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New photo marks Princess Charlotte's second birthday

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A photograph of Princess Charlotte has been released by Kensington Palace to mark her second birthday on Tuesday.

The picture, taken in April by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, shows the princess at the family's home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

The couple released a similar photograph of Charlotte last year to celebrate her turning one.

Kensington Palace said they "hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do".

In the image, Charlotte is wearing a knitted yellow cardigan with a sheep motif and a navy blue clip in her hair.

The family is expected to throw a birthday party for the Princess.

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Image caption The princess was first pictured leaving St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, with her parents

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge keep Charlotte out of the public eye, but she was pictured at the Christmas Day church service in the village of Bucklebury in Berkshire.

Another notable appearance was during the family's tour of Canada, where she was seen several times including at a children's party in Victoria, British Colombia.

The palace said in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte's second birthday.

"Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received."

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Image caption Prince George pictured enjoying his big brother duties
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Image caption Photographs taken by the Duchess of Cambridge were also released for the princess's first birthday
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Image caption Charlotte was seen walking for the first time in this image released to mark her turning one last year

Princess Charlotte will be a bridesmaid at her aunt Pippa Middleton's wedding later this month. Her brother, George, will be a page boy at the ceremony.

When Prince William leaves his air ambulance post, the family will spend more time at Kensington Palace as the duke carries more of his royal duties.

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Image caption Prince George checks on his sister at Charlotte's christening
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Image caption The princess is largely kept out of the public eye, but was pictured attending a Christmas Day service with her parents and brother
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Media captionPrincess Charlotte gives some balloons the royal seal of approval
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Image caption Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents on a tour of Canada, where here they are pictured at a children's party for military families in Victoria
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Image caption Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cambridge during the family's tour of Canada
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Image caption Charlotte, pictured with her mother in Canada in September 2016

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