When Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was first introduced to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, the wool shawl she was wrapped in became an instant bestseller. Two years later, the adorable tot’s power as a style icon and fashion influencer has only grown, with the yellow jumper she sports in her official birthday portrait selling out only hours after the photo was released by Kensington Palace.
Visits to the website of British department store John Lewis spiked as parents clamoured to get their hands on the £10 jumper Princess Charlotte wears in her birthday photo. The button-up yellow jumper has turned up cuffs and a parade of blue sheep around the collar, which compliments the princess’s blue eyes. Like other official photos of Princess Charlotte and her brother, Prince George, the image was taken by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at Anmer Hall, the family home in Norfolk, last month.
In a statement accompanying the photo on Twitter, Kensington Palace tweeted: “The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte’s second birthday.”
An expanded message accompanied the photo on the Kensington Palace Instagram feed, reading: “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, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.”
Since the picture’s release yesterday, ahead of Princess Charlotte’s official birthday today (2 May), there has been heated debate as to whether the princess looks more like her mother or father. There’s no denying, however, that the young royal is taking after her mother when it comes to fashionable influence.