Duchess Kate released some adorable photos of Charlotte for her first birthday

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Princess Charlotte turns one year old today. It’s crazy that it’s been one year since the Duchess of Cambridge quickly gave birth in the wee hours of the morning, then quickly got up and posed for photos outside of the hospital just a few hours later. Unlike Prince George, we haven’t gotten to see Charlotte out and about in public very much at all. Beyond her big debut as a newborn and the christening, all of the photos of Charlotte have been formal photoshoots by professional photographers or Kate herself. So on Sunday, just ahead of Charlotte’s first birthday, Kate released some new photos of Charlotte which she (Kate) had taken. Charlotte is walking! The Camrbidges’ spokesperson released a statement:

“The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share new photographs of Princess Charlotte. The Duchess took these pictures of her daughter in April at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are happy to be able to share these family moments, ahead of their daughter’s first birthday. We hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as we do.”

[From The Daily Mail]

I definitely see a family resemblance, even though Charlotte and George’s coloring is so different – George looks, to me, just like a brown-eyed version of William. And George has always been super-blonde. Charlotte has had brown hair (like her mom) from the start, but Charlotte has William/Diana’s big blue eyes. I think Charlotte is going to end up looking a lot like Kate, just with William’s eyes.

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Photos courtesy of @KensingtonRoyal.

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  1. Alix says:

    The Middleton is strong with this one. Such a little cutie!

    • Talie says:

      Yes, she looks a lot like Carole.

    • kibbles says:

      I don’t think she look much like her mom’s side. She looks a lot more like Queen Elizabeth and William. The Windsor genes are very strong. Charlotte looks almost exactly like her brother except with brown hair and blue eyes. The facial features are almost the same though.

      • doofus says:

        I, too, see HM QEII. Like, STRONGLY like QE.

        she is a cutie pie.

      • capepopsie says:

        I also see HM QEII !!

      • Original T.C. says:

        +2 @Kibbles

        Me too, she looks exactly like George except with blue eyes and brown hair. If you put their pictures side-by-side at the same age, they look like twins.

      • teacakes says:

        I see QEII/Queen Mum in her too, something about the facial expressions/the way she holds her mouth. That grimace means business!

      • what's inside says:

        I see Her Majesty in Charlotte, but also a tinge of Carole Middleton.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Agreed, I see HRM QEII in this one, adorable!

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, my first thought was she is a mini QEII, even in some of the earliest photos. So adorable.

      • Eleonor says:

        Same here !!! In the photo where she’s walking THE QUEEN.

      • Lyssa says:

        I also see more Windsor than Middleton.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Yes, she looks very much like George, especially in the pic with her in pink looking up. Not quite as much of the Winston Churchill vibe that George had at that age, maybe she’s just leaner.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I echo the Queen look as well.

    • SilkyMalice says:

      All I can see is William!

    • notasugarhere says:

      I see Carole and Pippa, no Windsor or Spencer.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Babydoll. I love her pushing her little cart!

    • L84Tea says:

      I feel the opposite. To me, George is a dead ringer for Kate’s dad and Charlotte is a dead ringer for William as a baby.

      • Esmom says:

        It’s funny how everyone sees something different. I just saw a baby/toddler photo of William that to me looked just like little George.

      • SnarkAttack says:

        Agreed- I totally see George as a little Michael M. I also see Charlotte as a little Carole (with an “e”) – with bits of Spencer and Windsor thrown in for good measure.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Funny, in the first pic of Charlotte, in the chair with the beige (beige!!!) toy dog, I thought “pure Carole M”. But once the snow pics came out, I immediately saw HM. Now, in these pics, I see HM again, except for the last one (in profile); she looks just like George in that one.

      Either way, sweet pics. Such a cutie pie! Whatever you can say about the parents, they make beautiful babies 😊👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

  2. noway says:

    I love the cute baby pics in the morning. She is adorable.

  3. Nancy says:

    Royal flush. She looks just like her brother. Twins..

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Aw, she’s very pretty. I love when a person’s upper lip turns down that way. She doesn’t really remind me of anyone but George.

  5. Jayna says:

    I just want to scoop her up. I love chubby little babies and toddlers. The photos of her are precious.

    She looks just like Kate to me.

    • Esmom says:

      Those legs! In those little blue tights and tiny shoes! My favorite. The photos are precious.

  6. Miss M says:

    Is May 1st also labor’s day in the UK? I am being cynical about the release of these photos one day ahead…

    ps: She is a cutie!

    • Sixer says:

      Yes, but we still call it May Day. Public holiday here today.

    • crtb says:

      Some people can be cynical about almost anything. Enjoyed the beautiful baby pictures and have a wonderful day. Why does everything have to have a hidden agenda. Even if it was done just before Labor Day, Who Cares?

  7. grace says:

    She has William’s nose

  8. paolanqar says:

    Ah she is so cute!
    Both George and Charlotte have very mischevious faces. I bet they will be more than a handful when they’ll grow up!

  9. Jegede says:

    Interesting how perspectives are so different.

