Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Official Photos of Prince George Taken by Grandad Michael, William: "Catherine, George and Lupo are My Priorities"

The much anticipated first official photos of Prince George of Cambridge were released by Kensington Palace tonight.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/ Michael Middleton

As previously reported, William and Kate decided to break with tradition by releasing candid images of their son taken at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire in place of an official portrait taken at the Palace. Indeed, the couple opted to forego the services of a professional royal photographer, choosing family photos taken by new gradnfather Michael Middleton.

A Palace insider told the Mail on Sunday the Duke and Duchess felt family photos were more "natural and better convey a sense of family spirit, far more intimate than any taken by a family photographer". The Cambridges chose to spend their first precious weeks with Baby George and the Middleton family, allowing for a relaxed, family atmosphere which provided the perfect backdrop for beautiful photos of the Cambridge family. The "natural" look William and Kate were hoping to achieve is very much evident in each picture.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Michael Middleton

In the second shot William, Kate and George are joined by their cocker spaniel Lupo and the Middleton family's golden retriever Tilly.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Michael Middleton

The photos in a different light.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Michael Middleton

Many media outlets chose to use this version. Which lighting do you prefer?

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The first official photos are not only very special but of historical significance. As Prince George is a future monarch they will be documented and referred to time and time again, so it is obvious a great deal of thought went into the details. At George's christening, which is expected to take place in the autumn, we will see formal photographs, so I must say I absolutely agree with William and Kate's decision to choose relaxed family shots taken in the garden. They look like an incredibly happy family, it's wonderful to see.

The official photos made the cover of several of today's newspapers.

Daily Mail/Metro/Daily Express

A look at The Telegraph and The Scotsman.

The Daily Telegrph/The Scotsman

To celebrate the arrival of the latest addition to the Royal Family, the Royal Collection have released a series of previously unseen images of the Queen as a child. My personal favourite is a photo of the, then, little princess taken in 1926 when she was just five weeks old - roughly the same age as George is now. The images will be published in a commemorative book later this year.

The Royal Collection/PA

Kate looked radiant in the Jolene Dress by Séraphine. The Duchess purchased a dozen dresses from the maternity brand earlier this year and has been photographed wearing them in recent months. The fuchsia knot dress retails for £46.

Séraphine

It is described this way:

'Seraphine's signature knot dress is every pregnant woman's best friend. The empire line fit and flare style lends itself to the pregnant silhouette exuding effortless elegance.'

The Séraphine range is also stocked at John Lewis. The dress was a splendid choice for the relaxed photos, the colour looked beautiful on Kate. She wore her in wavy curls and accessorised with her Annoushka pearl earrings - however, the most noticeable aspect of Kate's look was not what she wore but how happy she looked.

Annoushka

Prince George was wrapped in the Super-Fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl by G.H. Hurt & Son, the same one from St. Mary's Hospital.

G.H. Hurt & Son

Coinciding with release of the photos, a portion of Prince William's CNN interview was released this afternoon. The beaming new father spoke about his first son candidly and how he reminds him of his brother Harry.

'He's a little bit of a rascal. I'll put it that way. He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I'm not sure, but he's doing very well at the moment. He's growing quite quickly actually. But he's a little fighter - he wriggles around quite lot and he doesn't want to go to sleep that much.'

Speaking about how he felt the moment he appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing the Prince said:

'I think more shock was the feeling I felt, but I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine, about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him.
 As any parent knows, you're only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything. It's nice that people want to see George - I'm just glad he wasn't screaming his head off the whole way through.
 The last few weeks for me have been a very different emotional experience, something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.'

Prince William revealed he thinks Kate is doing "a fantastic job" and his family are his number one priority.

Tim Ewart Twitter Feed

It's a lovely interview and William is clearly so happy. He also spoke of how he hopes George continues his conservation work: "I'll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room...lots of bushes..make him grow up as if he's in the bush". You can the video in full at CNN.

CNN

Where are the family now? Kate and George travelled to Anglesey via car last week accompanied by Kate's mother Carole Middleton and the Cambridges' housekeeper/cook Antonella Fresolone.

More from the Mail Online:

'William was seen out and about with Mrs. Middleton while Kate remained at the isolated farmhouse. Sources said Kate 'just feels safest and most secure' with her family particularly when her husband has to work after paternity leave. She believes that no one could be better placed - or more trusted - to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own.'

It is believed Carole Middleton has returned to Berkshire; William reportedly dropped his mother-in-law at the nearest railway station, Bangor. Kate is incredibly close to her mother and I expect having her there was enormously helpful. William is expected to carry out an engagement in Anglesey before leaving and it is quite possible Kate will join him.


As you may have heard, the snapshots were leaked on Twitter a number of hours ago but out of respect for the embargo requested by the Palace we decided not to publish until after midnight. There was much excitement surrounding the photos and they didn't disappoint. I think amateur photographer Michael Middleton did a fine job capturing the family considering he is not a professional,  it wasn't about perfect lighting or technical perfection, rather sharing a glimpse inside the family's first weeks with George.

