5 Things to Know as Princess Charlotte Turns 2

In this photo released Monday May 1, 2017, by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, showing their daughter Princess Charlotte taken in April 2017 by her mother Kate the Duchess of Cambridge at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England. Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge via AP
In this photo released Monday May 1, 2017, by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, showing their daughter Princess Charlotte taken in April 2017 by her mother Kate the Duchess of Cambridge at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England.

May 01, 2017 11:36 AM

It's nearly party time for Britain's Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her 2nd birthday on Tuesday.

Her parents marked the occasion Monday by distributing a snapshot of Charlotte taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. Here are five things to know about the family as the landmark nears:

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WHY HAVEN'T WE SEEN MORE OF PRINCESS CHARLOTTE?

Prince William and his wife, Kate, want to protect their daughter's privacy. It's not surprising that Kate took the official photo to mark Charlotte's second birthday on the protected grounds of the family's country estate. The royal couple has tried to keep Charlotte mostly out of the limelight and away from the paparazzi that often follow senior royals at events in London. An important exception was an official trip to Canada in the fall. William and Kate brought Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, on the trip and Charlotte even attended a children's party.

WHAT DOES THE PHOTO SAY ABOUT CHARLOTTE?

The young princess is wearing a fluffy yellow cardigan decorated with sheep, and a clip in her hair. She has blue-grey eyes and seems amused in the photo, which was taken outside in April.

WHAT IS THE BIRTHDAY GIRL'S FULL NAME?

She is officially named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, intribute to her late grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR CHARLOTTE AND HER FAMILY?

The family is expected to spend more time in London and less in the countryside as William takes up more royal duties and Prince George, 3, prepares to start school in the fall. Their London base is at Kensington Palace.

WILL SHE EVER BE QUEEN?

Charlotte is fourth in line for the throne, behind Prince Charles (her grandfather), Prince William and Prince George.

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Associated Press

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