Happy birthday to Kate Middleton! Today, the royally gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge turns 34. Considering she's one of the most beloved women in the world, both by the adoring public and her precious little family, we'd say Middleton has plenty to celebrate on her big day.
The last year was certainly a momentous one for the duchess: Most notably, Middleton gave birth to her second child, an adorable girl named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Luckily, Mom likely won't have too much to worry about as little Princess Charlotte grows up in the public eye. After all, she'll have her stylish and quite studly older brother, 2-year-old Prince George, to look up to in the coming years. Not only that, but we have a feeling Kate's hubby, Prince William, is quite the dad. One sweet example? In a recent interview, he shared that being a father to Charlotte and George has made him "a lot more emotional."
Can you say cutest royal family ever? See 11 of Duchess Kate's most heart-warming photos with her children starting with the royal Christmas card photo above.
1. Princess Charlotte Makes Her Balcony Debut
At the annual Trooping the Colour event,Prince William and Kate Middleton's two children nabbed plenty of attention during their first appearance together on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The tiny princess waved and squinted as she looked up at the sky to see the Royal Air Force's flypast.
2. Snuggle Time with Charlotte
Tiny Charlotte was as chic as babies come in her ivory christening gown.
3. Polo Match Outing
At dad Prince William's polo match at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, England, Prince George had a blast playing and dancing with mom Kate Middleton on the sidelines.
4. Butterfly Watching with Prince George
While at the Sensational Butterflies exhibit at London's Natural History Museum, Kate and Prince George couldn't keep their eyes off of the beautiful insects.
5. Prince George Gets Ready to Crawl
Dad may have been playing on the field during the Jerudong Polo Trophy match, but Prince George wasn't far behind! In the safety of his mother's grasp, Prince George showed off his crawling skills.
6. Prince George Is Adorable in Red
George is becoming quite the baby trendsetter. How cute is he in his little red cardigan and gingham shorts?
7. Prince George Practices Diplomacy
He's a natural! Prince George shakes the hand of one of his many admirers.
8. Prince George Waves to the Crowd
It looks like Prince George already has the hang of the official royal wave!
9. Prince George Looks at Lupo
Let's all say it together: "Aww!" In this official family portrait, shot by Jason Bell, the young royal family poses in one of the windows at Kensington Palace.
10. Prince George Arrives at His Christening
Resting serenely in his mother's Alexander McQueen-clad arms, the 4-month-old prince makes his way into Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.
11. Prince George Snoozes in Mom's Arms
In their first official photo as a family (taken by Kate's dad, Michael Middleton), they pose informally in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.