Sunday, 15 July 2018

UPDATED: Prince Louis' Christening Portraits Released

Almost a week after Prince Louis' christening, the eagerly awaited official portraits have been released. We saw several darling mother-son shots at the christening; it was a treat to see one from the photo session too.

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The portraits were taken at Clarence House's Morning Room following the christening at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, by renowned photographer Matt Holyoak. The photographer said "I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event. Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs."

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The photo of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges and the Sussexes offers a very powerful visual image - the future of the British Royal family. Note, very adorably Charlotte is holding Louis' hand, and look at George's smile :)

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The family of five.

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The Palace released an additional photograph of Kate and Louis with the message "Their Royal Highnesses hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do." The photo was taken by Matt Porteous, the photographer took George's third birthday portraits. I imagine this is one from their personal album from the day. It offers by far the best look at the adorable prince. He really does look like his mother.

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Matt Holyoak is one of the world's leading celebrity portrait photographers. His love of portraiture started at Art College, where he studied to be a fine artist, specialising in contemporary portrait painting and drawing.  He then discovered his passion for photography and perfected his craft working in still life, fashion and portraiture - assisting some of the most revered photographers of our times.

His photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Another, Vogue, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Empire, Rolling Stone, Interview, L’Uomo Vogue and Vanity Fair. He has shot campaigns for Adidas, Gilette and Qatar Airways. A number of his pieces have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection.

Holyoak took the hugely popular 70th wedding anniversary images of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Prince Louis was baptised by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were used during the baptism. Louis wore a hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. William and Kate chose six godparents for their eleven-week-old son. Kate's cousin Lucy Middleton and close friends Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Laura Meade and Hannah Gillingham Carter.

The christening provided the first official photos of the Cambridges as a family of five.

The Duchess chose a bespoke cream Alexander McQueen dress with a neck and puff sleeves for the christening. Kate teamed it with a headband-style Jane Taylor hat, Jimmy Choo Romy Pumps and Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs.

Prince George's christening portraits were taken by Jason Bell at Clarence House following his christening at the Chapel Royal. They included a portrait of the Queen with three heirs to the throne.

Princess Charlotte's portraits were taken at Sandringham House after the christening at St Mary Magdalene Church by royal favourite Mario Testino. They had a more relaxed, informal feel than George's.

If you're just joining us, William and Kate were in the Royal Box for the Wimbledon Men's Final this afternoon. Click here to view the post.

With George and Charlotte on summer holidays from Thomas's Battersea and Willcocks Nursery School, I expect the Cambridges will divide their time over the next couple of months between London and Anmer Hall. The Duchess isn't expected to resume official duties until the autumn, although it's possible she'll make an appearance or two before then. The release of the portraits seems the perfect way to close a very interesting week which included the christening, the RAF centenary and Wimbledon. Matt Holyoak did a splendid job with the photos, which one is your favourite?

The Duchess in Dolce for Wimbledon Men's Final!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Gentlemen's Singles Final of the Championships, Wimbledon.

The Duke and Duchess arriving.

William and Kate spent time with tennis royalty Rod Laver and Kim Clijsters. Laver's 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history. This included his all-time men's record of 10 or more titles per year for seven consecutive years (1964–70). He excelled on all of the court surfaces of his time: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet. Clijsters is a Belgian former professional tennis player. She won 41 singles and eleven doubles titles during her career.

It was very much a weekend of Wimbledon for the Duchess. Yesterday, Kate attended the women's final with the Duchess of Sussex and today she was accompanied by William. The Queen passed her patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in December 2016 - an ideal fit for the ardent fan and keen amateur player.

The Duke and Duchess were joined in the Royal Box by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Prince William chatting with the PM.

The final saw Novak Djokovic face off against Kevin Anderson.