Thus far I think it's fair to say there has been a mixed reaction to the photos. What did you all think of them? Do you see any early resemblances? :)

154 comments:

  1. Michael Middleton is a fabulous photographer. Did the royals go ahead and release the photos earlier than planned because people leaked them?

    Great post Charlotte. I adore that dress. She looks gorgeous and wills handsome and the baby and lupo adorable! Too bad little Tilly is not looking at us heheh

    I look forward to prince william's tv interview.

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  2. I absolutely LOVE the photos. They look the happiest I have ever seen them! I especially enjoy the one where they are sitting with the dogs. The lightening is perfect and they look so happy and in love with each other and their little boy. I watched the William interview and I have to say, I love him more and more every time I see him. He seems so down to earth and just a lovely person. Charlotte, you blog is amazing. I have read every single post and continue to devour your writing and pictures. Can't wait to see the full interview and Kate in September!

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  3. Brilliant Charlotte, I knew we could count on you to have the pictures and the complete back story. Brava! Brava! John and Joan, East Tennessee.

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  4. Colleen Paige, New York20 August 2013 at 00:18

    Incredible photos! Just love them. They are so happy!! How exciting to see these photos. Thank you, Charlotte!!

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  5. The pic w/Lupo is very sweet and you can see william's hand on Catherine waist

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  6. Hello!

    Just to briefly explain what happened with the embargo for those of you who asked. Basically the Palace released the photos to the press today and they were embargoed until after midnight. I'm sure they have their reasons for choosing these timings and out of respect, the press, particularly the British press usually abide the embargo. However, The Washington Post, BBC etc broke the embargo and released them early. I'm not sure why, obviously it's out of competitiveness but I felt, they kindly shared their family photos and the least press/bloggers could do was respect the release timings.

    I'm not comparing the two by any means but a magazine broke the embargo and released news about Prince Harry fighting in Afghanistan back in 2008. Harry was sent home immediately, but it could have caused a security nightmare and it further damaged William and Harry's relationship with the press.

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    1. I sometimes think the Palace press office is functioning in a different era. To have the photos out there but ask to wait for the release seems asking for trouble. Disppointing to the couple, and to the news agencies who honoured the embargo including you.

      It was just like Christmas where the British press was asked not to take pictures at the church but reputable American and European agencies didn't have that restriction and went ahead and published. Since William is to be one day king of the United Kingdom, the British people and press ought to come first.

      Harry situation may have been unavoidable but there have been enough other incidents including promises of announcements that don't come to make me think the Palace press office needs a shake-up.

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    2. Press embargoes are standard practice in the media industry. Failure to follow them usually results in not being included on the next press release. This is not just the Royal Family but all kinds of businesses and government etc issue embargoes. The press can still plan their stories, paper front pages etc but sometimes there is a need for information to wait - it might jeopardize lives as in a hostage rescue, affect the stock market or something else.

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    3. Anonymous, I agree. It seems like the Palace press office is still operating with some sort of 19th century area mentality and with a belief that the entire world still worships the royal family. To put photos like these, when they are aware of the interest the world press has in William, Kate and their baby, out and then embargo them is just asking for trouble. If you really don't want the photos released, then don't release them until that time. Simple as that. The news business is fiercely competitive in this day and age. They're racing to be the first to get photos that sell publications. The Palace needs a press office that understands that. Also, LJM, that's true about embargoes but it's usually information that's attached. Given the intense media interest in these three, it was just stupid to put the photos out early with an embargo.

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    4. Anonymous, I'd also agree with your last paragraph. It seems like a lot of information regarding William and Kate is either being overhyped, like these photos, or kept oddly silent or purposely wrong, like the information surrounding Kate's due date and the length of her "maternity leave." I know a lot of the Will and Kate-worshippers probably get a chuckle at the media being misled like this but it is extremely unprofessonal, amateurish even and it doesn't reflect well at all on the Palace. It's not gaining the Palace anything, because the press finds out anyway. And it just makes a lot of the public wonder what's really going on behind closed doors. The Palace and William and Kate and Harry's press and PR people would do their employers much more good if they'd just release the information, without overspinning it, and act like professionals.

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    5. I think there is a huge amount of speculation about things that is inaccurate and is not perpetrated by the Palace press office at all. There is nothing old fashioned about the fact that Catherine and William are using their fame and the public's interest in them to heighten the support for causes that they believe in. There is nothing inept or dishonest about using themselves to do good. Deciding to control the release of the baby photos so that media has a chance to prepare their stories and so that the release of the pictures coincides with an interview is just saavy. Additionally, the Palace did not mislead the public about the due date nor the length of the maternity leave. Catherine has every right to keep the exact date private as well as not decide in advance when she will return to work. The tabloids make up suppositions, the unsaavy reader accepts them as facts, then the tabloids make up new suppositions about the supposed facts being wrong. It's really amazing that people believe what is written and then blame the Palace for spinning things. They have behaved 100% professionally and the inability of the average person to not see through the tabloid games and then blame the Palace as the perpetrator is just off the wall.

