Princess Charlotte, five today, drops off homemade pasta to vulnerable Norfolk residents

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She’s the cheeky little princess who already has her dad wrapped around her little finger. And, can you believe it, Charlotte is turning five today!

To mark her birthday, Kensington Palace has released new pictures of Charlotte as she helped her parents deliver home-made pasta to vulnerable Norfolk residents isolated by coronavirus earlier this week – a royal ‘meals on Wills’, you may say.

With her dark locks and eyes, Charlotte is, in many respects, the spitting image of her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, as a young girl. But that mischievous smile is Prince William all over.

The new commemorative portraits were, as usual, taken by keen amateur snapper Kate, 38, earlier this week in between home schooling sessions at Anmer Hall, the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

To mark her birthday, Kensington Palace has released new pictures of Charlotte as she helped her parents deliver home-made pasta (left and right) to vulnerable Norfolk residents isolated by coronavirus earlier this week – a royal ‘meals on Wills’, you may say

The new commemorative portraits (left and right) were, as usual, taken by keen amateur snapper Kate, 38, earlier this week in between home schooling sessions at Anmer Hall, the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate

The entire family helped out with a local initiative started by the monarch’s staff, who have been preparing and delivering meals for pensioners and the vulnerable in the area during the lockdown.

Around 1,000 meals were dispensed in the first week alone, and the scheme has been running for five weeks so far.

This time the Cambridges, all keen cooks, rustled up some home-made pasta which they separated into 12 large bags and tied up with raffia to add to the food parcels. Sources said all the children – even little Louis, two – were involved.

The following day, the family – Charlotte smartly dressed in a black and white checked dress with grey tights and black Mary Jane shoes – then helped to load bags of fresh produce into a van from the Sandringham Visitors’ Centre ready for delivery.

Sources say William, Kate, Charlotte and George spent two and a half hours driving around the area delivering food to those in need.

As this childhood picture of her mother Kate Middleton shows, Princess Charlotte is the double of the Duchess at her age. Kate is pictured here aged five from the Middleton family photo album, in an image first released in 2011 ahead of her marriage to Prince William

Sources say William, Kate, Charlotte and George (pictured with the children clapping for the NHS on the BBC Children In Need’s ‘Big Night In’ on April 23) spent two and a half hours driving around the area delivering food to those in need

The princess can even be seen in one picture proudly knocking on an elderly resident’s door with her goodies, standing on a mat which reads ‘Welcome Home, Wipe Your Feet’.

One surprised local said: ‘They got drenched as it was pouring with the rain but I think they just wanted to do their bit.’

Other royal residences have been involved in similar initiatives: The housekeeping team at Balmoral have been making face masks and laundry bags for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

And at Windsor Castle, where the Queen is staying for lockdown, they have made scrubs, washbags, headbands and scrub hats for NHS staff at hospitals including nearby Frimley Park.

William and Kate recently spoke of how difficult it has been for them, like most parents, to explain what is going on in the country to their young family.

William and Kate (pictured on a video call to staff at Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley last month) recently spoke of how difficult it has been for them, like most parents, to explain what is going on in the country to their young family

But they have got them involved in positive initiatives such as the weekly clap for carers and, now, the royal meals on wheels.

William, 37, like most fathers, has a particular soft spot for his young daughter.

‘Yes, she is lovely – just like my wife,’ he told a well-wisher in Wales earlier this year after they said Charlotte was their ‘favourite royal’. But that’s not to say she is mollycoddled.

While she loves arts, crafts, modelling and, of course, the recent craze for ‘slime’, she’s not adverse to kicking a football around with her brothers or getting covered in mud.

The little princess also has a mischievous streak – famously poking her tongue out when she spotted her grandfather, Michael Middleton, in the crowd at The King’s Cup regatta last summer.

And most were left utterly enchanted when they saw her skipping around her mother’s show garden at Chelsea last year, completely carefree.

Last night Kensington Palace said in a statement: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share four new photographs of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fifth birthday.

‘The photographs were taken in April by the duchess on the Sandringham estate, where the family helped to pack up and deliver food packages for isolated pensioners.’

Princess Charlotte on her birthday 

Her adorable grin, impish confidence and playful nature has meant that at the age of five Princess Charlotte is already a favourite with royal fans. 

And her mother Kate Middleton’s, 38, birthday portraits are often a highlight for those who love the little royal.

From running around the gardens of Anmer Hall to exploring a local barn, Princess Charlotte’s playful nature is perfectly captured in the Duchess’ portraits.

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY 

In portraits released for her fourth birthday last year, Princess Charlotte can be seen taking advantage of some of the unseasonably warm spring weather in a blue floral dress with a Peter Pan collar

The little royal could be seen raring around the gardens of Anmer Hall in the photographs released last year for her birthday 

The images, which were taken by mother Kate Middleton at home in Kensington Palace and at Anmer Hall, revealed the little royal’s love for action and confident attitude

 Three images released last year proved that Princess Charlotte is an action girl, just like her mother. 

The other pictures were taken at Anmer Hall on the day that Charlotte and her brother Prince George, five, were seen attending the Burnham Market Horse Trials in Norfolk in April with their cousin Mia Tindall, five.

One shows the princess racing around in the garden holding a daffodil. Her thick dark hair is escaping from a ponytail as she charges about the field. In the other shot she sits on a fence.

Charlotte is wearing a check Amaia Kids skirt under a grey cashmere cardigan.

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S THIRD BIRTHDAY

Newborn Prince Louis was no doubt the centre of attention at Kensington Palace on Princess Charlotte’s third birthday, with Kate Middleton snapping this adorable picture of the sibings

 Newborn Prince Louis was no doubt the centre of attention at Kensington Palace on Princess Charlotte’s third birthday. 

The adorable picture of Princess Charlotte, newly a big sister, was released in May 2018, having been snapped on the royal’s big day. 

The royal can be seen cradling her newborn little brother gently in her arms as she plants a light kiss on his forehead. 

 PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S SECOND BIRTHDAY

Taken at Anmer Hall, their family home in Norfolk, where she is believed to have spent her second birthday, Princess Charlotte could be seen beaming at her mother as photography enthusiast Kate snaps away.

Taken at Anmer Hall, their family home in Norfolk, where she is believed to have spent her second birthday, Princess Charlotte could be seen beaming at her mother as photography enthusiast Kate snaps away. 

In the photo, taken in April 2017, Charlotte can be seen wearing a traditional Fair Isle cardigan in baby blue and yellow from John Lewis (that had sold out before the photo was released) with a slightly crumpled Peter Pan collar, £12, from Jojo Maman Bébé poking out of the top. 

Charlotte, who is known for her love of animals, was photographed in the hall’s barn seeming well settled in a pile of hay for her portrait. 

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY 

Princess Charlotte’s first birthday portraits show off an active youngster from even her earliest days (pictured, at Anmer Hall in a snap taken by Kate Middleton in 2016 

Princess Charlotte’s first birthday portraits show off an active youngster from even her earliest days.

In one of the pictures Charlotte, wearing a little pink cardigan with a matching pink bow in her hair, can be seen pushing her walker across a lawn.

In another she gazes thoughtfully at the camera and appears relaxed and happy – perhaps because her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, was the one behind the lens.

A third photograph shows her leaning on a wooden chair, this time wearing a cream cardigan over a blue dress with a blue ribbon clip in her hair and the final photograph shows Charlotte’s startling resemblance to George as she clambers on a wicker chair, playfully glancing back towards the camera.

 

 



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