Princess Charlotte turns 9! See the sweet photo from her parents to mark the occasion

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The Prince and Princess of Wales released a photo of Princess Charlotte to mark her ninth birthday on Thursday May 2. It has not been verified by CNN.


A photograph of a beaming Princess Charlotte has been released by the Prince and Princess of Wales to mark her ninth birthday.

The celebratory snap was posted to the couple’s official social media accounts on Thursday with a thank you note “for all the kind messages today.” The photo is attributed to Catherine, Princess of Wales, and was taken in recent days in Windsor.

It’s the second photo in as many weeks from the Welsh, who last week celebrated the sixth birthday of their youngest son, Prince Louis. Prince William and Kate have made it a tradition to publish portraits of their children each year on their birthdays.

This is the second instance where we have seen a change in the publication of photography from Wales. Previously, Kensington Palace sent the portrait to the media under embargo so that the press could prepare for its release. After the furore over Kate’s recent Mother’s Day photo, which was revealed to have been digitally altered, the palace’s publishing process has adjusted. The new photo has not been verified by CNN.

Kensington Palace appears to be taking back some of the control and narrative by only posting on social accounts that day, aware that any lack of honesty or feeling of inauthenticity will spark all sorts of conspiracy theories, as was the case last time times.

It’s been a difficult start to 2024 for the British royal family. Kate has been away from public duties since Christmas and is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Princess Charlotte was last seen in public during the British royal family’s traditional Christmas walk to the Sandringham Estate church in Norfolk. The nine-year-old was also seen earlier in December alongside her parents and siblings at her mother’s annual Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey in London.

During a visit to a school in the UK’s West Midlands last week, Charlotte’s father Prince William shared his favorite joke with pupils at St Michael’s Church of England High School: a ‘knock knock’ gag involving an interrupting cow.

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The late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pose with seven of their great-grandchildren in this photo taken in 2018. The children, from left, are Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. .

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The Prince and Princess of Wales released a photo of Princess Charlotte to mark her ninth birthday on Thursday May 2.

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Prince George, the eldest son of William and Kate, attends a church service on Christmas Day in 2019. George is second in line to the British throne, behind his father.

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US President Barack Obama speaks with Prince George during his visit to Kensington Palace in 2016.

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Prince George was born in London on July 22, 2013. He is the first of three children of William and Kate.

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Princess Charlotte, William and Catherine’s middle child, is seen in this photo posted on May 1, 2021, a day before her sixth birthday. She is third in line to the British throne, behind her brother Prince George.

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Princess Charlotte playfully sticks her tongue out while attending a King’s Cup regatta with her mother in 2019.

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Kate holds newborn Princess Charlotte as she speaks to the media outside a London hospital in 2015.

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This photo of Prince Louis, taken by his mother Kate, was released on April 23, 2024 to celebrate his 6th birthday. Louis is fourth in line to the throne.

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Prince Louis, William and Kate’s youngest son, rides a bike before leaving for his first day of preschool in April 2021.

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William and Catherine leave the hospital with Prince Louis after his birth in 2018.

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visit South Africa with their son, Prince Archie, in 2019. Archie is sixth in line to the throne, just behind his father.

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Prince Archie of Sussex was born in May 2019.

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Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, hold their newborn son, August, in February 2021. August is 12th in line to the throne, behind his mother, his aunt Princess Beatrice and her daughter, Sienna, and his grand- father, Prince Andrew.

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The Queen’s son, Prince Edward, poses with his son, James, Earl of Wessex, in September 2020. Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, have two children: James and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

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Louise is currently 16th in line to the throne.

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Cousins ​​Mia Tindall, left, and Savannah Phillips attend Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018. Mia and Savannah are two grandchildren of the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne. Mia is one of three children of Mike and Zara Tindall. Savannah is one of two children of Peter and Autumn Phillips.

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Isla Phillips, Savannah’s sister, plays on an inflatable slide at a festival in 2018.

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Mia Tindall attends the Gatcombe Horse Trials in March 2019.

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Zara Tindall’s younger daughter, Lena, is seen in 2019. Zara gave birth to another child, Lucas, in March 2021.

Charlotte is third in line to the throne, after her father and older brother Prince George. And while she may be one of the youngest members of the family, her mother revealed in 2017 that she’s “the one in charge.”

Royal watchers may remember a clip of Charlotte at the state funeral of her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2022, where she appeared to remind her older brother George to bow as the coffin of the late monarch passed them in front of Wellington Arch. She was also spotted at a previous Trooping the Color parade in London, stopping her younger brother, Prince Louis, from perhaps waving a little too enthusiastically to the crowd as their carriage passed by.


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