New photo of Princess Charlotte released ahead of birthday

A new family photo of Princess Charlotte - the youngest child of Britain's Prince William and Duchess Kate - was released Monday to mark her second birthday.

A statement from Kensington Palace read: 'The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do'.

Princess Charlotte is expected to make headlines again later this month as a bridesmaid at her aunt Pippa Middleton's wedding.

Princess Charlotte stole hearts on the Duke and Duchess's tour of Canada last autumn when she was seen a number of times, including at a children's tea party in Victoria, British Colombia.

Yes, Kensington Palace earlier today tweeted a photograph of the toddler princess and we have to say it's just gorgeous.

The photograph was taken by Kate Middleton in April at their home in Norfolk, England.

According to BBC, the Royal Family will host a birthday celebration for the little princess, which seems like a great idea considering how much she loves balloons.

It looks as though the duchess may have handed her daughter a picture book in order to keep her sweet while she poses for the picture, the Daily Mail reports. She's dressed in what has become "Charlotte style", in a cardigan sweater in yellow decorated with blue sheep, over a blouse or a dress with a Peter Pan collar.

Are we the only ones who can not believe Princess Charlotte is already two years old?

The baby princess was first photographed on the day of her birth - May 2, 2015 - when the Duchess held her daughter outside the private maternity wing of St Mary's hospital in central London, where the princess was delivered. And Prince George's cheeky counterpart has grown into one adorable little girl.

The family has lived at Anmer for the past two years but plan to return to London in the summer once William has finished working as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot.

He will start school in September.

  • Salvatore Jensen