New photo of Princess Charlotte released to celebrate her second birthday

Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Princess Charlotte taken by her mother at Anm

Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Princess Charlotte taken by her mother at Anmer Hall in Norfolk in April. Picture The Duchess of Cambridge. - Credit: PA

A new picture of Princess Charlotte enjoying the outdoors has been released to celebrate her second birthday.

File photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children, Prince George and Princess

File photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October 2015 at Kensington Palace in London. Picture PRESS ASSOCIATION. - Credit: PA

The photo was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, and pictures the Princess wearing a yellow cardigan, decorated with images of sheep, while she sports a navy clip in her hair.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they are 'delighted' to share the photograph to mark their daughter's special day which is today.

The Cambridges have followed a trend they set with their daughter's first birthday and given royal fans a new image of the toddler princess.

In a statement Kensington Palace said: 'The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte's second birthday.

'Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.'

Charlotte's privacy has been carefully guarded by her parents and during the past year she has only been seen in public on a handful of occasions.

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She made an appearance on Christmas Day when she was taken to a church service close to the home of her grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury.

She was pictured in the arms of the Duchess when the royal party arrived at St Mark's Church in Englefield, with older brother Prince George holding the Duke's hand as they walked in. When they left, the royal children were clutching candy canes.

The other notable outing for Charlotte was during the Duke and Duchess's tour of Canada last autumn when she was seen a number of times, including at a children's party in Victoria, British Colombia.

Charlotte's first birthday was marked with the release of four official photographs by her parents.

The Cambridges will be spending more time at Kensington Palace in London when William leaves his job at the East Anglian Air Ambulance in the summer and devotes more time to royal duties.

Prince George will start school in London in September.

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