Kate Middleton took Princess Charlotte to a special viewing of The Nutcracker

Such a sweet festive treat for the young royal!

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed some quality mother-and-daughter bonding time with Princess Charlotte after the pair were spotted at Royal Opera House last week. In a newly surfaced social media picture, Kate could be seen taking her little girl to a special viewing of The Nutcracker on Thursday. She spent time chatting to fellow guests, whilst Charlotte patiently held onto her hand. The viewing comes one year after the mum-of-three - who was expecting Prince Louis at the time - was spotted at the evening performance of the same show, just hours after the Queen's annual pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.

Princess Charlotte with her mother Kate at the royal wedding in May

The outing seems fitting for three-year-old Charlotte, who has already developed a fondness for dance. During a previous chat with English National Ballet director Tamara Rojo about Princess Diana's passion for dancing, Kate said of her daughter: "She absolutely loves it." Prince William went on to open up about Diana's "fantastic" dancing, saying: "She loved dancing, she was a fantastic dancer. We've been going through her music collection recently and there's some quite eclectic stuff in there. She was elated by the skill."

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Elsewhere, Charlotte's older brother Prince George has been brushing up on his ballet skills while at school. This year at Thomas's Battersea for Year One, the five-year-old has to take part in weekly ballet lessons. A specialist teacher conducts one 35 minute lesson per week and each class is accompanied by a live pianist - which sounds pretty impressive! In October, Prince William revealed how much his five-year-old son was enjoying his dance classes. Speaking to a young dancer called Junior at Kensington Palace, the royal shared: "George is doing dancing as well, he loves it." He added: "My mother always used to dance, she loved dancing."

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