Kate Middleton shares charming pictures of Princess Charlotte in her Norfolk nursery to celebrate the royal baby's first birthday
If there was ever any doubt that Princess Charlotte is the cutest of all the royals then these gorgeous pictures taken by the Duchess of Cambridge have certainly put paid to that.
The four new photos were shared by the royal couple through the Kensington Palace twitter feed to celebrate Princess Charlotte’s 1st birthday – and it is only the third time the young princess has been seen in public.
The photos show Princess Charlotte smiling as she toddles along with her wooden walker at Will and Kate’s Norfolk home Amner Hall and pulling herself up onto chairs in her pretty nursery.
“The Duke and Duchess are happy to be able to share these family moments, ahead of their daughter’s first birthday,” said a comment accompanying the pictures. “We hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as we do.”
As she looks directly to the camera, and her mum behind the lens, she bears a startling resemblance to her older brother Prince George.
Although she’s only just turned one, the young Princess has received lavish gifts from 64 countries around the world including a silver rattle from the President of Mexico and his wife, hand-knitted booties, cards and books.
For her birthday Prime Minister David Cameron gave her a book of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales while the Obamas made sure that they didn’t turn up empty handed when the visited the royal couple’s Kensington apartment, gifting a jigsaw puzzle and a soft toy version of their Portuguese Water Dog, Bo.
The Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper sent Charlotte a snowsuit and made a £55,000 donation in her name to the Immunise Canada, while gifts were also received from world leaders in Chine, Australia, New Zealand and Bhutan.
Perhaps the most practical of all of her presents was a set of biodegradable nappies gifted by her aunty Pippa Middleton. Kate Middleton’s sister spent £4 each on the eco-friendly products, which are made of natural mull cloth.
The palace shared a statement saying “the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are incredibly grateful for all the letters, gifts and good wishes they have been fortunate to receive in the year since Princess Charlotte was born.”
Get the look: Princess Charlotte’s Norfolk nursery
As cute as Princess Charlotte is we also couldn’t help but notice the beautiful details of the royal nursery. Our Shopping Editor Tamara Kelley has found some of the perfect pieces to get the look in your own home…
Brighten up a bed or small sofa with the addition of colourful cushions. This decorative design is perfect for introducing some fun pattern, featuring a patchwork of polka dots, flowers and pretty crochet detail in pastel shades.
Flower Cushion, £22, Mamas & Papas
A sofa bed is a sensible buy for a nursery. The design provides you with comfortable sofa for seating during the daytime, that easily transforms into a bed to allow a restful nights slumber if required.
Padstow Fabric 2 Seater Sofa Bed in Marquee Natural Stripe, £1,500, Laura Ashley
Encourage first steps with a traditional wooden walker. Made with weighted handle bar to keep them reassuringly steady, this charming design also has plenty of fun learning elements to play with too, including shaped blocks and a mini xylophone.
Baby Walker, £60, Great Little Trading Company
Give little bottoms the best seat in the house with an adorable children’s armchair. This classic rattan style oozes rustic charm, the perfect accessory to add a chic touch to a nursery. The grey washed finish isa great neutralshade, which you can then accessorise using accents of bold blue, pink or yellow throws and cushions.
Wicker Valley Children’s Armchair, £66.99, Wayfair
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Share the story of the Teddies on their way to Teddy Town with your own little princes and princesses. An adventure story makes for perfect bedtime reading, sure to set little imaginations off to the land of nod for sweet dreams.
The Wheels On The Bus book, £6.99, John Lewis
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What could be better to mark a first birthday than a personalised rocking chair? Decorated with a regal crown design, you can add the name of your choice by engraving the backrest with up to 12 characters. Crafted from solid pine, this design is as sturdy as it is comfortable for little ones to gentle rock to their hearts content.
My 1st Years Personalised Rocking Chair, £55, John Lewis