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  7. I love both of the photos and it's great to see them but in my opinion - Lupo steals the show!

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  8. Can't agree. the expressions are charming, I love the dogs and there is great appeal in such intimate photos but Michael Middleton isn't a good photographer. The lighting is terrible because the sun is in the wrong place. It wouldn't be so bad if it was just the background but it affects the faces. I'm strictly am amateur myself and I know when I look at the digital results with lighting like that, that I need to retake. The photos of William during the interview with the rich color behind him shows all the difference.

    Loved the interview.

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    1. I agree about the difference in lighting, and I'm relieved to know that I am not the only one who was a little disappointed (as I had commented).

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    2. Yes..mixed feelings here, too. I'm happy to see the photos of their lovely family, the parents radiate happiness. But, I'm a bit disappointed, not because we didn't get to see a close-up of Prince George, but because I feel the quality isn't too great for a photo of such historical significance. I wish the back-lighting had been avoided, and the faces look somewhat blurry to me. Oh well, we'll get to see some formal shots later.

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    3. i agree. lovely setting and composition, but the actual picture quality is pretty poor. shooting in dappled sunlight is tough, and they should have taken the photos elsewhere. and with a better camera.

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    4. Beautiful photographs. Everyone looks so happy including baby George. Love them.

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    5. Lynn Georgia USA20 August 2013 at 16:06

      I loved the poses, the ambience, and the intimacy of the photographs, but I much preferred the edited ones that "fixed" Grandpa Middleton's lighting problems! His lighting issues adversely affected the clarity of the little royal family's facial features and expressions. But I thought everyone (including Lupo!) looked wonderful!

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    6. After finding out that these were not taken with the plan of releasing publicly (They were chosen out of family snapshots already taken) I became more forgiving of the technical faults. Wish my snapshots looked that good!

      They really are lovely photos, I have enjoyed looking at them (Hello Lupo!), but I did feel a little disappointed. For one I would have liked to see George better, he looks the same as when he left the hospital. Same blanket even.

      But to get a little deeper- I've always appreciated W&K's determination to be modern and normal. Kate grocery shopping, Will driving the car from the hospital... It certainly is refreshing in a special way. But now I almost feel like: "W&K broke protocol again? Yawn!" One of the best things about the monarchy is tradition and link to the past, and sometimes it's a letdown when certain traditions are ended. Like George's birth announcement being a press release first instead of the easel. Hopefully the christening will be the same royal affair of the past!

      And maybe we could finally get Kate in a tiara I'll be more forgiving ;)

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    7. I actually think the press release was a damage control avoidance issue. As William did not allow the announcement to be made when the birth occurred they were probably fearful it would leak out from the hospital and it would like they were hiding the birth. Working for a headstrong prince is not always easy. In his interview he mentions he is headstrong which is not always good.

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  9. I would have liked to have seen a close up of baby George..

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  10. Rose from Montreal, Canada20 August 2013 at 00:32

    Thank you thank you Charlotte. The wait was well worth it. Wonderful photos. Kudos to William and Kate for choosing to release photos taken by her father. They look so proud and happy. Great of them to include the two dogs also. This must be such an emotional time for Kate and William. Prince George was sleeping as babies are fond of doing. Wish we could see his eyes open but we will in time. Absolutely look her dress, such a wonderful color and looks so good on her. Have a great evening all.

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  11. I almost feel guilty saying this, but I have mixed feelings. The informality is refreshing, their happiness is wonderful to see, and I think including Lupo was a sweet touch, but I had hoped we would see better shots of the baby. Does anyone else agree? :)

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    1. I agree - they look over the moon but I want to see George's little face!!

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    2. Yeah... I'm disappointed too.

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA20 August 2013 at 03:47

      Royalfan, that was my one disappointment was not seeing little George's face more. :-( I'm hoping some shots from Balmoral or the christening will bring a front view close up. I guess we'll see!

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    4. Royalfan, you resumed also my mixture feelings well. The photos are neither hit nor miss for me, I just somehow expected something more.
      For me the parents more then everything look tired - which is fine and candid :) As a dog lover and loving owner of retriever lady and cockerspaniel I appreciate they included their dogs too.

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    5. I agree. The photos outside the Lindo Wing were much better, much more relaxed and less posed AND the baby's eyes and hands were visible. I thought those photos were much more animated and personal than these are.

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  12. Marci in Salt Lake20 August 2013 at 00:42

    I love the photos! Despite the lighting problem, the faces are very detailed and clear, and clearly the choice was made to show us the wonderful charm of a loving family. Let those with photo-editing software work their magic; otherwise these are great pictures.

    Shame on those who broke the embargo. Thank you, Charlotte, for your integrity as well as for all else you do.

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  13. Keeping in mind that these are not professional photos, I quite like them. I immediately noticed the sunshine on William's forehead and agree that the photo should have been retaken, but it's not a bad photo. They are an adorable family and I am happy that they included the dogs too. I, too would have liked to have seen a closeup of George (and one in which he was awake!).

