Growing up so fast! On May 1 — just one day before Princess Charlotte's sixth birthday — The Royal Family's Twitter account released a new photo of Kate Middleton and Prince William's only daughter.
"Wishing Princess Charlotte a very happy sixth birthday today," the caption read, adding that Kate took the photo of her tot.
In the picture — which Kate took this past weekend in Norfolk — Charlotte smiles for the camera while wearing a Rachel Riley floral dress with buttons down the front.
Of course, fans couldn't get enough of the sweet snap. One person wrote, "Oh my when did she grow up. Looking beautiful and a good deal like her Grandmother. Lovely just lovely," while another echoed, "She is such a beautiful little Princess! Looking more and more like her dad and grandma Diana. Happy birthday sweet Charlotte."
A third user added, "Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte, you are a beautiful child and you will become a beautiful woman with principles taught by your parents that will guide you through fantastic paths. Love U."
Kate and William didn't post on their social media account, as the dad-of-three is taking part in a social media boycott for four days to encourage social media companies to stop online abuse.
Last year, the pair showed Charlotte participating in charity work amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share four new photographs of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fifth birthday tomorrow,” the palace said at the time. "The photographs were taken in April by the Duchess on the Sandringham estate, where the family helped to pack up and deliver food packages for isolated pensioners."
Kate and William recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29 and uploaded a video of themselves with their kids. In the clip, the family is seen hanging out at the beach and running around outside.
"Because while they fiercely guard their privacy, what they're very good at doing is putting out just enough – photographs and now a video clip of private family time that makes the public feel that they are invested in them and they are getting to see a little bit of that behind the scenes magic," royal expert Roya Nikkhah explained about the short video.