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Great choice, Charlotte...

Last year, Charlotte’s christening was held at the Church of St Mary Magdelene in front of just 21 guests, and saw her wear the same silk and lace christening gown that George wore for his baptism. We’re still gawping over Mario Testino’s stunning, intimate photos of Charlotte’s christening – especially the candid shot of the Duchess of Cambridge gazing adoringly at her baby girl.

But just look at how fast Charlotte’s growing up! During a Buckingham Palace reception for Olympic athletes earlier this week, Duchess Kate met equestrian gold medalist Natasha Baker and revealed a fascinating insight into the Princess Charlotte’s interests…

‘I asked her how are the children, and she said George really enjoyed the fencing and Charlotte really enjoyed her riding. It obviously got to her and maybe she will be here in a few years time,’ Baker explained. ‘She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses, and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.’

Could Kate and Wills have future Olympian on their hands?

But before gorgeous little Charlotte, there was gorgeous little George…

Kate and Prince William had welcomed their first child, a son, Prince George Louis Alexander some 22 months earlier.

Often pictured with his royal parents on their various tours and at various events, he’s become a media darling thanks to his utterly adorably little face and ‘cheeky monkey’ nature – Prince William’s words, not ours, and along with little sister Charlotte, recently took part in the Royal eight-day-long tour of Canada.

And before the kids arrived? A then-Kate Middleton and Wills married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. Kate wore Alexander McQueen, and the nation – as well as quite a few royal fans across the globe – watched the two tie the knot (or turned off the TV if the royals aren’t your thing).

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