    In the second picture of Charlotte I see William.
    In the rest of the pics I see George.

    I don’t see Kate anywhere.
    Lovely eyes.

  10. felixswan2 says:

    I think she looks just like her brother.

  11. Abby says:

    She’s so cute! She looks a lot like George. I see the Queen in her, actually.

  12. Elisa the I. says:

    these are great pics! So Kate is at least a good photographer. :)
    And IMO Charlotte totally looks like George.

  13. Magnoliarose says:

    She’s a little sweet dumpling lovables. Those cheeks beg for kisses. I see George here mostly.

  14. AlmondJoy says:

    Adorable! She looks just like her brother 😍😍😍

  15. vauvert says:

    Well played Do Littles. release photos of adorable children to make us forget – well, pretty much everything else.

  16. lower-case deb says:

    what a cutie-pie!
    i think she has her mother’s eyeshape but with her father’s coloring. those adorable cheeks!

    and did i sight Lupo in the background? pooches and baby smooches!

  17. Tiffany says:

    The wording on their social media page with these photos makes it seems like they are doing people a favor instead of the other way around. The condescending is strong with those two.

  18. Lucy2 says:

    Both of those kids are super cute, and look very much alike.

  19. TeamAwesome says:

    I love the shot with her pushing the rolling blocks cart. It is nice to see an actual little princess mixing it up with an active toy in primary colors!

    I see some resemblance to the Queen, but also to the Queen Mother. I think as she gets older we will see a lot more of the Middleton jawline.

  20. l_invo says:

    Absolutely ordinary child.

  21. Betsy says:

    I realize that I am in the minority, and I usually love babies, but I don’t see anything with the Kate/William babies. And since they’re still children, I’ll leave it at that.

  22. Another Anne says:

    The children are very cute, but why do they always dress them like they’re in a World War II movie? Their clothes could be lifted straight out of those old “Dick and Jane” books.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yes! I always wonder that too!

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. I think that has always been and always will be the Royal style. You can find that stuff at high end baby stores. Someone bought me an outfit like one of George’s fancy ones for one of my sons. I know it must have cost a fortune and I put him in it once to take photos and then it went back in the box, where it still sits 15 years later. It’s not even practical to give away like I did with all his other clothes.

      • doofus says:

        I used to babysit for a little boy whose parents were loaded. the mother, however, came from a working class background and when she got access to $$$, she assumed that THIS is how rich people dress their babies. he had all sorts of little suits with suspenders and fancy white button-down shirts that he’d wear with a little cardigan…it was very cute, but NOT practical for playing outside. she also did the whole “cloth diapers” thing, which was SUCH A PAIN. big, clunky cloth diapers, with huge pins (careful not to stick the baby!) and then giant rubber pants over the diaper. poor kid.

        by the time she had her second, she had learned. disposables, and PLAY clothes for number 2!

    • michelleb says:

      lol
      my very hipster sister-in-law dresses her toddlers like this.

    • Betsy says:

      That’s the one thing I think is adorable about them.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      It looks like Kate is trying to dress her like Princess Estelle. Maybe she thinks she can garner some positive attention by having her look like another Princess that many people love.

  23. Barrett says:

    George’s head shape and very thick hair remind me of his grandfather Michael Middleton. He’s like a cross between William and Pappa Middleton.

    Charlotte I can see different thinks —chubby cheeks like George, something of the queen and definitely see her morphing a bit into her mom, Kate, over time.

  24. notasugarhere says:

    Obvious PR is obvious.

    • Lady D says:

      No kidding. What happened to no papers publishing anything that came from the Cambridge’s social media? I was hoping that particular rumour was true.

  25. Miran says:

    That baby is a near twin of the queen

  26. JustJen says:

    She’s so gorgeous!! But these kind of make me sad thinking about what a great grandmother Diana would have been :(

  27. Darlene says:

    PRECIOUS and ADORABLE!!!!

  28. Feeshalori says:

    It’s hard for me to identify who Charlotte resembles at this point, but she is adorable with those big blue eyes and I like the picture of her scrambling in the chair. And how nice to see Lupo even at a distance, l was wondering where that pooch has been!

  29. MarineTheMachine says:

    She absolutely has the Queen’s facial expression!

  30. MinnFinn says:

    In the smiling pic with her pushing the cart she looks like QEII and even more so like Sarah Chatto.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/04/29/22/0D17462400000578-0-Lady_Sarah_attends_a_Sunday_church_service_to_at_Windsor_Castle_-m-68_1461967025072.jpg

  31. JenB says:

    I may be in the minority on this one but I think she looks like the queen. Something in her eyes and expression. She is a beautiful little girl!
    She strikes me as the calm child while little George will raise and hell and take names, thank you very much!

    • Cupcake says:

      I agree! I see SO much of the Queen in her. IMO this is quite unfortunate. George is so much cuter.

  32. SamiHami says:

    Wow! She looks so much like the queen!

  33. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    She, like all babies, is adorable.

    Sigh. Waiting to be a grandma is going to be tough.

  34. Joannie says:

    Gorgeous little girl!

