British royals release photo of a beaming Princess Charlotte

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Britain's Princess Charlotte 8th birthday

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate released a new photograph of Princess Charlotte, the granddaughter of King Charles, on Monday, the day before her eighth birthday.

Sat on a chair, Charlotte, the third in line to the British throne after her father and brother Prince George, flashed a beaming smile for the picture in a white, frill neckline frock designed with tiny pink and blue flowers.

Kate took the photo in Windsor this weekend, Kensington Palace said in a brief statement.

Charlotte, born in London on May 2, 2015, is William and Kate's second child and only daughter. George was born in July 2013 and the princess' younger brother Prince Louis was born in April 2018.

The princess' birthday celebration this year falls just days before King Charles' coronation on May 6, which is set be a grand ceremony full of pomp, pageantry and religious significance.

(Reporting by Muvija M; Editing by Josie Kao)