Kate Middleton and Prince William didn't share new photos of Princess Charlotte for her birthday

Princess Charlotte turns three years old today, but she might not get an official portrait to celebrate the occasion. Traditionally, the royal family has shared new photos of her and George on their birthdays, but this year, there was no new release.

On Instagram, Kensington Palace announced the princess' big day with a picture of her first day at nursery, which previously debuted in January, and the royal family posted a shot from her visit to the hospital after Prince Louis' birth last week.

So why aren't we getting a new photo of the birthday girl this year? The Duke and Duchess' decision may come from a common parental concern.

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Handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Princess Charlotte taken by her mother at Kensington Palace this morning shortly before the princess left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.

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Handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Princess Charlotte taken by her mother at Kensington Palace this morning shortly before the princess left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.

Copyright: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 2018.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate release photo of Princess Charlotte a day before her 2nd birthday.

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2016

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte after a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour seaplane terminal in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada in September 2016.

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Princess Charlotte during the Royal Tour of Canada in September 2016.

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Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada in September 2016.

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Princess Charlotte plays with a dog named Moose at a children's party at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada in September 2016.

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2016

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photos of Princess Charlotte taken by the Duchess at Anmer Hall in Norfolk in April ahead of Charlotte's 1st birthday.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photos of Princess Charlotte taken by the Duchess at Anmer Hall in Norfolk in April ahead of Charlotte's 1st birthday.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photos of Princess Charlotte taken by the Duchess at Anmer Hall in Norfolk in April ahead of Charlotte's 1st birthday.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photos of Princess Charlotte taken by the Duchess at Anmer Hall in Norfolk in April ahead of Charlotte's 1st birthday.

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The Duke of Cambridge cuddles Princess Charlotte, as the Duke, Duchess and their family enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps in March 2016.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photo of Princess Charlotte with her cuddly toy dog taken by the Duchess at Anmer Hall in Sandringham in 2015.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photo of Princess Charlotte with her cuddly toy dog taken by the Duchess at Anmer Hall in Sandringham in 2015.

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Princess Charlotte in her Silver Cross pram following her christening in July 2015.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May 2015 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May 2015 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May 2015 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May 2015 at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

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Newborn Princess of Cambridge as she leaves the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in May 2015.

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Princess of Cambridge is carried by The Duke of Cambridge in a baby car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in May 2015.

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Princess of Cambridge is carried by The Duke of Cambridge in a baby car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in May 2015.

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Princess of Cambridge in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in May 2015.

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"William and Kate won't want to overexpose their children," royal expert Penny Junor told Elle UK. They have never been entirely conventional so I imagine they might release a photo in their own time, and it might be one Kate takes herself."

The Duchess of Cambridge, an avid photographer, has been photographing her children's portraits for a few years now, including Charlotte's official birthday shots.

There was this for her first birthday in 2016:

And this for her second in 2017:

Charlotte Isn't Getting a Birthday Portrait

However, if the Duke and Duchess have an issue with overexposure, why did they pose for photos with their new royal baby just hours after he was born? "A photo to commemorate the new baby's birth is hardly excessive however, and I would say, for historical purposes, it is important for there to be one," Junor added.

Perhaps we'll get an official portrait of Prince Louis (and big sister Charlotte) in the near future, but don't be surprised if Prince William and Kate Middleton take their time.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne.. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Lindo Wing after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives back at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with his other two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Lindo Wing after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive with Prince George at the Lindo Wing after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives back at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with his other two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte after the birth of his third child on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11:01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/ WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne.. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/ WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Mike Marsland/ WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT),' the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Lindo Wing after Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter Princess Charlotte. Picture dated: Saturday May 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter Princess Charlotte. Picture dated: Saturday May 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter Princess Charlotte. Picture dated: Saturday May 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter Princess Charlotte. Picture dated: Saturday May 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leaves the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London to collect Prince George following the birth of his new born baby daughter on May 02, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:34am this morning weighing 8lbs 3oz.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter Princess Charlotte. Picture dated: Saturday May 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George as he arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter.
The Duke of Cambridge returns with his son, Prince George, to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter.
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George as he arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after the birth of his newborn daughter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge arrives with Prince George at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington west London, following the birth of the second child to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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