Today new photos of Princess Charlotte were released to commemorate her fifth birthday tomorrow.
The photographs were taken in April by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the Sandringham Estate as the family helped deliver food packages for isolated pensioners in the local area. Hannah Furness reports in The Telegraph the family made fresh pasta this week that was included in the care packages.
More from Hannah’s story:
In one [picture], she is clutching a clear bag full of fresh pasta, homemade by the Cambridge family over several hours the day before and tied with a rustic straw ribbon.
The Duke, Duchess, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are all understood to have gone out on food deliveries this week, with a van from the Sandringham Estate.
Despite the pouring rain, the family provided a meals-on-wheels service to surprised locals over around two-and-a-half hours, making sure to practice social distancing while surprising isolated pensioners by saying hello.
The Telegraph story also notes “The housekeeping team at Balmoral have been making facemasks and laundry bags for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. At Windsor Castle, residents have been making scrubs, washbags, headbands and scrub hats for NHS staff at various hospitals, including nearby Frimley Park.”
A headshot really shows how much Charlotte is growing up!
UPDATE MAY 2 A fifth photo was released today.
Here is a look at Charlotte and her brother in their fifth birthday photos.
A refresher on last year’s birthday photos.
And the princess over the years in her official pictures. (The third birthday picture is from January 2018 when Charlotte started nursery school; that was the image released by Kensington Palace on social media May .)
This year we saw the Princess at quite a few events, starting shortly after her fourth birthday last May when all three Cambridge children previewed the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Charlotte and George enjoying the stream running through the garden.
Not too long after this, we saw the Princess and her brothers at 2019’s Trooping the Colour events. Below, inside Buckingham Palace as they watched all the goings-on before the flypast.
Another shot of the young royals.
And then outside on the balcony.
Kate and Charlotte looking at the planes approaching the palace.
The Princess is now an old hand at the event; this was her fourth year on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony. Below, a little wave.
This was one of my favorites, the Princess with her arms wide open, looking at the sky.
Some of her myriad expressions from the day.
Not long after this, in July, Charlotte joined her mother and brothers to watch a polo match.
The children all looked like they had a good time.
Charlotte and George spent time practicing their football skills.
And enjoyed a picnic lunch.
Another photo from that day was shared on Twitter in honor of Prince George’s birthday. You can see Charlotte smiling as she gazed at Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the former Irish Guards mascot.
We saw Princess Charlotte again in early August when she watched the King’s Cup in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
She and Prince George initially watched the racing from a boat in the Solent (a strait separating the Isle of Wight from England’s mainland) but then joined their parents after the race. You can just see grandmother Carole Middleton at the top of this frame.
The Duchess and her daughter.
At the beginning of September, Princess Charlotte joined her older brother at school; the children attend Thomas’s Battersea school in West London. This was a significant change for Charlotte as she made a move from Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington to a ‘big school’ with formal classes.
In a few photos, Charlotte looked like she might have been feeling just a little shy.
Another view of Charlotte on the big day.
Wearing her navy and red school uniform, she held tightly to her mother’s hand when initially arriving.
Here you see her as she was welcomed by Helen Haslem, head of the Lower School.
Kensington Palace shared a quick video of the royals arriving for the first day of classes.
Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea, joining her older brother Prince George. ✏️📚🏫 pic.twitter.com/8l63WEjzcw
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 5, 2019
An official photo marking the occasion was released.
In October, the Cambridges took George and Charlotte to a football match. You can just see the Princess in front of the gentleman wearing a suit.
A Telegraph story noted that “…Princess Charlotte sat on her mother’s lap as the Duchess appeared to explain the rules.”
I’m not sure if Charlotte was cheering here or not.
This was as the family was leaving the match, I believe.
The holidays brought a new family photo, a black and white shot taken by Kate in the autumn, and used for the Cambridge family Christmas card. Charlotte looked darling with her hands on Prince Louis’s shoulders.
A different photo was seen on another holiday card the family used last Christmas that was shared on Twitter by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, CBE, Commandant of the Air Cadets. The Duchess is Royal Patron of the Cadets.
Of course, the holidays also meant seeing the Cambridges and other royals as they arrived at Buckingham Palace for HM’s annual Christmas luncheon.
This view is as the royals departed from the Palace.
And for the first time this Christmas, both Princess Charlotte, and Prince George joined the traditional walk to church.
So we were treated to lots of photos of the young Cambridges.
The Princess shaking hands.
Princess Anne, Princess Charlotte, and the Duchess.
Charlotte greeting well-wishers waiting to see the royals.
A mother-daughter moment.
In her first podcast this February, Kate spoke about a picture she took of her daughter that she is particularly fond of.
I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent, and I try everyday to put moments like that in even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time… but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do.
For Mother’s Day this year, the Duke and Duchess shared a special message on social media: “To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart – we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Happy Mother’s Day.” The post included a previously unreleased picture of Kate, William, Charlotte, and George enjoying themselves outdoors.
It was an older photo taken by photographer Matt Porteous at the same time the family’s 2018 Christmas card picture was shot.
More recently, we have seen all three children taking part in some of the Clap For Our Carers events on Thursday nights.
Kensington Palace released a video at the end of March when the Cambridges took part in the very first Clap For Our Carers.
We saw the entire Cambridge family just last week when they participated in the weekly event as part of a skit Prince William did on the BBC’s Big Night In, a fundraiser for charities. Five years ago tomorrow we first met the princess.
The Duchess wore a buttercup yellow Jenny Packham dress to introduce the princess to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing.
What a treat to see her growing up these past five years!