These new pictures of the adorable Princess Charlotte will melt your heart

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared adorable photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her birthday on Monday.

The young royal will be celebrating her first birthday, after being introduced to the public on the day of her birth, May 2 2015.

Princess Charlotte
(HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

In one of the photos, the little princess can be seen playing with her toys in the garden of the family home, sporting a baby pink dress and cardigan with a matching bow in her hair.

Another of the new pictures shows Charlotte gazing into the distance with her big blue eyes.

Princess Charlotte
(HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

The photos were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself in April around the family home Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

"The Duke and Duchess are happy to be able to share these family moments ahead of their daughter's first birthday," Kensington Palace tweeted.

"We hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as we do."

Princess Charlotte
(HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

Charlotte's privacy has been carefully guarded by the Cambridges and during the past year she has only been seen in public on one other occasion, her christening.

Other official pictures of the princess have been released to mark a few events like six months after her birth, her first Christmas and, most recently, in a group picture with the Queen's other great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren to mark the monarch's 90th birthday.