Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte! The Cambridge daughter’s sweetest royal waves as she turns 4
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Princess Charlotte is a true master of the tiny royal wave.
The young royal isfourth in line for the British throne and a natural with the crowds. But despite being born into royalty, her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, say they aim to keep her life as normal as possible.
“As far as we are concerned,” Prince William told the BBC in 2016, “within our family unit, we are a normal family.”
“Hugs are very important,” Kate told a group of school children in 2017.
She explained, “I keep saying that to my children. My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life. That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte, just how important these things are as they grow up. In my view, it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”
Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, attend the same school, which usually charges £19,287 a year, although the Cambridges pay the siblings discount price of £18,915.
“We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided that Princess Charlotte will join her elder brother, Prince George, at Thomas’s Battersea,” the school’s Headmaster Simon O’Malley said when the news was first announced.
Charlotte is currently in lockdown with their parents and brothers, Louis and George, at their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken charge of their education with homeschooling.
In an interview with the BBC, Kate admitted they had fibbed to the children about their Easter holidays so they could keep lessons going. “Don’t tell the children, we’ve actually kept it going through the holidays. I feel very mean,” she said.
When she was born, Princess Charlotte made history as the first female royal to break the male-preference primogeniture – a rule which used to put all brothers ahead of sisters in line for the British throne.
In 2011, the leaders of the Commonwealth made an agreement that birth order would determine the succession, rather than gender.