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…
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).
All the royal gang – from left, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince of Wales, The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Duchess Kate – were pictured together at the annual Diplomatic dinner in December 2016. Held at Buckingham Palace, the annual event is a biggy in the royal calendar and whilst Duchess Kate wore a divine red Jenny Packham gown for the occasion, she teamed the dress with Princess Diana’s favourite tiara – which first made in 1914, was gifted to the late Princess on her wedding day.
Duchess Kate and Princess Charlotte getting acquainted with some flowers during the last leg of their Canadian tour
The duchess wearing a bespoke Alexander McQueen dress on a tour to Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having a laugh during their tour of Canada.
The images were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at the family home in Norfolk.
George is pictured playing on his swing in a couple of the images in a cute striped tee.
One caption read: ‘The Duke and Duchess thank everyone for all the lovely birthday messages they have received for Prince George.’
Prince George and Catherine,
Duchess of Cambridge next to the Red Arrows at the Royal International
Air Tattoo in Fairford, July 2016.
Prince George and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge on a trip to visit to the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, July 2016.
Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge on a trip to visit to the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, July 2016.
First, let’s celebrate Prince William’s 34th birthday with some visual reminders of how the royals still look so in love whilst attending the annual celebration at Royal Ascot (where else?).
Here’s Prince William and fine looking equine steed at the Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury. Great blue steel from both parties.
Recently, the family made their first royal balcony appearance as a four-some, watching the Red Arrows fly past at the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent out some adorable thank you cards on behalf of Princess Charlotte’s birthday. Twitter user Jess Ilse showed her own private card, featuring Princess C in a cute pink dress.
In May 2016, Princes William and Harry were seen enjoying the bank holiday weekend at the annual Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park.
Before the match, Prince Harry was seen alongside the pitch.
Prince William was snapped in action at the Audi polo event as he lead the team to victory on both Saturday and Sunday’s event. The star-studded annual polo day was attended by the likes of Tom Hardy, Ellie Goulding and Gemma Arterton.
Royal photographer Paul Ratcliffe shared on Twitter a brand new image of Kate and Wills that was on a card thanking him for wishing them a happy fifth wedding anniversary.
The card features the couple looking happy and relaxed in front of the camera, with a message on the inside that read:
?The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of their 5th Wedding Anniversary. It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses send you their warmest thanks and best wishes?
Meanwhile, arguably the most adorable pictures of Prince George have been released of the evening he stayed up way past his bedtime to meet Barack and Michelle Obama wearing silk PJs and a monogrammed dressing gown. Said dressing gown has now completely sold out, naturally, proving Prince George to be a pretty powerful style icon on the kidswear scene already. Too. Much. To. Handle.
Click on to see the rest, as they are just as ADORABLE…
Following a meeting with the Queen and Prince Philip, the Obamas stopped by Kensington Palace for an informal dinner with William, Kate and Prince Harry – and a brief but cute appearance from a sleepy Prince George. We love.
The Duke and Duchess along with President Obama watch on as George (in dressing gown and pyjamas) plays on his rocking horse. Cuteness overload.
The official Twitter account for the family – @KensingtonRoyal – shared this wonderful family photo in April 2016. The shot was captured for the Royal Mail as part of a series of new stamps featuring four generations of royals, featuring the Queen three heirs to the throne.
The official Twitter account for the family – @KensingtonRoyal – shared these adorable family photographs from a ski trip to the French Alps in March 2016. The young royal family look blissfully happy as they let PA Royal Photographer John Stillwell capture the family’s first holiday as a family of four. The official social media account for the family also revealed that these pictures captured ‘the first time either of the children have played in the snow’.
Kate and Wills took a stroll together, taking in the sights at Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi as part of their recent royal tour in India.
Attending a charity Bollywood-inspired gala at The Taj Hotel, Mumbai, the Duke of Cambridge is ever the gentleman, seen placing a protective arm around his beautiful wife.
The Duke and Duchess enjoyed a spot of cricket together at the Oval Maidan recreation ground as part of their recent royal tour in south Mumbai, seen here post match, the couple also took time to visit the Mumbai slums.
Despite being a fiercely private couple day-to-day, these recent photographs from the Cambridge family ski trip gave the public a rare insight into the loved-up Duke and Duchess’ relationship with these fun, cosy couple pictures.
Sharing a cute moment together, Prince William and Duchess Kate are snapped engaging in a snow ball fight. Gah! These two are so cute!
In the images taken by PA royal photographer John Stillwell, doting dad Prince William is pictured with his adorable little girl, Princess Charlotte as well.
And here the family are all together. The captions on the family’s official social media account read: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photos of their family enjoying a short ski break.’
The official Instagram account for Kensington Palace, the London residence of the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge, released two adorable pictures of two-year-old Prince George in January 2015 on his first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery.
The adorable images were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself as her son, Prince George, attended his first day of nursery school in Norfolk.