    I waited to see the photos on your blog, Charlotte. Why would I bother to look elsewhere?

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    1. I agree about wanting to see them on Charlotte's blog. I logged into my email and People Magazine had sent an email that the photos had been released. I didn't even look at them. I came right over to HRHDuchessKate because I knew Charlotte would have them. Thank you, Charlotte, for all that you do.

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    2. That's terrible kind, thank you!

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA20 August 2013 at 03:49

      I said it in my post, but I waited to check here first. I was DYING to check this afternoon, but had to wait until tonight. Charlotte, you did a brilliant job with the post! You are wonderful!

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  14. I agree with royalfan. They are fine pictures of Will and Cate, but it is exactly the same view of Prince George that we saw at the hospital. I'm a little bummed they didn't release a photo of just George. Oh well, in time...

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  15. Aww, the pictures are absolutely wonderful and did not disappoint at all! I have to say I'm quite happy Will and Kate decided to go with the informal approach and release photos taken by the family. It has more intimate yet sweet appeal. I just wish there were more photos and I did so hope George would have his eyes open! Well, maybe next time. As for Mr. Middleton's photography - I think he did an excellent job of capturing the happiness and elation of his daughter and son-in-law, and that for me makes the best picture. I love that they included Lupo in the picture - so sweet =) I love the dress Kate's wearing, as others have stated above the color looks simply flattering on her. And I thoroughly enjoyed William's interview. You can truly tell he has been changed by the birth of George he looks so happy. And we are all the more happier for him and Kate =)

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  16. Those are gorgeous pictures. To begin with, I had mixed emotions about the first official photographs not being taken by a "professional" since Prince George is a future king. However, when you said there would be official ones at his christening, it make much more sense. Now, I think it is AWESOME that the first photographs were taken by Grandfather Michael Middleton. It is just so heartwarming how Prince William is not only including them in the royal family, but giving them a place of importance. So much has been made of how in the past in laws were pretty much excluded, so it is so nice to see how much the Middletons are a part of the life of this little future King. Kate is beaming but so is William. He seems to have an extra spark in his step.

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  17. I don't consider it "official photos". The trio is gorgeous, but the photo is so ordinary...

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  18. Charlotte thanks for all you do.can you believe the daily mail is saying Mr Middleton took bad photos as he directed the shot into the sun? It is so rude the photos are beautiful and he is not professional but did a fantastic job to me

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  19. the pics certainly capture the family's happiness and relaxed contentment. but i found the pics a little blurry and poorly lit.

    love kate's dress - great color!

    will's interview was great! he was funny, and so clearly happy with his new baby!

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    1. William reminded me so much of Princess Diana in the video!

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  20. These pictures are absolutely delightful!!George is such a cutie-pie!!Grandpa Michael has taken amazing pictures,,Im so glad they took natural pictures rather than posing for stiff formal pictures!I was hoping there would be pictures of pictures in his nursery, maybe they will post more pictures when George is a bit older.I love the picture with both the dogs in the picture,,it looks like THE perfect family picture!Thank You Charlotte for all the information. Love your blog!!!!xoxo

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  21. They look wonderful--Kate just looks better than ever. Clearly so happy!

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  22. I really like these beautiful family photos. The love and pride of the Duke & Duchess just *beam* out of the pictures! Both William & Kate look fantastic. I do prefer the lightened photos so that one can see everyone's face more clearly.

    What a shame that some media outlets had to leak the photos early. :o/ As MsHappyHiker and Rachel said, I just waited for you to post the pictures, which you did with your usual speed and lovely narrative. Thank you so much, Charlotte, for another excellent post.

    Oh...I think George looks a LOT like William. I had to laugh when William referred to George being somewhat feisty as I remember well how it was reported that William was quite a handful as a toddler. :o)

    Julie

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA20 August 2013 at 03:54

      Julie, I think George looks like William also. I did laugh in the video when Wills describes George as a "rascal". My first thought was Andrew and Sarah's wedding...LOL!!! Wonder if this is a foreshadowing into the future? :-)

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    2. Oh Kate! I'd forgotten William's antics at that wedding! :oD He was definitely a handful! I loved that Diana nicknamed him "Wombat". <3

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  23. I'm a little disappointed. When they announced they were going to be family photos, I had hopes for something with a more 'family' feel to them.. These (lighting issues aside - fixed at least somewhat with editing) could have been taken by any old photographer procured by the palace. I thinking I was hoping for something less posed. As always they look lovely, but a picture of George alone would have been nice. Maybe as he gets older and more mobile.

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  24. These photos clearly aren't perfect, professional shots, but they are beautiful, showing a happy small family. I am mostly bummed out because they didn't include more varied shots, (as mention by others:) e.g. a solo picture of George, especially one where he is awake, or a picture of just George and Kate, etc. But then I think of their sleep deprivation and need for privacy, and can understand that they didn't want their time together interrupted by several 'photo sessions'. Now I am looking forward to future photos.

