Princess Charlotte may have momentarily upstaged her new baby brother with her sweet royal wave, but is she already slipping into middle child mode just a week after becoming a big sister?
May 2 marked the third birthday of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s only daughter, and traditionally, the couple have marked their children’s birthdays by sharing a new photo – typically one taken by their own mother.
But not this time. While the Kensington Palace Twitter account posted a birthday tribute to the princess, avid royal-watchers were quick to notice that the accompanying photo wasn’t new. It was taken in January by a then-pregnant Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate her daughter’s first day of pre-school.
Wishing a happy third birthday to Princess Charlotte – thank you all for your lovely messages! pic.twitter.com/IpLwFXveHp
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 2, 2018
While the image has been universally praised, a few folks feel that they — and the birthday girl — have been shortchanged. And yes, some are blaming it all on week-old Prince Louis.
Think the family might be a bit busy
— Gayle Hulme (@QueenAB1533) May 2, 2018
If The Dutches doing parenting on her own , she might not have a lot of time . Though .. she has help I bet
— JKD (@WipesandNappies) May 2, 2018
It’s just so unbelievable!!!
— Prince Louis (@PrinceLouisofC1) May 2, 2018
Happy birthday to little Charlotte but where's her birthday photo? UK public rarely get to see her. The fact we saw her last week is not an excuse.
— Scarfie (@Scarfie1) May 2, 2018
With an old photo??!? In 21st century? Charlotte's third birthday only happens once! Shame!
— Zdenka Pregelj (@CountessBezuhov) May 2, 2018
Of course, it’s always possible that the royals will release more photos later on and that the birthday girl is currently covered in cake and presents.
Or perhaps the pre school shoot was intended to double as a birthday portrait, as some have noted that Middleton sometimes shoots her photos months in advance.
Or maybe Prince Louis has just ruined everything for one particular toddler and will pay the price if she beats him to the throne.