Princess Charlotte: New photos released to mark 4th birthday

1 May 2019, 20:10 | Updated: 2 May 2019, 07:05

New photographs of Princess Charlotte have been released to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday.

The three images were taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is a keen photographer, and show her daughter playing outside at Kensington Palace and at Anmer Hall, Kate's home in Norfolk.

In one of the pictures, Charlotte is sitting on the lawn in a pretty blue floral dress, and in the other two, she is seen running around and climbing on a gate in a grey knitted cardigan and tweed skirt.

They all reveal a little girl who is growing up fast.

The last time Charlotte was seen at a public royal event was at Princess Eugenie's wedding in October last year.

William and Kate are known to be very protective of their children's privacy but were said to be "very pleased" to share the photos ahead of their daughter's special day.

It has almost become an annual tradition that their mother takes photos to share on their birthdays, something Kate did for Prince Louis's first birthday on 23 April.

Meanwhile, as the wait continues for the arrival of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, many are wondering if Prince Harry and Meghan's baby will share a birthday with their cousin Charlotte.

An announcement that Harry will visit the Netherlands next week has ramped up the anticipation around the arrival of the royal baby.

The trip, planned for Wednesday and Thursday next week, to mark a year until the next Invictus Games, was revealed by his team at Buckingham Palace as the world eagerly awaits for any news.

With Harry unlikely to want to miss the birth of his son or daughter, it is a further hint that the baby's arrival is imminent.

He would obviously want to spend time with Meghan and their child before getting back to royal duties next Wednesday.

It is understood he very much wants to be part of the launch event marking one year until the games.

But it has also been hinted that the final decision on whether he should go will all rest on whether his wife has given birth.