Prince William and Princess Kate treat royal fans to sweet new

The Prince and Princess of Wales have treated royal fans to a sweet never-before-seen snap of their eight-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte to thank them for their birthday wishes.

The portrait, taken by photographer Milli Pilkington, shows Prince William and Princess Kate’s middle child smiling widely as she cuddles the family’s cocker spaniel Orla in a meadow full of flowers.

Charlotte wears a blue and white striped knitted jumper by UK brand Boden which retails for AUD$63.

The young royal pairs the oversized cosy knit with a white button-up blouse and wears her long locks out parted to the side.

The couple shared the image on their social media on Tuesday evening with the caption: “Thank you for all the birthday wishes.” 

It comes a day after William and Kate released the first snap of their daughter to mark her birthday. 

The picture captures Charlotte, who is the third in line to the throne, smiling widely into the camera as she sits on a white chair.

The young princess wears a white cotton sundress by UK brand Trotters which features a statement ruffled collar and retails for AUD$134.

Meanwhile, more about the crucial role Prince William will play in King Charles’ historic coronation on Saturday at Westminster Abbey has been revealed, with the Church of England releasing the liturgy of service on its website. 

The liturgy confirms the Prince of Wales will be front and centre during the religious ceremony and will be the only member of the monarchy to be given a speaking role.

Halfway through the ceremony the 40-year-old, who is next in line to the throne, will pledge allegiance to the King and deliver the Homage of Royal Blood.

He will kneel before his father, placing his hands between the King’s and recite: “I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb. So help me God.”

William will also play another important role during the service, presenting the King with the Stole Royal and Robe Royal – two items which the Church of England website says “represents what the King has been given by God.” 

His eldest son nine-year-old Prince George will also play an official role in the ceremony as one of the King’s Pages of Honour.

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