The Telegraph reported: "So here we are. After two weeks of baking-hot sun and intriguing (if not always thrilling) tennis, 126 men have headed home and we are left with just the two finalists: Kevin Anderson and Novak Djokovic. Were all things equal this would be a tricky match to call, what with Anderson's serve-heavy game well-suited to grass and his giant-killer pedigree burnished by defeating Roger Federer in Wednesday's quarter-final. There is of course though a huge 6hr 36min cloud hanging over Anderson, whose body will surely be in bits after Friday's marathon semi-final against John Isner. Anderson did at least theoretically have a day off yesterday but he looked drained of energy during his press commitments, and will be made to work extremely hard this afternoon by the almost sadistically durable Djokovic."

The Duke and Duchess watched closely as the final kicked off.

Kate with Sophie Winkleman. Sophie is the wife of Lord Frederick Windsor, son of the Queen's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent. Their daughter Maude goes to Thomas's Battersea with Prince George.

Famous faces in the Royal Box included Hugh Grant and Katherine Jenkins.

Actor Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah.

A tense moment during the match.

There were hair-raising moments during the third set.

In a special interview for a BBC documentary last year, Kate revealed her lifelong love of the tournament. "I have watched Wimbledon, that was very much part of my growing up. I was really taken by Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic and Steffi Graf. Those are my first memories." Kate also said she queued for hours to get into the tournament before joining the Royal Family, adding: “Being able to go into Wimbledon and be part of an amazing atmosphere is special.” She said: “It inspires young people including myself. Every time Wimbledon is on I am thinking ‘Yes, I could do the same’ and get out the racket. Sadly, not the same results.”

In the end, Djokovic was the victor winning in three sets. Today marks his fourth men's singles Wimbledon title.

Cheers, smiles and applause after the match.

William and Kate congratulated Novak on his victory.

The Duchess chose the vibrant and summery yellow Dolce & Gabbana Crepe Dress (with thanks to Replicate Royals). It's a beautiful choice for Wimbledon.

The £805 dress is described as "Crafted from smoothing crepe, this knee-length style is perfect for warm-weather events - think the races, weddings and garden parties. It's subtly darted through the bodice for a figure-hugging fit and finished with ruffled sleeves."

The dress is from the brand's tropical Resort 2017 Collection.

The Telegraph writes:

'The Duchess of Cambridge could be spotted from a mile off as she arrived at Centre Court today, to watch Novak Djokovic take on Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon men’s finals.
Dressed in a slice of lemon-esque, Dolce and Gabbana dress, she looked entirely heatwave-ready, and is guaranteed to stand out on screen when the finalists pause for a breather between rallies and the cameras inevitably pan to HRH in the crowd.
The Duchess’ endorsement of the LYD, or little yellow dress, secures the status of ‘sunshine dressing’ as one of summer’s key trends.'

For those hoping to Repli-Kate the look, Kate J suggests the $108 Jax Shift Dress with Flutter Detail and the $72 (now reduced to $36) Little Mistress Grenoble Pleat Neck Dress.

The Italian brand is fast becoming a favourite of Kate's. For Wimbledon last year, Kate selected their Pleated Polka-Dot dress. Middleton Maven notes the dress is reduced by 50% to £825 at The Outnet.

Kate accessorised her look with the same bag and sunglasses as yesterday. The $1695 Dolce & Gabbana Pink Medium Miss Sicily Bag is described as "Structured grained 'dauphine' calfskin top handle bag in 'rose' pink. Carry handle at top. Adjustable and detachable shoulder strap with lobster clasp fastening." The stylish bag is available at My Theresa and SSENSE.

And the Ray-Ban Youngster Youngster Square Keyhold Sunglasses. They are currently available at Nordstrom.

Kate wore her trusty Cartier watch.

Kate accessorised with her citrine ring.

Kate was first spotted wearing it over a decade ago for her 26th birthday celebrations. She sported it again in May for the Royal wedding.

Kate completed the look with her Asprey necklace with charms from the Woodland Collection.

And Asprey Oak Leaf earrings (with many thanks to Katie, she received confirmation from the brand).

Kate's Wimbledon pin.

Kate's shoes were nude/beige, I'll update if photos of them emerge.

The official portraits taken at Prince Louis' christening will be released tonight. We'll see you later tonight :)

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