The bittersweet story behind the photos Kate Middleton takes of her children.

Three times a year, we are gifted unique photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to celebrate their birthdays.

Each time, we muse that Princess Charlotte looks more like the late Queen Elizabeth, that Prince Louis looks exactly like the Duchess of Cambridge, and that Prince George looks so grown up.

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The photos are released annually, like clockwork, but the brains behind the operation is not a royal PR person.

It's actually Kate Middleton herself, a former photography student. The Duchess of Cambridge studied the history of art at St Andrew’s University in Scotland, the place where she began dating Prince William.

Since 2012, one year into her marriage, she has been the Patron of the National Portrait Gallery—a responsibility that requires her to examine and comment on exhibitions, and occasionally caption images.

In March 2018, she became the first Royal Patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

It seems that as photography is an area of interest and a hobby for the Duchess of Cambridge, she has decided to put that passion to good use rather than hire in a royal photographer. 


There's no denying she takes beautiful photos of her children as they grow.

The photos are candid, and full of laughs only a mother can inspire, such as the gorgeous photo of Princess Charlotte with a baby Louis, shared for her third birthday. 

Watch Princess Charlotte grow up throughout her birthday photos over the years.

Princess Charlotte's first birthday


Princess Charlotte's second birthday 

Princess Charlotte's third birthday 


Princess Charlotte's fourth birthday 


Princess Charlotte's fifth birthday


Princess Charlotte's sixth birthday

Princess Charlotte's seventh birthday


Princess Charlotte's eighth birthday 


Princess Charlotte's ninth birthday