    Thanks Charlotte for this post - you are my one source for Kate-updates. I know you are the most reliable, and don't even bother looking anywhere else. I really appreciate all you do here! A.M., Seattle, WA

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  25. The stars of the photos Lupo aside are William and Kate. They are just beaming. Baby George is just too little. He hasn't developed his Georgeness yet. If you just took William's face from the Snowden pictures and put it with other babies, you couldn't pick him out but if you used the photo of an older William from NZ you could. We just have to wait for George to get a bit older and develop his looks and personality. Hopefully, the paparazzi guy in a tree in Angelesy can get out of it since the first pictures are out.

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  26. Pauline Oak Hills20 August 2013 at 02:51

    Thank you Charlotte for bring us these great photos. William & Kate looked more in love then ever. With their baby boy in her arms, they look like a wonderful family. These photos taken by Granpa Mike were beautiful. I agree with their choices to have the first one's of baby George to be personal. There is one of just Kate & George. Did you see that one? I saw it on fb, but maybe they just cut William out of it just to show Kate & George.

    We will get the professional ones when they christen George. And they will be beatuiful too.

    I do have to say that Kate looked just so beautiful and William was just beaming with pride. And during the interview this morning I loved it when William stated his priorities, Kate, George and Lupo. He was one proud husband & new daddy during his interview. And you could tell just how much he love's his wife and son.

    Thanks again for this great blog.

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  27. Does anyone else think that George's hair is reddish? Loved Lupo's pink tongue. Isn't it too early to tell what color the baby's eyes will be?

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA20 August 2013 at 03:57

      I thought George's hair did have a hint of ginger to it! Not too sure if it's the lighting or not. Maybe he'll have Uncle Harry's hair and personality...LOL!!!

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    2. I wasn't sure with the lighting, but I thought I saw a hint of it.

      And Kate, LOL at him taking after Harry. Wouldn't THAT make it an interesting ride for his parents! :)

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  28. i just love the photo they look lovely i love the grandpa take and lupo steal the picture and love its bigger and i love the video trying to video of prince william interview

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  29. Good night, my friends!
    I can't see a reason to complain! The photos are absolutely gorgeous, showing a lovely and happy family... Lupo and Tilly added an extra "family aura"!
    Michael must be really proud of himself, for a non-professional, he did a fantastic job!
    As I've said before, I completely support your decision to wait before publishing the photos!
    I was really curious to see color of George's eyes! But I guess I'll need to wait :)
    Thank you for this post and thank you also for your exemplar caracter. You are a real gem to journalism these days!
    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  30. i find the video for those
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ebDp53QDro

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  31. Kate, Texas, USA20 August 2013 at 03:45

    I was up throughout the night checking the blog for pictures and had to wait until tonight to get to my computer! Oh these pictures make me happy! Simple and gorgeous! The Cambridges are such a beautiful family. Both William and Kate are beaming with pride! They look very relaxed and happy. Kate looks amazing for getting very little sleep as William has hinted at. :-) I wanted to post before reading other comments, but wondering what others thought? The lighting was not good, but considering they wanted informal shots in the garden, I think Mr. Middleton did an ok job. I think it's sweet and heartwarming that they were taken by Grandpa at the Middleton home. As much I want to see a formal shot, they will come and these capture the love and warmth of home and family. Just have to say again, aren't they a beautiful family?!?!?!

    One disappointment... I wish there was a close up or front shot of George's face. I loved the first pics released of William that he is facing the camera. I know they will come in the future, but want to see his face more. From what I can see, I think he resembles William. So hard to tell at this age. Looks like his hair will start off light, maybe even a hint of ginger?

    LUPO! He is SUCH a cutie! I'm glad they included him in the picture! You can tell what an important place he has in the family. :-)

    I am really looking forward to William's full interview. He seemed very relaxed and a bit giddy. You know immediately how incredibly proud he is of Kate and George. I loved that he said his priorities are, "Catherine and our little George". I think William is in a very good place in life. He's more relaxed, more happy, and certainly has taken to becoming a father. I truly believe great things lie ahead for him, Kate, and George. I just feel incredibly happy for them.

    Charlotte, thank you for bringing such a wonderful post to us! I was very annoyed at those who broke the embargo. Why can't everyone follow the rules? Ugh. Thank you for being considerate of what the Palace asked and waiting to post. You always bring the news in an exciting, refreshing, and respectful way! You truly are the best and I am SO appreciative!

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    1. Kate, I too thought it was great that he said his priorities are Catherine and George. How remarkable and refreshing for a member of the royal family, AND how very proud Diana would be.

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  32. I was hoping to see Prince George in his baby clothes and not swaddled in a blanket, so from that standpoint I was disappointed. Then I thought of William calling George a "rascal" and stating the he doesn't sleep very much. Babies who are somewhat cranky (only guessing based on William's comments) do much better when swaddled. It's probably for the good of all that a sleeping, swaddled George is pictured with his happy parents. :)

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  33. I loved them, sure they could be better, with the lighting and focus but the relaxed atmosphere and with Lupo being in them was a really nice touch. We share the same taste in dogs! I was secretly hoping he would be wrapped in the Shawl that NZ gifted to them.

