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Kate and William release Kate's candid birthday princess photos

By Tony Jones

A new picture of Princess Charlotte enjoying the outdoors, taken by her mother, has been released as part of her second birthday celebrations.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “delighted” to share the photograph to mark their only daughter’s special day.

The Cambridges have followed a trend they set with their daughter’s first birthday by giving royal fans a new image of the toddler princess.

She is pictured at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, wearing a yellow cardigan decorated with images of sheep, and sporting a navy clip in her hair.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte’s second birthday. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.”

Charlotte’s privacy has been carefully guarded by her parents, and during the past year she has only been seen in public on a handful of occasions.

She made an appearance on Christmas Day, when she was taken to a church service close to the home of her grandparents, Carole and Michael Middleton, in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

Charlotte was pictured in the arms of the duchess when the royal party arrived at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, with older brother Prince George holding the duke’s hand as they walked in. When they left, the royal children were clutching candy canes.

Charlotte’s first birthday was marked with the release of four official photographs by her parents.

But the young royal was first photographed on the day of her birth — May 2, 2015 — when Kate held her daughter outside the private maternity wing of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, central London, where the princess was delivered.

She was named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in tribute to her grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great-grandmother, the Queen.

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