Princess Charlotte: First Birthday
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana), was born 2 May 2015. She is the younger child and only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is fourth in line to succeed her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after her paternal grandfather, father, and elder brother. On 8 September 2014, Clarence House announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child. On 20 October 2014, Kensington Palace announced that the baby was expected in April 2015. On 2 May 2015, at 08:34 BST, the Duchess gave birth to a daughter who weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.71 kg) at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
The Duke of Cambridge was present at the birth. In the evening of the following day, landmarks such as Tower Bridge, London Eye, and the Trafalgar Square fountains in London and the Peace Tower in Ottawa, Ontario, were illuminated pink to mark the princess’s birth. On 4 May, gun salutes were fired at Hyde Park and the Tower of London. Later that day, her name was announced as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. On 5 July 2015, Princess Charlotte was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham. Her godparents are The Hon. Laura Fellowes, Prince William‘s maternal cousin; Adam Middleton, the Duchess‘s paternal cousin; and family friends Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, and Sophie Carter.
On 1 May 2016, many media sources reported that Princess Charlotte was expected to turn one year old the next day. The Royal Family released photographs of her to commemorate the occasion. Multiple retailers, particularly in clothing, are expected to benefit greatly from their product placement in these photographs. On 2 May, Princess Charlotte turned one and received many gifts she is yet too young to appreciate, from 64 countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron gave her a book of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. A £30,000 gemstone-studded white gold toy rattle was the most extravagant, given by The Natural Sapphire Company of the United States.
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