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New Photos of Charlotte & George Taken by Princess Kate

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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. 

Princess Charlotte's Knit Set is Staged for a Shoot
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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. 


33 comments:

  1. Im really thrilled with these photographs. Was not expecting something of this caliber. She is a very good photographer. I think PC resembles PG at that age (if he had had his eyes open) . I even see a resemblance to his baptism pictures. Excited we even got an oh so little glimpse at the color palette of the room!

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  2. Adorable pictures of the two. Beautiful outfits and a good look at their expressions. Can't wait for more pictures after the christening and perhaps a balcony appearance by George next week at Trooping the Colour.

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  3. Just adorable & love that they're taken by Catherine. I think I see some resemblance to William but Charlotte's so young it's hard to tell.
    Jeanne

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  4. These are the most adorable photos and Kate has quite the eye! Her camera is one of those complicated deals like my husband uses where you can change all the settings like aperatures - camera lingo, camera lingo - but a point and shoot like my little Nikon P could never shoot these where she's got the background soft and the children in focus. (You'd think being married to a camera buff I'd have gleaned more information over the years!)

    Love Charlotte's pretty little sweater with lacy collar and that we can see a very obvious cowlick on George's hairline. Did you notice he is wearing the same outfit he wore to meet Charlotte for the first time? It's just sans the blue sweater!

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  5. Just lovely ♡ Charlotte seems to have perhaps darker hair? It seemed so at the hospital as well. George looks adorable as ever. He is so photogenic. What a beautiful family. Nina

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  6. The photos are better than anything I expected. The different expressions on George...Charlotte being so alert...the beautiful clothing...the soft background effect. Simply gorgeous. And I like how loving and gentle George appears to be with his baby sister. Very sweet.

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  7. He does look like a proud big brother. Nice pics, very sweet

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  8. These are very professional photos, Kate is obviously well-practised. Very formal pictures, though, and the outfits wouldn't have been out of place in baby pictures of Elizabeth and Margaret (although looking back at William and Harry, those outfits wouldn't have been out of place in Queen Victoria's baby photos, so there's progress I suppose!). I preferred the early ones of George (Bucklebury garden and KP window) where they were less formal and included mum, dad and Lupo. These ones are unmistakably taken in a stately home maintained by a full-time staff with perfectly scrubbed children posed and lit with precision. It's not quite the 'relatable' image they have gone for in the past (and that Harry is such an expert at).

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    1. I'm not sure "relatable" was the goal here, Melissa. George will be king one day and these pictures will have a historical significance for many years to come. And considering that the photos were taken in a stately home, I don't think they could have played it down any more than they did to be honest.

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    2. I saw a reporter questioning if anyone else dresses their two year old in knee high socks bye answer was "no". This seems unrelatable. But Kate has dressed him this way before, and they probably intentionally dress him preppy due to his family status and money. Even Kate started dressing preppier, post-engagement, to be on par with William. They are not as relatable as we'd always like them to me.

      It seems to me these were a bit more of a formal portrait, but those are also needed. I'm sure they have plenty of funny and "real" moments. This is the insiders look that they and their staff chose to share. Even with weddings, they say to always take formals because there is a grandma that wants them.

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    3. I dressed my little boys like this, including knee socks, for special occasions and photos.

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    4. I have to respectfully disagree that these are not "relatable" pictures. I have three grandkids and these photos look like they could have been taken at my daughter's house - which is just a normal home. Acknowledging that Kate is a far better photographer, they are much like something I would snap. Before taking nice pictures to be sent to the family my grandkids get scrubbed, dressed in their nice clothes, and posed on my daughter's white sofas (slip covered for easy cleaning) with mom and dad doing 'clown duty' to get the kids to focus where you need. We can't see anything in the background of these photos so the fact that they were taken in a stately home is something we just know about them. The photos don't indicate anything specific about the house at all except that white is predominant just like in most homes these days.

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  9. Nice to get a clearer 'look' at Charlotte than we received in the outdoor shots of George as a baby taken in the Bucklebury garden. It's odd that Kate took a while to release them to the press, though. (as with the photos taken after George was born) Kate and William seem determined to do things in their own way.....By the way, I preferred Kate's more natural look when she left the hospital after George's birth, than her much more coiffured look after Charlotte's birth.

