Princess Charlotte is destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother Kate Middleton and become ‘a style icon’, according to a designer who created the dress worn in her sixth birthday portrait.

Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a photograph of the little royal for her sixth birthday in which Charlotte wore a £59 Rachel Riley floral summer dress and her widest smile. 

The designer said Kate, 39, appears to be ‘making bolder fashion choices’ for Princess Charlotte  as she matures. 

Rachel told Vanity Fair‘s Katie Nicholl: ‘We look forward to seeing Princess Charlotte’s style develop as she continues to grow and mature and we have no doubt she will become as much of a style icon as her mother is.’ 

Princess Charlotte is destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother Kate Middleton and become ‘a style icon’, according to a designer who created the dress worn in her sixth birthday portrait

Pick a floral Rachel Riley dress like Princess Charlotte

Happy birthday to Princess Charlotte, who has just turned six!

As tradition goes, we’re treated to a new official image from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and they didn’t disappoint.

Clearly, Charlotte has been enjoying the spring sunshine in style as here she’s wearing a navy floral dress by coveted brand Rachel Riley.

It appears the young princess is following in the fashion footsteps of mum Kate, who is often spotted in a floral dress. Like just this week, for example, when she wore a blue floral Ghost dress for her 10th wedding anniversary pictures.

Charlotte’s dress is classic and timeless with the vintage style fabric, plus we love the contrasting pink buttons and scalloped trim.

If you want your little one to see out the new season in style, then click (right) to shop the dress before it sells out.

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The little royal is often snapped in outfits from stores including Zara and Ralph Lauren, as well as Italian designer Nicoletta Fanna and Spanish brand Fina Ejerique (pictured, wearing a Ralph Lauren jumper during a video released for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tenth wedding anniversary last week) 

It’s not the first time Charlotte has worn the designer out in public, with the little royal opting for a similar button-front dress at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019. 

Rachel explained: ‘The dress she wore when she was four featured a delicate, ditsy print in pastel pink, blue and yellow, whereas the style she wore in her most recent picture, she chose a larger print in stronger colors.’ 

The little royal is often snapped in outfits from trendy yet sophisticated stores including Zara and Ralph Lauren, as well as Italian designer Nicoletta Fanna and Spanish brand Fina Ejerique.

She has regularly worn a traditional dress style in playful floral prints and striped patterns during royal outings.  

The designer said Princess Charlotte appears to be ‘migrating towards bolder fashion choices’ as she has gotten older (pictured, last year during the Clap for Carers) 

Meanwhile the Princess Charlotte has also been seen in items by independent designers, including London-based label Amaia Kids and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s brand Marie Chantal. 

And it’s not the first time Princess Charlotte has shown off her mature approach to dressing.  

In snaps released last year for her birthday, the little princess donned a sold-out Zara houndstooth dress with £12 leggings.

The monochrome houndstooth style is one that Princess Charlotte hadn’t been seen in before – but it is loved by her mother, and she returns to time after time. 

It’s not the first time Charlotte has worn the designer out in public, with the little royal opting for a similar button-front dress she designed by her mother at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019 (pictured) 

Kate is often been seen in the pattern, as well as being favoured by the late Princess Diana.  

It comes after her father Prince William, 38, revealed the feisty schoolgirl says she is ’16’ when asked how old she is and says: ‘I’m six now. I’ll do what I want’.

Speaking on an engagement in the West Midlands yesterday, William also revealed and Kate Middleton, 39, hosted a small garden party to mark their daughter’s sixth birthday on Sunday, inviting ‘one other family’ to celebrate.

In snaps released last year for her birthday, the little princess donned a sold-out Zara houndstooth dress with £12 leggings. The print is one favoured by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her late grandmother Princess Diana 

The houndstooth print is one loved by Princess Charlotte’s mother Kate, who has often been seen in the pattern (pictured, in January last year) 

Government guidelines allow two households to gather outside, meaning the Cambridges would have been allowed to host another family in their garden at Kensington Palace. 

When asked whether Charlotte had a ‘lovely birthday’, William replied: ‘She did thank you very much, yes. 

‘Unfortunately for her obviously last year there was no birthday party because of lockdown but this year (we had) one other family, so that was it. 

Princess Charlotte has only just turned six but she already has plenty of confidence and a cheeky attitude to match, her father revealed. Pictured, in the video released to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton’s tenth wedding anniversary last week

‘So it wasn’t a party as such but we made it as fun for her as possible.’

Prince William later joked ‘if you ask her, she says she’s 16… Charlotte says, “I’m six now, I’ll do what I want”.’  

He added: ‘They grow up very fast’.    

​Princess Charlotte is destined to become a ‘style icon’ , says designer

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