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Princess Charlotte approaches first birthday

Published 29/04/2016

Princess Charlotte with a favourite toy at Anmer Hall in Sandringham in November 2015 (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2015/Kensington Palace/PA)
Princess Charlotte with a favourite toy at Anmer Hall in Sandringham in November 2015 (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2015/Kensington Palace/PA)
Princess Charlotte at her christening
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October 2015 at their London home (Kensington Palace/PA)
The royal family during a short private break skiing in the French Alps, which gave Charlotte her first experience of playing in the snow
Charlotte leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London
Charlotte with her mother on her christening day
Prince George kisses his sister in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2015/Kensington Palace/PA)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn daughter
Princess Charlotte is pushed in her Silver Cross pram as she leaves the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk
Charlotte is held by the Queen in a portrait of the royal great-children and two of the Queen's grandchildren (Annie Leibovitz c2016/PA)
The Duke of Cambridge cuddles Princess Charlotte during a skiing holiday in the French Alps
Charlotte turns one on May 2 ((HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2015/Kensington Palace/PA)
Charlotte's privacy has been carefully guarded by the Cambridges

Princess Charlotte celebrates her first birthday in a few days' time - a young royal who is growing up fast.

Charlotte was introduced to the public on the day of her birth, May 2 2015, and like her older brother the images of the tiny infant were captured by the world's media.

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

The Prince of Wales had said he hoped his new grandchild would be a girl and she seems to have delighted the whole family.

Charlotte's privacy has been carefully guarded by the Cambridges and during the past year she has only been seen in public on one other occasion, her christening.

Big brother George stole her limelight on that day by standing on tiptoe to peer into her pram and chatted to the Queen, who bent down to speak to her great-grandson.

But she has only been seen in a handful of pictures to mark events like six months after her birth, her first Christmas and most recently in a group picture with the Queen's other great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren to mark the monarch's 90th birthday.

Despite appearing in a few official photographs the clothes Charlotte wears have attracted huge attention on social media.

Lauren Greene and Chrissy Diaz blog about the clothes of the young Princess and her brother George on their website princegeorgepieces.com - providing information for the growing fans of William and Kate's children.

Charlotte has been photographed a number of times in floral dresses, matched with cardigans and the royal bloggers believe this repetition is an attempt to stop her becoming the focus of the fashion world - like Kate has become to an extent.

The clothes that are chosen for the Princess to wear are also making a statement far beyond the fashion world.

Ms Diaz believes Kate is making a "commentary on the monarchy" with the clothes picked for her daughter, adding: "While there's a decision to remain fresh there's also a sense of tradition."

The evidence for this the pair say is in the fact the children's look has been drawn from what past members of the royal family have worn, notably the Prince of Wales and William when they were both small children.

With the princess fourth in line to the throne she will be an important figure in the monarchy in the years to come.

In recent decades the siblings of future monarchs - Princess Margaret and Prince Harry - have been more carefree and more likely to break conventions.

But it remains to be seen what type of character the latest edition to the royal family will have.

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