Reasons why there was no official photo for Princess Charlotte's third birthday
Prince William and Kate Middleton broke something close to a formal tradition this year by not posting an official photograph of Princess Charlotte this year on her birthday. Charlotte turned three-years-old on Wednesday (May 2), and to wish the little princess, the couple released an old photograph of hers instead of an official one.
The Kensington Palace posted a picture of Princess Charlotte from her first day at school. They tweeted on the official Palace account: "Wishing a happy third birthday to Princess Charlotte – thank you all for your lovely messages!"
Ever since the tweet became public knowledge, fans of the British royal family began speculations as to why the royal couple chose to put an old photograph of their daughter instead of a new one. One of the reasons might be the birth of Kate's new baby boy.
According to reports, the Duchess herself takes the pictures of her kids a couple of weeks before their birthday, but she has been extremely caught up with her pregnancy lately, followed by the birth of her third child, so it's likely that she did not get time to click an official photo for her daughter's birthday.
Another reason why the royal couple may have forgone on the picture is because of their parenting techniques when it comes to their kids. Both Prince William and Kate have always emphasized on not overexposing their children to the outside world, and the duo tends to go a long way so as to secure the privacy and safety of their young ones.
"They have never been entirely conventional so I imagine they might release a photo in their own time, and it might be one Kate takes herself," royal expert Penny Junor told Elle UK.
"A photo to commemorate the new baby's birth is hardly excessive, however, and I would say, for historical purposes, it is important for there to be one."