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George, Charlotte and Louis’ year in pictures

The older Cambridge children have attended two royal weddings and welcomed their new baby brother.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are ensuring their children grow up mostly away from the public limelight.

But Prince George, Princess Charlotte and even Prince Louis have had a busy year, whether carrying out well-rehearsed roles in royal bridal parties – or, in Louis’ case, making his debut when he was just hours old.

Charlotte began the year by starting nursery, with William and Kate releasing photographs of the princess, taken by the duchess, on her first day.

In April, Louis was born and George and Charlotte visited their younger brother in hospital.

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The Duke of Cambridge taking Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet baby Louis

George, then four, looked a little apprehensive, but Charlotte showed she had perfected the royal wave, even turning to do so at one point as she led the way walking up the steps to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s in Paddington.

Hours later, it was the turn of the as-yet-unnamed baby prince to make his first public appearance.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London

Royal Baby

Newborn Prince Louis in his car seat

A few days later Charlotte celebrated her third birthday and William and Kate shared a photograph of their two youngest children to mark the occasion, with the princess gently kissing a sleeping Louis.

George and Charlotte were back in the spotlight just weeks later when Uncle Harry wed American former actress Meghan Markle in Windsor.

The third and fourth in line to throne were pageboy and bridesmaid.

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George and Charlotte at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

George was dressed in a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat worn by Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, while Charlotte, in a Givenchy ivory silk dress, was spotted sticking her tongue out in the car.

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Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding at St George’s Chapel

The royals were out in force for Trooping the Colour in June – even Kate, who was on maternity leave.

Trooping the Colour

The Queen, the Duchess of Sussex, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips and Prince George, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

But it all got a little bit too much for Charlotte at one point when she became tearful and was comforted by the Duchess.

Trooping the Colour

Kate carries Charlotte during the balcony appearance

Kate was pictured enjoying a day out with George and Charlotte in June at the Beaufort polo club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

The princess skipped around, holding a pair of sunglasses, and entertained herself running up and down the grassy banks.

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Charlotte enjoying herself at the polo

George, a fan of all things police-related, played with a toy gun.

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Prince George plays with a toy gun as he sits with his mother while his father, the Duke of Cambridge, played polo

The Cambridges were pictured together for the first time as a family of five when they attended Prince Louis’s christening at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, in July.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, after Louis’s christening at the Chapel Royal

Charlotte was heard telling off photographers and declaring they were not allowed inside following the service.

George turned five at the end of July, and was photographed to mark the occasion, beaming as he leaned against a wall.

In October, it was the turn of the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, to walk up the aisle and George and Charlotte were again asked to be pageboy and bridesmaid.

Princess Eugenie wedding

The bridesmaids and pageboys, including Princess Charlotte and Prince George, wave as they leave after the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel

Charlotte took a tumble as she made her way into St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, when she was blown over by the strong autumnal winds.

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Princess Charlotte falls on the steps as she enters St George’s Chapel

Inside, George and his second cousin, Savannah Phillips, got up to mischief in the church, with Savannah pretending to play a trumpet, delighting George, who later clamped his hand over his mouth when he realised they had been spotted.

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Savannah Phillips entertains Prince George

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The bridesmaids and pageboys, including Savannah Phillips with Prince George at Princess Eugenie’s wedding

The Cambridges joined the Sussexes for a family photo to mark the Prince of Wales’s milestone 70th birthday in November.

The Duchess of Cornwall sat with her arm around Charlotte, while George giggled as he perched on Charles’s lap, and Louis looked alert and content in Kate’s arms.

Later the same month, Kate revealed as she met the public during a visit to Leicester University: “Louis’ getting bigger. I can’t believe he’s seven months now.

“He’s getting a big boy.”

She added of George and Charlotte: “They’re getting excited for Christmas time.

“They’ve started all their Christmas songs, and Christmas trees are going up.”

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