Thursday 17 October 2019

Prince William reveals 'rowdy' party plans for Princess Charlotte's fourth birthday

Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Kensington Palace in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Kensington Palace in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Kensington Palace in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
This photograph taken in the Autumn by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George (right) at Anmer Hall in Norfolk
In this handout image provided by Clarence House, HRH Prince Charles Prince of Wales poses for an official portrait to mark his 70th Birthday in the gardens of Clarence House, with Their Royal Highnesses Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Willliam Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson / Clarence House via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain, October 12, 2018. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS
Princess Charlotte waves on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, in Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS
Princess Charlotte waves as she arrives at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Britain October 12, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS
Flower Girls Princess Charlotte, left and Theodora Williams wave to the crowds following the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain, October 12, 2018. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS

Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge planned a "rowdy" birthday party for his daughter Princess Charlotte who turns four on Thursday, according to an acclaimed children's writer.

William revealed he would be hosting a celebration for his middle child when he made former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson a CBE, during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

Mrs Donaldson said she chatted with the duke about the party and her well-loved book The Gruffalo, which was published 20 years ago.

She said after meeting William: "He said it's his daughter's birthday today and he loves the book. He reads my stories to his children, and he said he was going to have quite a rowdy party - he's got a lot of children (coming)."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent Charlotte hugs and kisses on her special day.

Harry and Meghan, who are awaiting the birth of their own child any day now, replied to a Kensington Palace Instagram post featuring new photographs of the fourth in line to the throne.

Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)

Signing off as "H and M", the couple wrote to their niece: "Happy Birthday Charlotte! Lots of love, H and M xo" - along with emojis of a chocolate birthday cake and a red balloon.

Clarence House also wished the princess a "very Happy Birthday" on Twitter, as did the Royal Family.

Kensington Palace said via Instagram: "Thank you for the lovely messages for Princess Charlotte's fourth birthday!"

Three pictures of Charlotte, taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Kensington Palace and the family's Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, were released to mark the princess turning four on Thursday.

Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk in April to mark her fourth birthday on Thursday May 2nd, 2019. (Photo by the Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)

In the first picture, Charlotte is pictured in a floral summer Betsy dress by Trotters as she sits cross-legged on a patch of grass at the palace.

In the other two images, taken at Anmer Hall, the Queen's great-granddaughter is pictured running and smiling as she holds a flower, and sitting on a fence beaming at the camera.

The youngster, whose full title is Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, was born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington at 8.34am on May 2 2015, weighing 8lb 3oz.

She is the Cambridge's second child and a sister to Prince George and Prince Louis.

Kate, one of the world's most photographed people, often goes behind the lens and has released her own pictures on a number of occasions.

Just last week, the 37-year-old duchess released snaps of her youngest son, Louis, to mark his first birthday.

Kate is a keen and accomplished amateur photographer who has lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society which recognised her "talent and enthusiasm".

She bucked tradition when she took the official photographs of newborn daughter Charlotte in 2015.

The photos of Charlotte showed the young princess being cradled by big brother George at William and Kate's Norfolk home.

Kate, a history of art graduate, has released pictures to mark other milestones in her children's lives, including George and Charlotte's first days at nursery school and Charlotte's first birthday.

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