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Princess Charlotte is spitting image of mum Kate in newly released pictures

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Princess Charlotte was last seen when she was just a baby in her mother's arms as a proud Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, carried her adorable little girl during her christening.And as an early Christmas present, Kate turned photographer in early November to capture her little baby and show how much she has blossomed into a little girl in the last five months.


Prince William and Kate have released new pictures of daughter Princess Charlotte

With Kate's thick, dark hair, huge blue eyes and long dark lashes, Charlotte looks all grown up as she is seen for the first time since we last saw her back in July.The beautiful Princess is dressed in a delicately patterned floral dress with frilly collar, a pink cardigan and pale-pink tights.

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Princess Charlotte playing with a cuddly toy dog

The gorgeous photos were released as six-month-old Charlotte, looks forward to spending her first Christmas with big brother Prince George.And as the Duke of Cambridge recently commented on a trip to Cambridge Univesity she looks very "lady like".

Kate captured the images at the family's country pile Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. A keen photographer, Kate decided to take the candid snaps herself rather than ask a professional – just as she did shortly after Charlotte's birth in April.

Releasing the photos on the royal's official Twitter handle, Kensington Palace wrote: "The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."

Speaking about her children recently, Kate said that both George, two, and six-month-old Charlotte were "doing really well.

"Chatting at a charity event, she revealed that George loves helicopters and is looking forward to the festive season. "George will be starting to talk about Christmas soon," she said. "Charlotte is getting bigger and getting on well with her noisy big brother."

As the royal siblings get older it seems they are both developing distinctly different personalities. The Duke of Cambridge recently told how his son is "lively" while his daughter is "ladylike.

"He made similar comments soon after Charlotte's birth, when he said: "It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He's a little monkey.

"But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I'm very proud of her."

Like any toddler, George appears to love chasing pigeons. On a visit to the Natural History Museum Kate explained that her son was more interested in the birds outside than the exhibits. She also revealed that he loves insects – especially ladybirds.

Meanwhile Charlotte appears to be every bit as angelic as she looks. Prince Charles confided that she was already sleeping through the night at just two months old.

As William and Kate strive to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible, they have made 10-bedroom Anmer Hall, which lies on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, their main home.

Kate recently told members of a Scout group that she wanted to sign George up for the Scouts and Charlotte for the Rainbows, the youngest Girl Guide group.