New photograph of smiling Princess Charlotte released to mark ninth birthday

Charlotte is pictured casually posing next to a clematis plant in a photograph taken by her mother Kate.

A new photograph of Princess Charlotte, taken by her mother Kate, has been released to celebrate the royal’s ninth birthday today.

Charlotte is shown with a beaming smile as she casually poses next to a clematis plant with pink petals.

Her big day comes as the Wales family navigate Kate’s cancer treatment, with Kate away from official duties since the start of the year.

A post on the Prince and Princess of Wales official X account said: “Happy 9th Birthday, Princess Charlotte! Thank you for all of the kind messages today.”

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