British Royal Family

She's a royal wonder: Princess Charlotte turns 3

Charlotte has grown into a confident and poised little princess!

By Bella Brennan
On May the 2nd this week, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge will officially be three years old.
And Prince George's cheeky counterpart is not only ringing in a milestone birthday, this year it will be extra special as the Cambridge clan will get to celebrate the occasion with their newest family member, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, who was born on April 23rd.
It was during Princess Charlotte and Prince George's trip to the hospital to meet their baby brother last week that world was given a glimpse of just how outgoing the young princess has become when she tired out her sweet royal wave.
While she might not be the direct heir to the throne when it comes to family dynamics, The Queen says her great-granddaughter is very much in charge - and she especially loves to boss her four-year-old big brother George around.
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 has said of her only daughter.

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," a 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 year.
Growing up before our eyes, Charlotte's first three years have been jam-packed with family outings and royally sweet moments.
In 2016, 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.
And who could forget her starring role at aunt Pippa's wedding as a bridesmaid last May?
In January, Charlotte started the first chapter of her education at Willcocks Nursery School in London and the palace released a set of stunning photos to mark the occasion.
2018 year is set to be huge for Charlotte as she not only learns to be a big sister, we'll hopefully see her in some capacity at Uncle Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle this month.
As Princess Charlotte turns three, check out her cutest moments!

Mummy and me

Princess Charlotte and Duchess Catherine on Christmas Day 2016, 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 her third 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

Charlotte and George were the main attraction in 2017.
Joining her Gan-Gan, the gorgeous little girl was enchanted by the fly-pass in 2016.
Happy birthday Charlotte...

Queen of the classroom

There were no tears for this tiny royal on her first day of pre-school in January at Willcocks Nursery School in London.
Watch out world, here comes Princess Charlotte!

Reporting for big sister duty

She's a natural-born royal with the wave down pat!
George and Charlotte will make the best older siblings to little Louis.
Happy birthday!
You're truly something special!