clarence House that the little princess had been much easier on Kate than her big brother George.
‘We were talking about grandchildren, he was saying Princess Charlotte does sleep through the night and it was much easier on mum than Prince George,’ a guest explained to Press Association.
What a beautiful picture of the Duchess with her little two-month-old daughter. While Kate looked to be in good spirits at Princess Charlotte’s christening on 5th July, Charlotte was not quite as impressed, and had a bit of a cry in Kate’s arms on the way into the church.
The whole day was filled with references to Princess Diana – William’s mother and Princess Charlotte’s late grandmother.
The couple’s choice of location, the church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, was a poignant reference to Diana, as it was the place where the late Princess was baptised in 1961.
The church has long had connections with the royal family, and it’s where they can be seen going for their Christmas Day service every year.
The choice of music played during the ceremony was also a touching tribute to the late Princess of Wales.
Kate, Wills and their guests listened to Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on Rhosymedre, which was played not only at their own wedding, but also at the wedding of the Charles and Diana in 1981.
Here the Archbishop of Canterbury, who conducted the service, smiles at baby Charlotte in her pram.
Of course, the ultimate tribute to Diana was in one of the names that Charlotte was christened, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, after her late grandmother, and the other after her great-grandmother, the Queen.
Here’s Kate pictured with her two-month-old baby daughter in the drawing room of Sandringham House, where the Queen hosted a post-christening reception – how fancy.
The christening was a small affair, with just close friends and immediate family of the couple invited.
Great granny had a front row seat, obviously.
Celebrity photographer Mario Testino spoke about the ‘amazing experience’ of photographing Princess Charlotte’s christening.
‘What impressed me the most was the energy of the family and of that between the Duke and Duchess,’ he said. ‘One sees how solid they are together and one gets a sense of their strong family values.
‘It was incredible to be able to document four generations of the British royal family together – the monarch and three heirs to the throne – and very heartwarming to see the close relationship between them all.’
The pictures were taken at Sandringham House, the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk, with the family describing it as ‘wonderful day.’
Pictured are Kate’s family; Michael, Pippa, James, and Carole Middleton, Wills’ family; Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Philip and of course, her majesty the Queen.
Four months after her christening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released two new pictures of their daughter Charlotte at the age of six months – and isn’t she a beauty!
The images were shared by the British Monarchy’s social media accounts, with the caption:
‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share two new photographs of Princess Charlotte.
‘They were taken by The Duchess in early November at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do.’
And if you think this picture of Charlotte is cute, you should see the next one…
Hands up if your heart just melted! This photograph shows Charlotte looking relaxed and happy at Anmer Hall, the family home in Norfolk, giggling away and playing with what appears to be a beloved stuffed toy dog.
Charlotte’s cute little floral dress is from m&h, a Spanish brand which specialises in baby and children’s clothing, and it costs £21. According to HELLO!, the dress was a present from Prince George’s Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who bought it in Spain.
It seems that the princess will be dressed in a traditional wardrobe similar to that of her brother George, although their personalities are said to be quite different!
Prince William has previously described Charlotte as ‘very ladylike’ and ‘his little joy of heaven’, whereas George is his ‘little monkey’.
In December 2015 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiled their first picture as a family of four, and isn’t it lovely?
Princess Charlotte can be seen in her trademark floral dress and pale pink cardigan in mum Kate’s lap. But despite the image being used for the family’s festive greetings it was actually taken in the Autumn of that year.
The message alongside the image read ‘A new family photo – Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.’
In March 2016, the Cambridges shared what might just be their cutest series of photos ever, taken on their first holiday as a family-of-four.
Beautiful 10-month-old Charlotte was pictured in a white ski suit with a knitted pink hat, matching mum Kate’s white jacket – although she hadn’t quite progressed to a pair of ski goggles just yet!
The family were on a private skiing holiday in the French Alps and, according to royal officials, the holiday was the first time either of the children played in the snow.
The pictures from the royal’s trip to the French Alps were also some of the only pictures of the children that had not been taken by the Duchess herself.
Instead, Wills and Kate recruited royal photographer John Stillwell, a favourite with the royals, to take the snaps.
Princess Charlotte joined her cousins and second cousins for a very special portrait in April 2016.
The assembly of little royals was put together for the Queen’s 90th birthday, and Princess Charlotte was paid the great honour of sitting in her majesty’s lap.
This was the first time the Queen has been seen holding Princess Charlotte, but we think they look like great friends – just look at those smiles!
To celebrate Princess Charlotte’s first birthday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released four new adorable photos of Princess Charlotte.
The series of pictures, which were released by Kensington Palace, once again showed Princess Charlotte at the Duke and Duchess’ home in Norfolk. The photos were taken in April 2016.
How adorable! Princess Charlotte is pictured here having heaps of fun out in the garden at the Duke and Duchess’ home in Norfolk.