    The dress was a lovely colour.

    If this is the taster, I can't wait for the official ones. I really hope there is one with the Queen and all the generations together. And maybe George awake.

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  34. Watching from the colonies the photos are what they should be ...a family album. Happy and natural.... you feel the love of William and Catherine.

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    1. Yes! Family snaps taken by a proud and happy Granddad. The christening will be time for the formal 1000 years of monarchy style. I find all newborns look just alike so look forward much more to George's first birthday photo when his personality will be clear to all, not only his adoring patents. They and Lupo look alive and deliriously happy. The kid is asleep.

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  35. That baby is beautiful! Absolutely perfect.

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  36. I love these pictures , very sweet,nature and lovely .

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    1. A big Warm Welcone to you Icy :-) !!!

      I don't think I've seen you post before.

      Love the photos... Wish we could have see tiny fingers and toes too.

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  37. Theresa, from Paris20 August 2013 at 06:12

    Beautiful ! They are beaming with happiness... I find it sweet that there wasn't a professional photographer called in. I'm sure there will be one for the christening... I just love the way William seems to have grown up some more (especially when he talks about his family in the CNN interview). Just wonderful... The Duchess is gorgeous. I love the color of the dress. I'm really happy for them.

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  38. Glad to at last formally meet Tilly who has shown up occasionally ever since her appearance at polo some years ago. A pity there wasn't a better shot of her = she is a very pretty dog.

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  39. Charlotte (and all other ladies), do you ever feel like the Duchess has everything and it's hard not to envy her? How do you deal with such a feeling? I'm happy for her but I feel like it's strange that she has absolutely everything - family, money, looks, love, good life and now a baby too! - and life is just so perfect for her in every way imaginable. She has it all of the very best in every aspect of her life. Does God only like some people and doesn't give a fig about others? Even Diana had some things but not others (looks, babies, money, but not love for instance). Why is that?

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    1. I feel the same. But we have to remember we can have all have that too. You may not marry a prince, but u can still get everything u want in life. Ever since becoming a fan of kates, I started working out, joined a charity, learned how to carry confidence and class in public, and married my best friend. U can have it all as well if you just make it happen as kate has.

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    2. Claudia, Austria20 August 2013 at 20:18

      Anonymous - you enumerated lots of things Kate definitely has (and I'm happy for her), but there is one thing she will never have again: total liberty. No matter where she goes, what she does, there are people out there (professional photographers and individuals) who are taking photos of her. We not only saw official photos taken on formal events or on events related to her charities, we also saw snapshots of her when she was shopping, running errands, taking a walk in a park/on a beach, going to cinema, etc, even intrusive holiday photos. Moreover, she is being scrutinized and discussed on countless internet sites, be it a discussion forum, newspaper site, blog etc. and by far not always in a polite way. And all that is the reason why I don't envy her for a second - I couldn't live with that, I wouldn't want to be photographed wherever I go, I wouldn't want total strangers to discuss my life. She knew very well what she was getting into when her relationship to William became serious, she knew that as the future Queen consort she will be a public figure, and it seems she decided that she will be able to live with that situation, which is good for her.

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    3. Amen, Claudia! Not only did Kate know what she was getting into, she waited for seven years to get it! She had plenty of time and much more extreme pressure from the media than she's got now and obviously wanted to be a princess enough to stick with it through all of that. She was followed by the media back then and didn't have the extraordinary levels of protection that she's got now. And she still stuck with it.

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    4. Claudia, thank you for your answer! I however feel like the things you've mentioned aren't that big a deal AND she was lucky (again) to marry a Prince who's fighting for their privacy and the chance to live somewhat normal. I'm sure Prince Charles never even thought of doing the same for Diana, because he knew it was his job to be a Prince if he wanted to keep all the privileges.
      Gossip? I'm sure she doesn't even pick up papers of that sort. And who reads Internet forums?
      Picture taking? How many pictures (compared to those they took of Diana or today's american celebrities) have you seen of her going about town? If they harassed her in the past, well, that was in the past, it doesn't affect her now.
      So yeah, I don't see how there can be anything that would not make anyone feel envious of her situation.

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    5. Theresa, from Paris20 August 2013 at 23:23

      I understand how people can envy her, but none of us is in her skin and heart and soul. She probably has insecurities and worries, just as we do, but in a different way. Of course she is very privileged, but she is also a target for any madman or terrorist who could try and kill her or kidnap her baby (Princess Anne was nearly kidnapped once). Her police protection is not only against the paps ! Famous people are always at risk. Prince Charles was attacked once by a guy with a knife. His uncle Mountbatten died in a bomb attack. Remember the tennis player Monica Seles who was attacked on a tennis court by a madman with a knife ? So she must also accept those risks, which I would hate to face, especially with a baby now.

