British Royal Family

As pretty as a Princess: The Royal Family release a stunning new photo of Charlotte

This perfectly poised princess is celebrating her biggest milestone yet - and there's a brand new photo to mark the exciting occasion!

By Bella Brennan
And Prince George's cheeky counterpart has grown into one adorable little girl.
On the eve of her birthday, Kensington Palace have shared a heart-melting new photo of the Princess - and she's grown up so much since we last saw her!
In the pic, which was captured by keen photographer Duchess Catherine, a chubby-cheeked Charlotte grins for the camera in a yellow cardigan among bales of hay at their Anmer Hall estate.
Her shiny chestnut locks are coiffed to the side with a navy blue bow as she plays with a toy in her hands.

Taking the opportunity to thank well-wishers, the birthday portrait was accompanied with a message from the Cambridges.
"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 statement read.
According to her proud parents, their "extremely chatty" daughter certainly keeps them on their toes.
"She is very cute but has quite a feisty side. George has turned out to be a lovely little boy. I hope he will keep Charlotte in order," Duchess Catherine recently revealed.
Insiders tell Woman's Day Charlotte is one of "the happiest royal tots in British history" - and her idyllic upbringing is all thanks to her mum and dad.
"They’ve got everything any child could ever want and – unusually for the Windsors – they’ve got two parents who completely and utterly dote on them,” the palace insider explained.
When it comes to raising their daughter, Prince William says there's one trait they're working hard to instil.
"Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings," he told CALMzine last month.
Growing up before our eyes, Charlotte's first two years have been jam-packed with family outings and royally sweet moments.
Last year, she won hearts across the globe when she joined her parents on their royal tour of Canada and spoke her first public words ("pop" no less) at a children's party.
She also made her Trooping the Colour balcony debut and showed off her impressive walking skills when she attended church with her loved ones on Christmas Day at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
While we haven't seen the fourth in line to the throne since December, this year is set to be huge for Charlotte as she will play a starring role in aunt Pippa's wedding next month and move from Anmer Hall in Norfolk back to Kensington Palace in London, before starting nursery school in the not too distant future.
The Mirror report the Cambridges will throw a low-key birthday party for their daughter at Anmer Hall.
As the youngest member of the royal family turns two, check out Princess Charlotte's cutest moments!

Mummy and me

The last time we saw Princess Charlotte was on Christmas Day when she attended a service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The duo opted for a coordinating mother-daughter look with maroon hues.

Back to where it all began

The world welcomes the perfect princess.
Her parents introduced their newborn daughter on the steps of St Mary's hospital in London.

A Princess is christened

The fourth in line to the throne was christened at St Mary's Magdalene Church on July 5, 2015.

Prince George plays big brother

These were the first official photos the palace released of Princess Charlotte, which were taken by Duchess Catherine.
And Prince George is clearly a natural big brother.

The Cambridges hit the snow

Have you ever seen a cuter family photo?!
“Charlotte is very easy, she is sweet,” the royal father has said of his daughter.

Princess Charlotte's first birthday

To mark her first birthday last year, Duchess Catherine captured these stunning pics.
The photos were taken in April, 2016 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Seriously, those eyes are just divine.
We can't wait to see how much she's grown for her second birthday portraits.

She knows how to show off her cheeky side

Who could forget when the cutie befriended a dog called Moose at a children's party at Government House in Victoria, Canada.
The beautiful Princess had the crowd in stitches when she decided to sit on him.
Catch me if you can!
Jacket on or off?

Princess Charlotte's first royal tour

Joining her mum, dad and big brother of her first ever royal tour of Canada last September proved to be a total success.
Kate shows her bub how to wave.
While their parents travelled across the country, Charlotte and George's base was at Government House in Victoria, Canada.
You're never too young to stop and smell the roses, right Charlotte?
Insiders tell Woman's Day Charlotte is one of "the happiest royal tots in British history."

Stealing the show at Trooping the Colour, 2016

Joining her Gan-Gan, the gorgeous little girl was enchanted by the fly-pass.
Happy birthday Charlotte...
You're truly something special!

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