This image was shared by the Kensington Palace?s social media accounts, with the caption: ‘The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments, ahead of their daughter’s first birthday.’
Snapped with a blue bow in her hair and a beautiful cream cardigan, these pictures provided a rare intimate insight into family life in the royal household.
‘We hope everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as we do,’ the family said when the sweet snaps were shared online.
Princess Charlotte made her Trooping the Colour debut in June 2016, clad in a cute pink dress that matched the pastel outfit of mum Kate.
She looked excited to be on the iconic balcony watching the planes fly overhead – although the same can’t be said for big bro George, who looked distinctly unimpressed!
Charlotte and Kate were two peas in a pod during the public appearance, although it was around this time that fans started noticing that Charlotte also bore a striking resemblance to another member of the family – her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Later that year, the Cambridge family took a visit to Canada – here they’re seen disembarking what would have been 16-month-old Charlotte’s first ever long-haul flight!
The visit was the also first official royal tour for 16-month-old Charlotte –
elder brother George, three, already accompanied Kate and William to
Australia and New Zealand back in 2014.
At the time, a statement was released which referred to the trip as a great opportunity for Kate and William ‘to introduce their children to a major realm
before things like school make this difficult later on.’
One of the highlights of the trip was the family’s attendance at a children’s tea party.
Princess Charlotte was dressed in a smart blue dress and cardigan for the occasion, which mirrored the shades of William and George’s jumper. Kate, meanwhile, went for classic white for the group appearance.
Charlotte was pictured having a whale of a time at the celebration, and took a particular interest in a huge balloon arch at the entrance, which she patted happily whilst grinning up at her proud parents.
The royal children were also treated to activities including a petting zoo animals and entertainment from clowns, as well as displays of bubbles, which certainly caught the eye of little George.
Charlotte also made friends with a fluffy white dog, whom she was seen cuddling under the watchful eye of Kate.
Off again! At the beginning of October, Charlotte and co departed from their Canadian tour and headed home to the UK.
Every inch the professional, the tot smiled and waved for the assembled crowds, following a perfect demonstration from her mum and dad.
Princess Charlotte’s final appearance of 2016 was on Christmas Day, during a church visit to St Mark’s church in Englefield, Berkshire, where they were joined by the Middleton family and Pippa Middleton’s fiancé James Matthews.
When they emerged after the service, Charlotte looked thrilled to have been handed a candy cane as a festive treat – a girl after our own hearts!
Kensington Palace released this new portrait of Princess Charlotte on the day before her second birthday on May 2nd 2017.
Writing on the Royal Family’s social media channels, they said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new photograph of Princess Charlotte to mark her second birthday tomorrow.’
‘The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte’s second birthday.’
‘Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.’
The image showed the young princess sitting on a hay bale, with side-parted hair clipped with a navy blue bow and an adorable yellow knitted cardigan from none other than high street favourite John Lewis.
However, it’s bad news if you’re hoping to get your hands on the same one, as it sold out moments after the picture was shared!
Kate couldn’t help but beam with pride as she watched her daughter play the role of bridesmaid in sister Pippa’s wedding.
Charlotte was a central part of auntie Pippa’s service, held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, and didn’t she look sweet in her little white dress and floral headband?
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The Duchess took on the role of overseer of the group of pageboys and bridesmaids, who included, of course, Charlotte’s brother George.
She led the group into the church, whilst husband William and his brother Harry arrived separately. However, Kate was not thought to have been a bridesmaid herself, despite Pippa acting as her maid of honour when she tied the knot in 2011.
The picture that melted a thousand hearts! Princess Charlotte looked excited to be wearing such a fancy get-up as she stood with her mum outside the venue.
We just can’t get over her frilly collar and flower crown – could the little princess be any more picture perfect?
Charlotte made her next public appearance at Trooping the Colour in June, which is held every year in honour of her grandmother’s birthday.
The little princess, two, laughed and played with her parents and brother George as they watched the impressive air display from the royal balcony.
Both Charlotte and George seemed transfixed by the occasion, looking to the sky under the watchful eye of mum Kate and dad William.
Now, hands up if you’re going to be scouring the high street for matching pink outfits for you and your little ones after seeing these adorable snaps…
Charlotte landed safely in Warsaw for the first stop on the Cambridge’s 2017 World Tour, held by mum Kate.
In her adorable red and white floral dress, the tot looked excited to be off the plane and was the picture of charm, smiling and waving as she met the assembled Polish officials.
One eagle-eyed fan noticed that Charlotte’s shiny red shoes looked extremely similar to a pair her uncle Prince Harry wore back in 1986, leading to speculation that she’s wearing his hand-me-downs.
We love the idea of Harry and William going through the royal cupboards to find their old outfits for the new little ones to wear – how cute!