New photo of Princess Charlotte with family dog released for royal's birthday, as fans say she looks like the Queen

2 May 2023, 19:10 | Updated: 3 May 2023, 09:59

Princess Charlotte in a field of flowers cuddling their family dog
Princess Charlotte is all smiles in her official birthday photo. Picture: Instagram

By Kit Heren

A second official photo of Princess Charlotte has been published for her eighth birthday, showing the royal holding the family dog.

Posted to Instagram by her parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, the photo shows Charlotte playing with Orla, a black cocker spaniel.

The Prince and Princess of Wales added the caption: "Thank you for all the birthday wishes."

The post has already got more than 170,000 likes and set royal fans abuzz. One said that she "looks so like the queen".

A second added: "So adorable! You can see both her parents in her face."

"Cuteness overload," a third said. "She looks so beautiful," a fourth said. "I hope [her] day was amazing."

It comes after another photo taken by Princess Charlotte's mother Kate in Windsor this weekend and shows the second of the Cambridges' three children smiling toward the camera.

Read more: New photo by Kate of grinning birthday girl Princess Charlotte released to mark royal turning eight

That followed a picture that was released last month of Charlotte's younger brother Louis, happily sat in a wheelbarrow pushed by the Princess of Wales, to celebrate his fifth birthday.

Charlotte, Louis and and elder brother George all live in Windsor's Home Park with their parents.

All three are reportedly set to take part in King Charles coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6, as the family prepares for the historic occasion on Saturday.

Read more: First glimpse of King Charles' historic coronation parade as early morning rehearsal takes place across London

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Prince George will be one of eight Pages of Honour at the event and it's expected that the children will later appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The photo of the princess was taken by mum Kate in Windsor this weekend
The photo of the princess was taken by mum Kate in Windsor this weekend. Picture: The Princess of Wales

The siblings recently appeared in a photo captured by Kate with the late Queen that was released on what would have been the former monarch's 97th birthday, which showed her smiling with some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Balmoral.

Kate is a keen photographer and has been known to share pictures she's taken to mark family occasions.

Prince Louis wearing a blue printed jumper and smiling for his fifth birthday picture with Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton also released a picture of Charlotte's younger brother Louis to mark his fifth birthday last month. Picture: PA
Kate and William in a photograph shared to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary
Kate and William in a photograph shared to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary. Picture: Kensington Palace

Last week she and Prince William released released another photograph of them on bicycles to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary.

The picture, which was taken by photographer Matt Porteous in Norfolk last year was shared with the caption "12 years" with a heart emoji.

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