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Princess Charlotte pictured with beloved dog Orla for her 8th birthday

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A radiant Princess Charlotte has been photographed with her arm around the family cocker spaniel in a new picture taken to mark her eighth birthday.

The photo of the smiling young royal, captured alongside her beloved Orla, was released as a thank you by her parents the Prince and Princess of Wales to their 2.6million followers some of who had sent their birthday wishes.

Kate and Prince William shared another photo of their daughter this morning, where she was seen grinning in a white dress patterned with flowers.

Her mother, the Princess of Wales, took the picture in Windsor over the weekend.

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The family will be centre stage at the King’s coronation on May 6 – and Charlotte and her brothers are expected to watch their grandfather be crowned.

The princess is expected to accompany her siblings in the procession from Westminster Abbey which will follow the King’s coronation, according to newspaper reports.

Charlotte is the second child of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the younger sister of Prince George, nine – she also has a younger brother, Prince Louis, five.

George will be one of eight Pages of Honour during the service, joining a procession through the nave and assisting with the holding of robes.

The trio will also be expected on the Buckingham Palace balcony afterwards – with royal fans hoping for a repeat of Louis’s antics during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The family live in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor’s Home Park and Charlotte attends the private Lambrook School near Ascot in Berkshire alongside her brothers.

Last month, a smiling Louis was photographed being pushed in a wheelbarrow by his mother Kate ahead of his fifth birthday.

Charlotte has a reputation for being feisty compared to her older brother George, and her great-grandmother the late Queen Elizabeth II once remarked how Charlotte likes to look after George – and Kate has previously said the princess is “the one in charge”.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, at 8.34am on May 2 2015, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

She is a great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria and is third in line to the throne.