Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; born 2 May 2015) is the younger child and only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is fourth in line of succession to the British throne, after her paternal grandfather, her father, and her elder brother.
Clarence House announced on 8 September 2014 that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their second child. The next month, Kensington Palace announced that the baby was expected to be born in April 2015.
On 2 May 2015, at 08:34 BST, the Duchess gave birth to a daughter at St Mary’s Hospital, London, the birthplace of her husband and their first child. The Duke of Cambridge was present at the birth. The Duchess had been in labour at St Mary’s Hospital since 06:00 BST. The baby was delivered naturally by midwives Arona Ahmed and Jacquie Dunkley-Bent, with doctors Alan Farthing, surgeon-gynaecologist to the Duke’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II; Guy Thorpe-Beeston, an expert in high-risk pregnancies and surgeon-gynaecologist of the Royal Household; Sunit Godambe, consultant neonatalogist at the hospital; and Huw Thomas, physician to the Queen. Farthing, Thorpe-Beeston, and Godambe were also present at the birth of the Cambridges’ first child, Prince George, in 2013. The baby was shown to the public for the first time outside the hospital with her parents, less than 10 hours after she was born.
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, the Royal Family released photographs of Charlotte ahead of her first birthday. Multiple retailers, particularly in clothing, were expected to benefit greatly from their product placement in these photographs. On 2 May, Charlotte turned one, receiving gifts from 64 countries, including a book of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales from David Cameron, and a £30,000 gemstone-studded white gold toy rattle from The Natural Sapphire Company of the United States.
On 11 June 2016, she made her first public appearance, which was on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, and in September of that year she accompanied her parents to Canada, where she was seen at arrival, at a children’s party, and at departure.
On 20 May 2017, she was bridesmaid at the wedding of her aunt, Pippa Middleton, and James Matthews.