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  10. It looks like there is a lot of happiness in this family! Charlotte has a very distinctly-formed mouth and big eyes. The fourth photo shows that George has expressions that distinguish him from his father at that age, or any age.

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  11. I agree that Charlotte does resemble George at a similar age.

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  12. Adorable pics! I like the varied expressions and the peak into their decor.

    On the camera front, I have a 5D Mark III which is a newer model of the same camera...and pricier. When you work in manual mode the 5D Mark models gives you a much larger range, so you can produce great work in dynamic settings, or do more technically creative work. This is a professional grade camera, used by career photographers. It's just incredibly heavy, but I still haul it on vacation from time to time. For Kate having the Mark II, I suspect it's a comment on frugality. Maybe she bought the II and hasn't upgraded, or bought it after the III came out to save $.

    As for her technical skills, the photos are nice and I suspect she practiced plenty with George.

    I'm a bit disappointed in how the announcement was handled - we were first told photos of George, then Charlotte was mentioned. Seemed to me like KP was playing games and I'd prefer they be straight. Thoughts?

    I was kind of hoping for a photo of William with the kids, since we knew Kate wasn't in any.

    I wonder if they moved up the release due to Harry's two recent headline stories. Maybe trying to, literally, help a brother out. ?

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    1. ^ Amanda, Canada

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    2. Which headlines storys? I must admit I don't follow harry as closely, but I haven't heard anything..

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    3. Anon: he went to see Cressida's play, and there are photos of him with his hand on a Dr. Who's actress's leg. Photos from both came out the same day, and about Wed/Thurs.

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  13. We've seen Kate’s talent behind the lens before, on the Southeast Asia tour. I believe there was a "photo diary" of sorts posted on the monarchy's website at the time. If memory serves, these may be the first photos by Kate we've gotten since then, and certainly the first with such special subjects! I think they're absolutely perfect. Love love love love them!
    -TMM

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    1. Correct, TMM. They were all in b&w, and were judged and critiqued like Michael's photos. Kudos to Kate for being willing to put herself out there again. Although perhaps her confidence came with more practice, age, and an encouraging husband.

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  14. Okay, I hit "publish" before I got through all of my thoughts. Round 2.

    Stylistically, these photos remind me of the Christmas shots of PG...but I assume since KP announced that Kate was the photographer here, they would have done the same at Christmas if it had been her.

    Also, the decision to have just the kids in the photos doesn't surprise me a bit. I've observed friends after their first baby, and the proud parents definitely want in on the photo action. Once #2 comes along, it seems, parents want the focus to be on the kids and not themselves. I can think of no less than 3 families in my Facebook network for whom this pattern has played out exactly. Seems pretty natural to me.

    I love George's little smile and Charlotte's bright-eyed focus on all the hoopla around her. I can imagine William off-camera, doing something to get the kids to look at him while Kate snaps away. Imagining that scene makes me smile.

    Okay, I think I've got it all covered now. :)
    -TMM

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  15. I love the photos the duchess would be a great photographer as a profession i believe she talking photos in south asia debut and Canada when she have first with prince George these second photo since then prince George has a splitting image of his father i know he would be a great brother princess charlotte looking good i she good blue eyes open prince harry talk about these photos back then right
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ttn5tRyMw

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  16. I love these photos. It's natural that they would just be of the kids this time. When you only have one child, it might look odd just to have him in the photo. Now, with two, it's about the kids. The christening photos will have Will and Kate in them. The interesting thing to me about these photos is that Charlotte looks more open than George did at the same age. I mean, he was all wrapped up and swaddled tight at the same age. I noticed it in the Lindo Wing photos too. Kate just looked so much more relaxed holding her. With George, she looked "new mother" scared - like she was nervous she would drop him. So much more relaxed with the second. Just like every mother. It was really cute to see. Privileged, royal, or not. Some things are the same no matter what your status. IMO.

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  17. Sonja from BavariaJune 7, 2015 at 3:01 AM

    I love the pictures, they are so adorable (especially the one in which george is kissing charlotte and the very first one of him looking at her) and were definitely worth the wait! (The only think that disappoints me a little bit is that we didn't get a snap of Kate and William with charlotte as kate took thr photos... but I hope we will soon see a happy and healthy Kate again!)

