She’s captured our hearts with her cheeky smile and darling personality — so when Princess Charlotte rung in her third birthday on Wednesday, May 2, we all were hoping to get a brand new royal portrait of the royal tot. But alas, the birthday gods weren’t that kind.
Kensington Palace, who rep Charlotte’s parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, instead reposted an old favorite of Princess Charlotte — the iconic image snapped by Kate on Charlotte’s first day of pre-school in January at Willcocks Nursery School in London. “Wishing a happy third birthday to Princess Charlotte — thank you all for your lovely messages!” the sweet snapshot was captioned.
Though many royal fans had hoped for a little more, it turns out there’s a very understandable explanation for why Kate and William decided not to release a brand new image of their birthday girl. Essentially, we’ve already seen quite a lot of Charlotte this year. The toddler most recently stepped out on April 23, just a few days before her birthday, to visit her new baby brother Prince Louis in the hospital. And we’re set to see her in a vital role at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding on May 19, followed by Trooping the Colour in the weeks to come!
While we’re not privy to the personal lives of the Cambridges, we do know it is wonderfully exciting time for the British royal family. Just one day after Queen Elizabeth took the royal helicopter to visit her family’s newest member, her eldest son, Prince Charles, followed suit and visited Prince Louis with his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Following his newest grandon’s birth, Charles shared, “We are both so pleased at the news. It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them!” We can’t wait to see more pictures of adorable Charlotte soon!
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This post was written by Chloe Lal. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.