      As to God, I believe he cares for all of his children. He cares about the soul, not about looks or money or status. Some have to overcome so many odds, that is true, but light does shine through if you try and look for it. Our lives can be so full even if we face many hardships along the way. That is why I try to rejoice in other people's good fortune. As the bouddist beliefs go : rejoice in all that is happy and good, and it will come back to you a thousand times ;-)

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    6. Diane from Boston21 August 2013 at 03:18

      Well said, Theresa. We each of us have the capacity for joy!

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    7. CJ in Minneapolis21 August 2013 at 04:57

      I was thinking the very thing the other day. I look at how much she is loved by everyone around her. That is a great blessing. I was very sad the other night not feeling very loved. Its at those times when I get depressed I reallly step back and to look and be grateful for all the things I am blessed with. We all have our trials in life and sometimes having "everything" is the greatest trial of all...

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    8. Claudia, Austria21 August 2013 at 10:35

      Anonymous - thank you for your answer. I agree that Kate will probably not even read newspaper reports, blogs etc. about herself, and that's a healthy attitude because reading these sorts of things about yourself will only drive you slightly crazy. It's also true that William does everything to ensure privacy for his family. However personally I wouldn't want that life. If it wouldn't be a big deal for you, then it's good for you, and under that circumstances I can see how you can feel envious of Kate.

      As others have said, I also think that everyone can have a happy life, you don't need to marry a Prince or any other wealthy person, own expensive cars and several houses, go on holidays to exotic places, etc. I believe that luck in life doesn't depend on that, and that envy (as understandable as it might be) is a negative feeling and won't help you to achieve personal happiness. For me personally, the most important thing is health, to stay true to yourself, and to think positive. If you exude positivity, you will get it back. Smile at others and they will smile back. It's in your own capacity to be happy or unhappy. Even if you maybe don't yet have everything you dream of, that doesn't mean you can't achieve it. And sometimes, less is more, at least in my opinion.

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    9. Carrie,, I agree with what you said,,I have had those very same changes ever since I have become a fan of Kate's. I also applaud how she conducts herself in front of her inlaws--specially the Queen,so yes, we can have what she has,,,even without the HRH Title :)

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    10. I bet you'd all be surprised by how much attention that Kate's staff, if not Kate herself, pays to blogs like this and media reports. In this digital age, social media and blogs as well as the old media are a barometer of public opinion. Keeping tabs on what people are saying is a way for anyone in the spotlight to know how popular they are and what particular actions or outfits or even speeches have been a hit and which have been misses. Their job IS to be public and they know that, even as much as they give the impression they couldn't care less. And you better believe they're keeping track of what the public is saying about them.

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  40. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!!!
    I think little George´s nose is definitely Prince William´s as are the lips....
    Lovely to see them together like that and a great idea to choose the doting grandpa as photographer - as any "normal" familiy would do, right?
    Thanks again so much!! Eve

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  41. As a photographer, I know why some people are disappointed with these photos because they are not professional, the lighting could have been better etc etc. But I think that they are missing the point... these photos are taken by Michael Middleton, and I'm sure any granddad would be proud to have taken these photos for his family album. It just so happens that the whole world has seen them now!
    William & Kate obviously wanted to prove that they are just like any normal couple who have had their first child, and they want to be able to relax and enjoy those first precious months.

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  42. Jean from Lancs.20 August 2013 at 08:45

    Fantastic blog, Charlotte and lovely photos---the sort we all have in our albums of our new borns.
    Seemingly they were taken a couple of weeks ago, when a posed photo is difficult, without an upset baby. We will have those kind of photos at the Christening and maybe the awaited, historic four generations one, a little earlier.
    Mum and Dad look so happy (if rather tired), whilst the little one looks content.
    Pity some people did not stick to the embargo---obviously they didn't wish to clash with the photos of the Queen.

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  43. Claudia, Austria20 August 2013 at 09:11

    I like the photos very much, they look like a really happy family and it's sweet to include the dogs too. The lightning was actually the first thing I noticed, maybe it was a deliberate choice? Anyway, I think if they would have wanted "professional" photos, they would have asked a professional photographer to take them. They decided to go another way and release family photos first, and I think Mr. Middleton did a very good job. The professional photos will come soon enough.
    And besides looking happy and radiant, Kate also looks gorgeous in that dress - I love the fuchsia color on her, she should wear such hues more often!
    Charlotte, I have a question regarding the christening (I know it's a little early for that, so maybe there isn't any information yet): do you happen to know if it will be televised or private? I'm not familiar with christenings in the BRF so I have no idea if it will be a bigger thing or not - I was just thinking of the christening of Princess Estelle of Sweden last year that was a bigger event and was televised in several countries.

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  44. They look happy, they look casual. Which is fine, and all families have those type of pictures...but I WILL say, (and I have had 3 kids!) that the first few weeks are a WONDERFUL time to get a professional photo, something I learned a bit too late...I only did baby number 3 newborn professional shots...Babies have such a different look as newborns, and it goes too quickly. They need a professional photo, if only for themselves and I hope they do get one--regardless of whether they release it to the media and royal fans like me!!!