Kensington Palace, the London residence of the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge, released this picture-perfect Christmas card from the Cambridge’s in December 2015.
The caption was an appropriately festive greeting, saying ‘Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four.’
Kensington Palace also released two adorable pictures of Princess Charlotte at six months old, captioning the images with ‘The Duke and Duchess hope everyone enjoys these new photos of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.’
The images, taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, show baby Charlotte dressed in an adorable pink dress from Spanish brand m&h, thought to be given as a gift from her nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. And the best part? The dress is worth £21, becoming the new hot item for fans of the royal family.
And this adorable snap was posted alongside the caption: ‘This photo of Princess Charlotte was also taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at home in Norfolk earlier this month.’
In the summer of 2015, birthday boy George is thought to be spending his second birthday at home, in private, in the family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, which itself is nestled in the grounds of the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. And we’re guessing the family will be holding out for some good summer weather for the little prince’s party. Happy Birthday, Prince George!
Kate Middleton gazes adoringly at nine-week-old Charlotte at her baptism in this photo taken by Mario Testino.
The family were pictured en route to the church for Princess Charlotte’s christening at the Church of St Mary Magdelene in Sandringham in July 2015. Kate Middleton wore an elegant Alexander McQueen coatdress with a white fascinator.
Princess Charlotte plays peekaboo with the thousands of well-wishers who turned out to watch the family attend her christening in July 2015.
All together now, awww!
Meanwhile, Prince George wore an outfit by Rachel Riley for his sister’s christening.
Prince George is clearly loving his role as a big brother already. Kate took these photos herself and released them on the Kensington Royal Twitter – how very modern.
The royal siblings were captured in another adorable snap on the day, too.
Just weeks after welcoming their second child Princess Charlotte, George, Wills and Kate joined The Queen for the annual Trooping The Colour event at Buckingham Palace. We imagine that William was pointing a plane out to George – but, then again, it could have been an ice cream van.
With a weeks-old Princess Charlotte staying with her grandparents, Kate and George were spotted having a run around behind the scenes of a polo event, at which Prince William was playing.
Prince George was snapped walking around and playing with his mum as Prince William was busy on the polo field.
George was pictured having a kickabout, too.
But still has time for cuddles with his mum.
Backtrack a few weeks though and Kate was pictured wearing a Jenny Packham dress when she left hospital after Princess Charlotte’s birth.
Kate recycled a pink Mulberry coat for her final royal engagement before going on maternity leave, ahead of the birth of Princess Charlotte.
Looking chic and sharp in the hot pink coat, Kate paired it with simple black, heeled pumps.
Prince William and a pregnant Duchess attended a memorial for soldiers who fought in Afghanistan in April with Kate wearing an elegant Beulah coat.
At Christmas 2014 though, George’s jumper – and that adorable grin – make all the headlines with his official Christmas portrait.
And George is, undoubtedly, the star of the show on the family’s tour Down Under.
Kate Middleton wore a Suzannah Budding Heart Tea Dress for the visit to the Natural History Museum.
George obviously got the Marie Claire memo about dungarees in 2013…
On his first royal tour, George landed in Sydney Australia, where he woiuld have lots of new experiences…
Prince George enjoys some serious playtime on his visit to an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children in Wellington.
Prince George seemed to be Prince William’s biggest fan as the little prince took a sip from Prince William’s water bottle.
Kate Middleton opted for an Alexander McQueen skirt suit at Prince George’s christening in 2013.
Kate Middleton and Prince William couldn’t have looked happier as they posed for their very first official pictures after the birth of their son, Prince George. Testament, perhaps, to quite how differently the royal couple have begun to do things, the intimate snaps were taken by Kate’s father Michael in the safety of their family’s back garden – not, as expected, by a celebrity photographer. It’s thought they took the decision to release their own family photos so as not to disrupt Prince George’s routine, and did so as quickly as possible, to disrupt the market for paparazzi snappers. While some criticised the hazy photographs as ‘technically poor,’ others labelled them ‘charming’. We think they’re gorgeous (2013)
And there’s the man of the moment, baby Prince George.
A few days after his birth, the young Prince George is an offical person s marked by his birth certificate – which naturally managed to grab a few headlines, too.
New mum Kate Middleton holds baby George as she leaves St Mary’s Hosptial in London.
The couple positively beamed as waiting photographers captured the happy couple’s moment with ther newborn son.
We squealed with joy when we got our first glimpse of Kate Middleton in her utterly divine Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. It was an image seen by billions and she did us proud. With the dress, Kate wore a Cartier tiara, which she borrowed from the Queen, made by the top jewelers in 1936. Perfection.
Just moments after Kate Middleton officially became the Duchess of Cambridge, the two stepped out of Westminster Abbey with Wills driving the happy couple up the mall in a Jaguar back to Buckingham Palace where they attended their Wedding Breakfast joined by friends and family and serenaded by Ellie Goulding.