Princess Charlotte Poses With Orla For Her 7th Birthday! See Photos of Charlotte's Growing Up Years

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge turns seven years old today. Happy birthday!🎂🎈 🎊 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared three adorable photos of Charlotte taken by mom Kate. 

Princess Charlotte appears in a sweet spring vibe, donning a powder blue sweater, relaxing in the garden surrounded with beautiful spring blooms!

The sweet snap shows the little girl with the family dog, Orla! It's the first time that the Cambridges revealed the name of the dog after adopting it last year, following the sad news of the passing of Lupo, the dog they adopted in 2012 while still no kids. 

Just like Lupo who died in November 2020, Orla is an English Cocker Spaniel, and actually a "nephew" of Lupo. And it was revealed also that Orla came to the Cambridges household before Lupo died with the intention that with a new puppy around, Lupo would pick up his sagging energy, but to no avail.
Lupo was nine years old when he died in November 2020

It took more than a year before the Cambridges revealed the name of their new pup. They have not shared any pictures of Orla in public until today. And what a sweet treat because it happens to be Charlotte's seventh birthday!

Princess Charlotte giving us some cool spring vibe for her 7th birthday!

Princess Charlotte's background

She was born Charlotte Diana Elizabeth on May 2, 2015, as the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She is currently fifth in the line of succession to the British throne. 

Interestingly, Princess Charlotte is the first British princess to outrank a younger brother (Prince Louis) in the line of succession. 

Princess Charlotte in 2019 during a family outing

The Succession Law of the United Kingdom was repealed in 2013, adapting the Absolute Primogeniture Law, which allows the eldest child, irrespective of gender, to become the heir-apparent, it took effect in 2015, the year that Charlotte was born, and approximately three years before Prince Louis's birth in 2018.

Prince William brought George and Charlotte to the hospital to see their new brother, Louis

Princess Charlotte was baptized at St. Magdalene Church in Sandringham, on July 5, 2015, the second direct family of the Queen to be christened at the said church after Princess Eugenie in 1990. It was also the baptismal venue of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1961.

Princess Charlotte christening with her brother and  parents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Through a Letter Patent issued by Queen Elizabeth II in December 2012, all children born to the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (which means the Duke of Cambridge), due to his position as direct heir, will carry the title prince and princess with the HRH style. 

Without the Queen's Letter Patent, the George, Charlotte, and Louis would only be known as children of a British Duke with Lord and Lady courtesy titles because Prince Charles is not yet king.

The Duke of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte attending Easter Sunday 2022

Princess Charlotte began her education at the Willococks Nursery School near Kensington Palace. In September 2019, she joined her older brother, Prince George, at Thomas's School in Battersea to begin her preparatory school years. 

Know more about Thomas's School

Thomas's School is a prestigious preparatory school in London, located in Battersea, Kensington. It comes to be seen as a feeder for major British secondary schools like Eton College, Harrow, and Dulwich. 
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanying their two kids to Thomas's School

The school is known for its music and arts programme, and employs a team of chefs to prepare diverse menus for the pupils. which change every three weeks to reflect the change of seasons. 

The menu consists of vegetables, fish, gluten-free food, and dairy options. The meals are nut-free with less sugar and salt. Friday is a meat-free day. 

Apart from George and Charlotte, another royal family member who is currently matriculated at Thomas's School is Maud Windsor, eldest granddaughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and daughter of Lord Frederick Windsor.

The Duchess as the photographer

Kate has been personally taking photographs of her family for official photo releases. For the record, she is the first member of the royal family, apart from Princess Eugenie (who took Princess Beatrice's engagement photo), to take charge of the family's photo sessions.

Before the announcement of her engagement to Prince William in 2010, Kate expressed a keen interest in professional photography and actually took a crash crash course in photography. 

After quitting her first and only job after college, as an Accessory Buyer at Jigsaw, a clothing chain store in London, she worked as a photographer for her parents' party business, "Party Pieces", 

After helping out her parents' business, she moved to Anglesey in Wales to live with Prince William, who by then was serving as a search-and-rescue operation pilot of the Royal Air Force.

The Comfort of Country Living

What we personally love about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's family setup is their choice to raise their children in the countryside. Kate herself expressed her love for a countryside living, having been raised in the countryside of Berkshire herself. 

On the other hand, Prince William grew up with an environmentalist and nature conservationist father, the Prince of Wales, and lived the most part of his childhood in Highgrove, Prince Charles's country home in Gloucestershire.

Their current country home is Anmer Hall, a royal property in the Queen's estate in Sandringham, Norfolk. It was a wedding gift from Her Majesty to the Duke and Duchess in 2011. 

During the pandemic, the Cambridges moved to Anmer Hall and using only their Kensington Palace apartments when attending an event in London. The Duke and Duchess often seen taking a country strolling with their kids on weekends around Norfolk.

We love how they embrace country life and how they advocate the comfort and joy of being in the countryside, enjoying nature, and getting cozy with the environment.

They released photos of their children (to mark their birthdays) frolicking at the seaside or running around the garden, chasing butterflies, hugging a pup, and climbing up fences. It's just pure fun, and simple, and joy. No elaborate details there. Just pure simplicity, and yet there's plenty of happiness. 

Seven Facts About Princess Charlotte 

  • She loves olives!
  • Her family nickname is Lottie (as revealed by mum Kate)
  • She can speak a bit of Spanish, one of their nannies is Ma.Teresa Turrion Borrallo, a Spanish
  • She loves unicorns and pink!
  • She likes to dance and cook according to dad William
  • She likes to play video games according to dad
  • She is the first British princess to outrank a younger brother in the line of succession

Here are some of Princess Charlotte's best snaps taken by the Duchess

Prince George cuddling his one-month old younger sister
Princess Charlotte as six months old preparing for the holiday season in Sandringham
Princess Charlotte at one-year-old, she was photographed walking with the aid of a baby walker filled with blocks, at Anmer Hall's backyard
Princess Charlotte at two! 
Princess Charlotte's first day of school in the nursery, January 2018

Princess Charlotte turns four! She was photographed by her mother playing around the garden and climbing fences at their family home in Anmer Hall, Norfolk
Four-year-old Princess Charlotte looks adorable in this snap comfortably sitting in the manicured grass lawn like a grown-up lady.
Princess Charlotte turns five!
Princess Charlotte at six!

Duchess summarizes motherhood with this photo she took of Charlotte

Just before the pandemic in 2020, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a photo of Princess Charlotte she snapped while the youngster bowed her head to smell the bluebells. Kate summarizes her perspective towards parenting.

She shared her thoughts on instagram: 

"I've got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me, it's moments like that that means so much to me as a parent. I try every day 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" - C

Indeed, it's the simple things in life that really makes a difference. Happy birthday Princess Charlotte!

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