Prince George holds baby sister Princess Charlotte in family pictures taken by … – Telegraph.co.uk
Princess Charlotte, fourth in line to the throne, was just a fortnight old when the photographs were taken. Her big brother cradles the Princess on his knee.
In one of the photographs, Prince George holds his sister’s tiny hand in his ever so slightly bigger one.
In another, he appears to be patting her on the tummy as he looks rather fondly into her eyes. In a third, the two infants stare up into space and away from the camera, one suspects distracted by an adult – presumably Prince William – who wants them to look away from the camera.
In the fourth in the series, the prince, who turns two next month, gives his baby sister a tender kiss on the forehead.
George, in all likelihood, is getting into practice for all those hundreds and thousands of babies he will have to kiss on future royal walkabouts. Certainly he already seems well versed in kissing babies; and judging by Princess Charlotte’s reaction, she seems delighted with the attention.
The first photographs of Princess Charlotte since the birth show how she is growing up nicely. She appears alert and responsive and, while she is too young still to be offering a smile for the camera, it surely looks like one.
Kensington Palace said on Saturday the pictures were being released as a thank you for all the support they had received following Princess Charlotte’s birth on May 2.
“There was a very warm public response when Princess Charlotte was born, which was very much appreciated by the Duke and Duchess,” said a royal source. “And so they wanted to share these photographs with the public.”
As a further gesture of gratitude to the public, the first of the photographs was released through Kensington Palace’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts at 9pm last night – meaning the hundreds of thousands of followers of those accounts enjoyed a first glimpse.
In the photographs, Prince George is wearing a white shirt with blue piping around the collar, cuffs and front, with matching blue shorts and socks. With his hair parted at the side, he appears every inch a throw-back to a more innocent age.
His sister is wearing a white romper suit with a knitted sweater over the top. There’s not a spot of pink in sight.
A picture of the Duke and Duchess with Prince George and family dogs, taken by Michael Middleton, was released in the weeks after Prince George’s birth (Michael Middleton/PA)
Prince George has been dressed head to toe for the occasion in the exact same outfit he wore when he was taken by his father to St Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing to meet his sister when she was born.
The shirt and shorts combination, attached at the waist with ‘pearl effect’ buttons costs £59 and is designed by Rachel Riley, a British children’s fashion designer with two stores in central London.
The socks, costing £7 a pair, are from Amaia Kids, a store located in Chelsea Green, not far from the Duke and Duchess’s London home at Kensington palace.
Just like his mother, an item worn by Prince George sets tills ringing. Presently there is a six-week wait on the shorts and shirt combination at the Rachel Riley store while Amaia had more than 250 orders for its knitted socks within a month of prince George wearing them at the hospital.
“We are very flattered. He looks very cute,” said an Amaia store spokeswoman, adding: “We can’t wait to see Charlotte in her dresses.”
The Duchess is proving herself adept at handling a camera and appears to be outperforming her father Michael Middleton in the photography stakes. When Kensington Palace released the first family photographs of the duke and Duchess holding little baby George – with their dog Lupo included – experts were less than enthusiastic about the composition and lighting.
This time around, the Duchess, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II costing more than £1,000, has got thumbs up from the experts.
“The Duchess of Cambridge has a passion for photography and here she has shot four beautiful photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte,” said Matthew Fearn, The Telegraph’s picture editor, adding: “The Duchess is to be commended on producing such a lovely set of portraits which will, I imagine, give great joy to both members of the Royal family and the wider public.”
For the technically-minded, he suggested the Duchess had used a “fairly wide aperture” to give a narrow depth of field that deliberately “throws the background out of focus”. The lighting, added the Telegraph’s expert, was “technically excellent”.
We’re delighted to share the first photo of Prince George with his little sister Princess Charlotte pic.twitter.com/lJbWwsqFva
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)
June 6, 2015
The Duchess follows hallowed royal photographic footsteps. Prince William’s great uncle by marriage is Lord Snowdon while Lord Lichfield, who died in 2005, was a cousin once removed of the Queen. Both men were towering figures in British photography.
Her abilities behind the camera are likely to be seen again although surely she will have too much on her hands to take the pictures when Princess Charlotte is christened next month in the same church where her late grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales was baptised.
The royal baby will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Sunday, July 5 in the church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, close to Anmer Hall. The service will be private, with photographs released to the media afterwards.