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The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria, Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria, Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria, Canada

“She has got quite a feisty side,” according to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte is about to celebrate her second birthday.

The past year has seen the royal youngster undertake her first overseas royal tour, develop a love of horses and say her first public words.

The Queen’s birthday

Shortly after turning one, Charlotte helped celebrate her great-grandmother’s official 90th birthday, making her debut on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Colour parade in June.

Carried by the Duchess of Cambridge, Charlotte, dressed in a pale pink dress with a pink bow clip in her hair, pointed as she spotted the crowds of well-wishers.

Kate revealed a little about her daughter’s nature at a Guildhall reception, telling a guest: “She is very cute, but she has got quite a feisty side.”

Canada travels

The Cambridges charmed Canada in September when the Duke of Cambridge, Kate, Charlotte and big brother Prince George carried out their first official overseas tour as a family of four.

Highlights included a children’s tea party where Charlotte was heard saying her first public words including “Pop” and “Dada”.

Love of horses

Kate told Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians at a palace reception that Charlotte has inherited a very royal trait, a love of horses.

Equestrian gold medallist Natasha Baker said: “She emphasised that Charlotte has this passion about horses, and although she doesn’t echo it, she’ll do her best to champion and encourage it.”

Teaching William a thing or two

In an interview with a Vietnamese chat show in November, the Duke admitted: “Bearing in mind I haven’t had a sister so having a daughter is a very different dynamic. So I’m learning about having a daughter, having a girl in the family.”

The Duke is already thinking about her 25th birthday

William is a vociferous critic of poaching and voiced fears the African elephant may disappear from the wild as the Princess hits her mid-twenties.

“By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year, the numbers of savannah elephants had crashed to just 350,000,” he told campaigners in September.

“And at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25 the African elephant will be gone from the wild.”

Surprising Ben Affleck

Actor Ben Affleck admitted he did not even spot Charlotte and George, when his own child started playing with them at an indoor park.

“I noticed this weird vibe from the other grown-ups,” he told the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show. “They were all very well dressed and they had earpieces and I thought, ‘For a kids’ place this is tight security’.

“I was the very last person to realise that Prince George and Princess Charlotte were in there playing with my kid.”

Christmas Day appearance

Charlotte has not been seen in public for more than four months as William and Kate keep to their pledge to allow their children to grow up away from the media.

The princess last made an appearance dressed in a smart navy coat and red tights on Christmas Day when she went to church with William, Kate, George and the Middletons.

She’s learning to be kind and talk about her feelings

Kate told a school assembly during a visit in February: “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.

“That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.”

When William promoted the Heads Together drive to end the stigma surrounding mental health last week, he called for an end to the “stiff upper lip” culture, saying he wanted George and Charlotte to be able to talk about their feelings and emotions.


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