  35. huh says:

    LMAO!
    Should ‘ve baked a lil longer in the oven

  36. Cee says:

    I see more of William in her features than Kate. She is a cross of both parents, but the Windsor/Spencer genes are stronger right now. Yes, she resembles George, but that is hardly surprising especially since both have big cheeks and small noses.

    Time will tell who she takes after – but I already see many Diana Loons screaming she looks exactly like Diana. Hope they give her a chance to grow into her own person.

    • perplexed says:

      I think they’ll be disappointed if they’re counting on a Diana resemblance. She looks like everyone else, but Diana.

      • mimi says:

        Google pictures of Diana as a toddler and you’ll see Charlotte and Diana don’t resemble at all. As for the QEII resemblance, it’s just not there. The one who looks like the Queen is Lady Louise Wessex and to a lesser extent Anne’s granddaughters.

        On the other hand, I noticed that Charlotte looks very different in pictures taken by Kate than in pictures taken by other photographers (the Christmas card,the Alps vacation and the Leibowitz picture). In Kate’s pictures, Charlotte is obviously photoshopped to the max to make her look like a conventionally cute toddler. In pictures taken by other photographers, Charlotte is the opposite of cute (sorry, I know it’s PC to say all kids are adorable) and her resemblance to Carole Middleton and Pippa is uncanny.

        Both kids take after the Middletons and look nothing like the Windsors or Spencers, despite the fact that George’s hair is bleached( my mom’s a hairdresser and she noticed it first thing) and they dress him up like William.

      • Cee says:

        I agree that George looks more like a Middleton, with his dad’s hair colour. I’m on the fence with Charlotte because she does look different in the photos taken of her. I see a lot of William in her – more so than Kate (except the cheeks!) – her eyes, nose, lips, even some of her expressions are 100% William.

        I don’t see the resemblance to the Queen either. I agree that Lady Louise is the only grandchild who looks like her (probably because Edward looks so much like her). The Philips girls look more like the Queen than Charlotte does.

      • Bess says:

        Does anyone else think George’s hair is bleached?

      • Polly says:

        Lol @ George’s hair is bleached comment. Most ridiculous thing I’ve read in a while. To me, Charlotte looks like William when he was a baby.

      • Snapdragon says:

        I don’t know if it’s bleached but it is a very unusual color.

  37. ClaireB says:

    Most babies are cute, and this one is no exception. It’s easy to look back when kids are older and see their older features in their baby faces, but I can’t see what she might look like now.

    I just hope for her sake that she has the strength of personality to overcome the poor example her parents are setting and learns to be a productive member of society. Same to her brother. Hope Nanny Maria and the under-nannies provide more discipline for these two than William got.

  38. Rae says:

    Plug that baby, plug it.

  39. Cerys says:

    She is much cuter than in previous pictures. Kate has done a good job with these photos. I can see a strong resemblance to George. Have to disagree with those who say she looks like the Queen. Thankfully she does not resemble HM or the rest of the windsors.

  40. SandrainPA says:

    There is something about her mouth when she smiles that isn’t pretty.

  41. OSTONE says:

    To me, all I see is Queen Elizabeth.

  42. TotallyBiased says:

    Too many recent Honks for Harry–had to do something drastic after that Mic Drop vid war w/Michelle and her M!

  43. Thanks for the charming photos, the baby looks like William.

  44. Guesto says:

    She’s like a mini-Queen. The windsor genes are powerful in this child.

  45. iheartgossip says:

    What an adorable little princess.

  46. TyrantDestroyed says:

    Beautiful kids. I hope their parents are able to educate then and raise then with the sense of duty and sensibility expected when you are born into this kind of environment.

    • Betsy says:

      You’re silly. “Sense of duty” by these two?

      (Which is not meant to be an insult to you, by the way.)

    • TyrantDestroyed says:

      I was trying to sound hopeful and positive for this new generation :(

  47. Citresse says:

    W&K release photos of their children, always on weekends. I remember with George and now Charlotte. It’s not a coincidence. They prefer releasing images and other news on sundays. Wasn’t the last photo (the Cambridges in the Alps) released on a weekend too?

  48. sequinedheart says:

    Those are sweet photographs. I just wish they would stop with the 1940′s fashion. There’s kitschy and then there’s overkill.

    • justme says:

      What 1940s? She is wearing a couple of cute little dresses and cardigans. I dressed my daughter that way in the late 1990s. It’s just classic children’s clothing. And she looks adorable. Why does classic children’s clothing offend so many people? The clothes are not uncomfortable, nor do they restrict the children.

  49. KBeth says:

    Pretty baby.

  50. rosiek says:

    These threads always make me laugh because there is so much speculation. Charlotte resembles— HM, William, the Windsors, Carole M, Pippa M, Sarah Chatto, and the late Queen Mother !! Ask 10 people for their opinion, and you will get 10 different answers.

  51. Dlo says:

    How do you close this out?

  52. juliapan says:

    she looks like grand mother !!!

  53. eve says:

    shes a princess and dianas granddaughter, apart from that shes just too plain/ordinary looking!!!