Princess Charlotte is the second eldest of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s three children. On Thursday, the three-year-old will celebrate her fourth birthday. In order to enjoy her childhood, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made the understandable decision to ensure the young royal gets as much privacy as possible. Therefore, the princess does not join her parents on some of the royal events they attend and there are limited photos of the tot out there.
So, when will the world next get to see Princess Charlotte?
It may be on Thursday, as Kate, 37, and Prince William, 36, may choose to release a capture of the little one.
The couple shared some snaps of Prince Louis last week, in celebration of his first birthday.
Where members of the public can buy the outfits worn by the young prince has been revealed.
Kate, a keen photographer, took the captures.
She has chosen to release her own photos of the royal children to the world a number of times before.
Yesterday, Kate and Prince William marked their eighth wedding anniversary.
The couple tied the knot back in 2011 at Westminster Abbey, London.
How did Kate’s wedding dress shape the future?
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
The gown was admired by royal fans and fashion experts from across the world.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, a number of couture wedding dress designers have spoken about how the design impacted trends for future wedding dresses.
Couture wedding dress designer and wedding blogger for Magpie Wedding Stephanie Moran explained: “Kate’s dress set a trend both within the wedding industry and fashion industry for a more chic, sleek and modern look – whilst staying traditional and classic – it was the perfect look for a true regal wedding and it paved the way for the simple dress to really make a less is more statement.”
Terry Fox, who has previously worked with Zandra Rhodes and the Emmanuels, after they designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress, also spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk.
The couture wedding dress designer pointed out similarities between Kate’s dress and that of her later mother-in-law’s, Princess Diana.
They “both created a huge refreshing change in the design of bridal wear trends, instantly,” the expert said.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.