Well, after much excitement and anticipation, Kensington Palace released the first photos of Charlotte and George together. @KensingtonRoyal tweeted the first photo at 9pm London time, before the other three were released an hour later. That was a clever way for KP to get the momentum and positive press from the release all to themselves, (I think they added 30,000 Twitter followers thanks to these snaps) while still allowing the papers to have something special to share with the public, as well. I was pleased that they actually released all four. Didn't we have another situation where we were promised a certain number and the full quota was never delivered?
Princess Charlotte is still a very young infant, since these photos were taken about two weeks ago and she is only a month old! I don't know what I was expecting, but I thought she would look different. To me, the family resemblance that was so strong on the steps of the Lindo Wing, seemed gone. However, after they released the last three, I realized that if her eyes were closed, she would be almost identical to the tiny baby George in the Bucklebury photo:
Although both George and Charlotte's first photos were taken in private, family settings--Middleton Manor in Bucklebury and Anmer Hall, respectively--these were a little more intimate in their detail. They are closer shots and Charlotte is awake, which personalizes her more than the tiny form of a sleeping George in 2013.
Taken by their mother Kate in Anmer Hall, the little royals are impeccably dressed in soothing creams and blues. The sweater Charlotte is wearing is from Irulea, part of the set that included the darling bonnet she wore when presented to the press on her birthday. I know that questions remain as to whether or not these were gifts from Nanny Maria, or simply procured by her on behalf of Kate. Frankly, because they are Spanish, I believe that these pieces were gifts.
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This sweet shot, taken with a lightly wider angle, gives us just a hint more of the décor at Anmer Hall, and it is just what we expected. Neutrals, whites, pastels, etc. It looks like a very ordered and calm home, filled with clear light.
Below is my personal favorite. I like that in both this set and the last official photos of Prince George, the Cambridges included an unusual shot. Each featured George with looks on his face that were both unguarded and expressive. A little peak at his budding personality.
For the camera buffs among us, according to royal reporter Rebecca English, Kate used the Canon EOS 52 Mark II, a $2,200 camera. I have the Canon EOS Rebel, which is a pretty standard, point-and-shoot DLSR, but I am now wondering what the extra perks are on this impressive piece.
Kate has long been reputed to have quite a photography hobby, which makes sense since her degree is in art. The new Duchess brought along a personal camera on her first royal tour and was pictured proudly taking snaps of her husband William as he maneuvered his helicopter in a flying demonstration:
Today's photos had a more formal aura than the first photos of George. The lighting, quality, and staging were all carefully curated and imbued with a relaxed, but professional air. I liked both--who didn't love the family snaps straight from the garden in Bucklebury? But, you can see that the Cambridges are settling into their role a little more solidly, and conforming to the needs of the public and to the demands of history.