It's a very special day for Princess Charlotte who is celebrating her eighth birthday.
Two days later, her proud parents announced her name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, with her middle names in tribute to her great-grandmother, the Queen and her paternal late grandmother, Princess Diana.
So how will Charlotte be spending her eighth birthday – which falls just four days before her grandfather King Charles's coronation?
Charlotte is most likely to be spending the day at school, as usual, having enjoyed an early birthday treat at the weekend.
The siblings started at the school in September 2022 after relocating from Thomas's Battersea and have settled in well with their new class mates. See them arrive for their very first day at Lambrook here...
While William and Kate will no doubt make Charlotte’s birthday one to remember, they are also likely keen to keep her routine – even more so since there will be intense media focus on their children on Saturday.
No doubt Kate made a special birthday cake for Charlotte – something of a tradition in their family home – and the Princess enjoyed a very special outing at the weekend with her mother, Kate.
According to audience members at the Royal Opera House on Saturday evening, the Princess of Wales took her daughter to watch The Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada's performance of Cinderella.
Twitter user Barbara Davies confirmed the royal's surprise attendance. "First visit to @TheRoyalOpera in @CoventGardenLDN to see #Cinderella. Wonderful ballet with fabulous performances by a great cast. And who should be in the audience? The Princess of Wales with Princess Charlotte and her friends."
In a video shared by a royal fan account @catherinemiddletonofwales on Instagram, Princess Charlotte was seen taking to the stage at the end of the ballet, joining the dancers for photographs and waving an illuminated star wand as she pranced across the stage.
Charlotte and her siblings will all have roles at their grandfather’s coronation on Saturday.
It’s thought that the Princess and her younger brother Louis will take part in the coronation procession from Westminster Abbey on 6 May.
Prince George has been given the honour of acting as one of Charles’s pages, and, according to the Times, Charlotte and Louis will accompany George and the King and Queen Consort Camilla as they leave Westminster Abbey after the service.
The children are expected to join their parents in a carriage behind Charles and Camilla who will travel in the Golden State Coach as they return to Buckingham Palace.
The young royals are also likely to appear on the balcony of Palace alongside the King and Queen and their parents, for a traditional appearance to greet the British public.
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