Happy Birth­day!

The adorable daugh­ter of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge cel­e­brates her sec­ond birth­day on May 2. We mark the oc­ca­sion with our favourite pho­tos of the lit­tle princess who has al­ready notched up one over­seas tour and charmed the world.

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Princess Char­lotte turns two

She’s fourth in line to the Bri­tish throne, but Princess Char­lotte – who cel­e­brates her sec­ond birth­day on May 2 – has never let her royal sta­tus get in the way of be­ing an ex­u­ber­ant tod­dler.

Just like her big brother Ge­orge (three), Char­lotte is full of fun and won hearts in Canada when she trav­elled there on her first of­fi­cial royal tour in Oc­to­ber last year, in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing a play­date where was en­chanted by bal­loons, a bunny and a ser­vice dog called Moose.

The princess is a big fan of an­i­mals, es­pe­cially the fam­ily spaniel, Lupo, who licks her face, steals her rice cakes and knocks her over with his wag­ging tail, but is her best friend.

She also has a ham­ster called Marvin.

With a cheeky older brother, Princess Char­lotte El­iz­a­beth Diana (named af­ter her great-grand­mother and her grandma, the late Princess Diana) has learnt to hold her own and is de­scribed by mum Kate as hav­ing a “feisty” side and be­ing the one who “rules the roost” in the Cam­bridge home.

She’s also a keen horserider, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the Queen, who at 91 still rides of­ten.

With her out­go­ing per­son­al­ity, Char­lotte is likely to thrive at nurs­ery school when she starts later this year af­ter the Cam­bridges’ move from their Nor­folk home to Kens­ing­ton Palace in London. Ge­orge will start prep school at the same time and the pair – who Kate has said have grown very close – will no doubt miss their time to­gether. But they have been lucky to en­joy the tran­quil­lity and “nor­mal” up­bring­ing of their time in the ru­ral idyll of Nor­folk.

As fourth in line to the throne, Char­lotte will be an im­por­tant fig­ure in the monar­chy in the years to come.

In re­cent decades the younger sib­lings of fu­ture monar­chs – such as Princess Mar­garet and Prince Harry – have been more happy-go-lucky and more likely to break con­ven­tions. But it re­mains to be seen what type of char­ac­ter the lit­tlest royal will be. For now, she is happy sim­ply bring­ing a smile to the faces of her ador­ing mum and dad – and the watch­ing world.

Char­lotte ac­com­pa­nied her par­ents, Wil­liam and Kate, and brother Ge­orge on tour to Canada in Septem­ber last year, where the lit­tle princess en­joyed a chil­dren’s party at Canada’s Gov­ern­ment House. She showed her ease around an­i­mals by hap­pily pat­ting a large res­cue dog and was de­lighted with the bal­loon char­ac­ters.

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