From tarmac tantrums to a perfect princess wave: Charlotte's growing up fast

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Our favourite little princess is turning three today and we can’t get over how quickly she’s growing up!

It’s been a big year for Princess Charlotte, which included weddings, public appearances, her first day at pre-school, and just recently, welcoming baby brother Prince Louis.

Princess Charlotte is celebrating her 3rd birthday on May 2nd. Source: Getty

Here, we look back at some of the tiny Princess’ cutest moments from the past 12 months, starting with a tarmac tantrum that every parent can relate to.

It kicked off during a visit to aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ plant in Hamburg Germany, while the family were on an official royal tour.

Causing havoc for mum Kate, Char was refusing to board their arranged helicopter, stomping her legs and falling to the ground in tears before mum and dad managed to calm her enough to lift her into the aircraft.

Young Charlotte gave mum a hard time in Hamburg, Germany last year with one of the biggest tantrums we’ve seen from her. Source: Getty
Her tantrum saw her stomping her feet and falling to the floor. Source: Getty

It was happier times a couple of months earlier when Charlotte was dressed to the nines for her role of bridesmaid in aunt Pippa Middleton’s May wedding.

Both she and her brother Prince George were part of the bridal party and were kept in line by Kate and their nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo.

Charlotte played the important role of bridesmaid for Pippa Middleton’s Wedding. Source: Getty
Kate kept the kids in line on her sister’s big day. Photo: Getty

Royal watchers were treated to another cuteness overload when Kate and Wills shared snaps of Charlotte’s first day at preschool in January this year.

All rugged up in a red coat and scarf, the two-year-old seemed super eager to get going. And it appears starting school has played a part in the youngster’s new-found maturity, which is only set to grow even more as she takes on the role of big sister to baby Louis.

Princess Charlotte all dressed up for her first day of preschool. Source: Getty

In fact, it was during her first visit to see her new brother that Charlotte proved she has mastered public appearances.

As the Duke of Cambridge walked his kids up to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital where Kate had just given birth, little Charlotte was fully aware of the press and gave her best smile and a royal wave right to the cameras.

Meanwhile her older brother George completely avoided eye-contact.

Princess Charlotte sure knows how to work the crowds. Source: Getty
Princess Charlotte has learnt how to deal with public appearances and mastered her royal wave. Source: Getty

To top it off, the youngster has become the first female royal in history to keep her place in the line of succession to the throne after the birth of a younger brother.

This comes after a new law ruled that gender will have no effect on the line of succession, while previously, male heirs would leapfrog their female counterparts, meaning Charlotte would have been fifth in line and the new baby fourth.

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