    Any time i see a picture of george, I see more of michael middleton in him ^^ As for charlotte, I can't really say anything according to who she looks like - she is two weekd old and at her appearance will change again several times...

    I think george is such a sweet big brother and charlotte looks like a happy and healthy baby :)

    But I am wondering: they have a dog, a toddler and a newborn baby, but their couch is white... that doesn't really make sense for me ;D (or maybe this was just a room they don't use often, but they thought it would be a good background for the pictures?) I think Kate is a very talented photographer and I also liked the pictures she took in borneo

    One last question: is is (almost) sure that Kate will attend Trooping the Colour?

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    1. My daughter has three kids (ages 4, 2, and 9 months) and two dogs with a sofa and love seat both in white slipcovers. They come off, go in the wash, and right back on again. She loves them! You can wash them as often as needed and because they're white they don't fade with washing. As odd as it seems, it's quite practical!

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  18. Carmen, The NetherlandsJune 7, 2015 at 4:55 AM

    Lovely pictures. These are two beautiful children, and I am sure William and Kate are very proud!
    I must say that I would have loved to see a picture of the whole family, but I guess with Charlotte's christening being only a month away, we won't have to wait much longer for that :)

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  19. Adorable. I love the diversity, too. It's great that it is not as 'official' as a lot of the other released pictures, and it's beautiful that it was always a family member who took them - before with the proud grandparent, now with Kate. I feel like George's clothes are a little bit too stiff, though, under these circumstances.. I have a lot of experience with small kids and I can tell you: White blouse and knee high socks? It's even not possible not to have to arrange their shirts and pants from being held and moving around.. I really, really doubt he wears them in his private time. But I suppose she likes to arrange in front of the camera, and well.. let's be ok with it. It's basically the same discussion we had about her being too formal hours after the birth on the Lindo Wing. I seem to be unhappy with the loss of 'normal' and 'natural' when it comes to these very 'natural' events.
    Alice

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  20. The quality of these photos really took me by surprise, quite professional, IMO. I like them very much.

    I am also a bit taken aback by Charlottes looks; recently, I saw a pic of the Queen, taken at about the same age--they look very much alike.

    Fun to see that shot of William and Harry. In several early photos of William, it seems to me that his clothing looked very girlish. In the photo shown here, he appears to be wearing a frilly blouse, as opposed to a shirt--quite the Little Lord Fauntleroy! I wonder what he thinks of that wardrobe now; does he wince? cringe? laugh? Clearly, George is dressed in a more masculine manner, so perhaps I have a partial answer. George also wears shoes, old-fashioned to be sure, but at least his feet aren't always on display, as his fathers often were.

    JC

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  21. Beautiful photos and gorgeous children. Cannot make up my mind which I like best, but the last one--where they are looking up, shows George's green/brown eyes and Charlotte's blue.
    George has his mummy's eyes and Charlotte's look as though they may be like William's. Catherine really has talent with the photographs and has the added benefit of being able to catch that when the baby is awake and George cooperative
    George's outfit is traditional "Sunday best", to be worn on official occasions and possibly for Gt Granny. Mostly he seems to wear for children as we have seen on unofficial snaps in the park.
    Keeping my fingers crossed that he might appear at Trooping the Colour; though said to be lively, he seems to
    be able to cooperate when needs to.

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  22. I have a feeling that they may have put the children in the same outfits we've already seen so that the fashion aspect would be minimized. You know, attention's been paid to the clothes and people have bought them, so this time there's less fuss over that part. We've seen Kate choose repeats at certain occasions, where emphasis is rightly bestowed elsewhere than her clothing (for example, when she repeated her red bespoke Alexander McQueen Jubilee dress at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts event, it put less attention on her, and more on the Queen and the occasion). If that is the idea, I think it's a wise tactic, especially given that they want normalcy and privacy for the kids as much as possible.

    And other than that, what cuteness! It's so nice to see these sweet pictures of TRH, and I'm looking forward to seeing their mum out and about again soon.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you that Kate seems to know just when to make a fashion statement and when to pull it back so the focus is in the right place. In these photos the focus is completely on those two little beauties with a side note on the clothes. Bravo, Kate!

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