Kensington Palace Shared New Princess Charlotte Photos for Her Fifth Birthday

The little princess was delivering homemade pasta to the elderly and vulnerable.

In advance of her fifth birthday on May 2 (Saturday), Kensington Palace shared the absolute most adorable photo of Princess Charlotte, and I cannot stop shouting out my apartment window, "Look how cute she is!" The royal family wrote in the caption: "The images were taken by The Duchess as the family helped to pack up and deliver food packages for isolated pensioners in the local area."

Charlotte was all smiles in her photograph of her volunteering. Of course, her mother, Kate Middleton, captured the picture. I mean, after Prince Louis (opens in new tab) adorable second birthday photo (I'm still not over that smile!), she's practically the royal photographer.

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As for big plans for her special day, the Queen is reportedly planning a surprise for the birthday girl. According to a report from The Sun (opens in new tab), the Queen has plans to make Charlotte's day extra special via everyone's favorite friend in quarantine: video chat. Since everyone in the royal family has been practicing social distancing, the Cambridge kids have been sending the Queen "chatty videos (opens in new tab)" to keep up with each other. Uh, how cute is that!

Usually, every year, the Queen and her grandchildren celebrate in-person together as most families do. Even though I bet the parties are a lot grander than what went down for me at Chuck E. Cheese (sorry, mom!). After all, Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, runs a party planning company, Party Pieces. (opens in new tab)

"I imagine Carole Middleton because she can't see the children, has got all these things sorted," royal expert Angela Mollard (opens in new tab) explained during an interview on the ROYALS (opens in new tab) podcast. "Of course, they still have plenty of staff to make birthday cakes and help construct party poppers, Mollard added. "I don't think the poor Cambridge children will be doing without."

So, I guess: will it be possible to send a miniature pony over video chat? The one gift every child wants at 5 years old (or at least me)? Time will tell!

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