Reasons why there was no official photo for Princess Charlotte's third birthday

Ever since the birthday greetings became public, speculations started as to why the royal couple chose to put an old photograph of their three-year-old daughter.


                            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!"

Princess Charlotte is pictured at home in April in Norfolk, England. The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk to mark Princess' second birthday. (Photo by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte is pictured at home in April in Norfolk, England. The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk to mark Princess' second birthday. (Photo by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)


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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive to attend the service at St Mark's Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive to attend the service at St Mark's Church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private skiing break on March 3, 2016 in the French Alps, France. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private skiing break on March 3, 2016 in the French Alps, France. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"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."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with their children Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)