He is birdsong echoing over an endless prairie, the quiet of a forest at dusk, the glow of a sinking sun over a steady river. He is speeding tickets and a playlist combining old country music with rap. He is sunburns and soft laughter and a wild black cat. He is a bookcase full of movies. He is a Disney mix CD on a road trip to my college. He is board games on holidays and the promise of a place to stay. He is easy-going until someone he loves is hurt, when he becomes steel and furious ice. He is driving for hundreds of miles just to chase down another new memory for his list.

He is patience- waiting for the rare bird, waiting for the dream job, waiting for the woman who matches him perfectly. He is nature documentaries and bizarre inside jokes. He is a check-in phone call every few months. He is a bushy beard and thick-rimmed glasses and a farmers tan. He is the one who has been most consistently there when I need him. He is clearly my blood- our smiles, our eyes, our responses to things all match in a way none of our other siblings seem to. He is a smile that I’ve seen in the mirror, a quiet restlessness that I have worn on my own shoulders, the calm lying beside our bones. He and I understand the art in holding on for what will be right for us.

—  Portrait of a Brother, C.D. (chickadeeburns)
5

The second born child and only daughter of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge was born on May 2, 2015 at 8:34am BST at Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz. Her Royal Highness is fourth-in-line to the throne; and on May 4, 2015, it was announced that the new Princess would be named HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church by the Archbishop of Canterbury on July 5, 2015.

Happy 2nd Birthday, HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge!