To universal delight, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released photos of Princess Charlotte this morning. Just as with the first images of George holding his sister, these were taken by Kate at the Cambridges' home at Sandringham.
Kate has a wonderful eye for artistic continuity. We now have two photo-sets taken at Anmer Hall--this set and the photos of George golding Charlotte shortly after her birth--and they complement one another, but each has a flavor that sets it apart and lends a unique twist. The setting is the same for both: a chair or couch at Anmer with a wide aperture to blur the background. In the earlier photos Kate nestled the two children on a creamy love-seat and flooded the photo with white light.
In this first proper photo-set of Princess Charlotte, the colors are more muted and there is a whimsical, almost retro vibe. The gingham upholstery and the "shabby-chic" arm, Charlotte's printed dress and dusky rose sweater, even her cuddly toy, all maintain the classic vibe that Kate has embraced.
Although we have seen a number of photos of Charlotte already, this is the first clear image of her looking so big. I am immediately struck by her resemblance to James, and after some thought to Carole, as well. I said this with George, too, but the Middleton genes are very strong. I saw Pippa and Mike in George when he was about this age, but as time has passed, a resemblance to his daddy and the Windsors has become more apparent. I wonder if in two years, Charlotte will also be a little more balanced. She certainly has changed. Our first glimpse of the baby princess was on the day of her birth:
We saw Princess Charlotte again just the next month when William and Kate very graciously released the four images of Charlotte and George together. She was more alert in those photos, but still very much a newborn.
We saw her a month later when she was christened at St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate, and by that time she was a repliKate of George:
We saw a more recent pap shot of the princess, if you follow those, and while she certainly had grown, she looks remarkably different in today's official photos. It is amazing to see how she has developed. Those blue eyes just pop off the page and it looks like she is going to have her brother's enthusiasm for toys!
Today's photos come shortly after Kate threw her support behind the hospital at which Charlotte and George were born.
|St. Mary's Hospital|
In a press release from the hospital, Kate remarks on the wonderful are she received at St. Mary's and how pleased she is to lend her voice and aid to the effort. Kate has made the Lindo Wing international news on two occasions now, so there are few better to speak up for St. Mary's.
These photos were delightful. Kate continues to produce photos that are both contemporary and classic and will look appropriate in both history books and expensive coffee table tomes across the years! I love that she is continuing to dress her children so beautifully and I know we all appreciate that the royal couple are willing to share these intimate shots. It was a royal Thanksgiving weekend, after all. :)