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  45. Kate, Texas, USA20 August 2013 at 12:52

    Up and taking another quick peek at the beautiful pictures. I just want to cuddle and kiss sweet George! Such a precious gift! He looks so very sweet and content in his mummy's arms. :-)

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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  46. I cannot believe all the vitirol on Twitter and elsewhere of these lovely family pictures. They are that, family pictures. The people who are critiquing the pictures have forgotten about the real meaning of these pictures. Who cares about the lighting, etc. What I see is total love in these pictures. KP has said that more formal pictures will be taken at George's baptism and maybe by photocall by a media photographer (at least that is what I read on the express.co.uk. Why can't people just be happy for this young couple who are like any other young couple who have just had a baby.

    If I were W&K, I would not release any pictures from now on if this is what is going to happen every time. So the photographers or professionals could not make huge money off these pictures. I think that is the real reason everyone is up in arms about these so called "unprofessional" pictures.

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    1. Diane from Boston21 August 2013 at 03:24

      Agree agree 100%! Why on earth does anyone think theseg parents "owe" the world a share of their child? They have graciously shared family photos with millions of unknown people. I very much have enjoyed seeing the pictures, this little family looks happy, the baby is darling. That's it!

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  47. Z. from Portugal20 August 2013 at 15:13

    I love the photos, my favourite is the one with the dogs! :) Kate looks wonderful and happy, her dress has a lovely colour, her smile is beaming. It seems she has less make up than usual, wich gives her a radiant natural look!

    William looks tired, wich is no surprise, because I have a feeling that George is giving them some hard sleepless nights (and days, too) :)

    The baby is absolutely gorgeous and looks very healthy, but I expected him to be awake and dressed with some other kind of clothes. I think he has a mix of resemblances: he has Kate's cheeks (when she was a baby) and William's nose ;))

    Once again, thank you Charlotte! As someone said: you're my source for Kate-updates, I don't look anywhere else.
    Hugs!
    Z.

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  48. Love these pictures, very sweet , lovely family .

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  49. I love em! Kate looks stunning and I commented on FB last night to...that the pics look planned to some level because, really, what new mom looks that gorgeous just hanging out in the backyard with her 3 week old baby and the dog? Maybe its just a royalty thing, or maybe she just really genuinely doesnt have to try AT ALL to be amazing (LOL) but I do get the sense that this entire thing was planned early and thus she had an outfit planned, her hair done and make applied. Either which way, I think the picture is fantastic!

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  50. Manyv people are dispointed about the pictures of the cambridges luck history i guess but they are happy

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  51. This is a lovely post. Thank you for it and for respecting the release date. And I love the discussions here.

    I really like the photos. I believe Mr. Middleton's affection for William and Catherine really shines through and thiers for him. I love that I can see Catherine's freckles. I believe these posed shots by Grandad fit with William's desire to be 'normal'.

    I am in 'advanced middle age' and I have never yet met a normal person. I don't think they exist! I believe we are all very special in our own way. I understand William's desire to pursue what he believes in normal while he can, since his future is so decided for him. It is lovely that they are both sharing themselves with us in their own way and style. The professional photos will come and Kate will have a hand in choosing the photographer and they will be fabulous.
    Canadian Leah

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  52. It's so fun to see these! I think they are just deliberate but casual photos taken and released as a kindness of Kate and William to give something to the public fairly quickly. It was probably like – “hey, the weather’s nice today, George is behaving (no “rascal” behavior), we’re feeling up to it, your hair's looking good, Lupo just got a bath - why don’t we do a few quick shots outside for public release, like we said we would do? Check that of our list?" This would explain why the content of the photos are great (of course!), but they were probably done fairly quickly. Not a lot of creativity or thought in them, so they just whet the appetite for something more and better. Which we will get in due course!

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  53. I have a couple of points to make, both of which will be unpopular in this crowd. Firstly, I thought the pictures were neither here nor there. Not candids, yet completely amateurish. Clearly the couple were posing - yet there was no attention to the basics of photography. So I guess I don't understand the point of the pictures, except maybe that the convey the warmth of the new family and of course Kate herself looks beautiful.

    My second point is that I was a bit shocked that the Cambridge's broke off long-standing tradition simply because it was inconvenient to schedule a photographer. I am sure it would have been disruptive, but other royal families have been doing it - the Swedes, the Danes etc. Regular people do it too - it's fun for heaven's sake ! I also feel that it is a small price to pay for the adulation, adoration that they already receive, not to mention access to bottomless public funds. I think that the public will soon tire of the Cambridge's moaning and groaning over having to be a 'public' couple. Bask in the love, don't poo-poo it - enjoy this adulation, enjoy the love people seem to have for your child. Why take it for granted and show tradition and the public such an overt middle finger ?

    Compared to other royal European princes (and there are quite a few of them) who have accepted their position with grace and humility William comes across as crass, entitled, ungrateful and just a tad obnoxious.

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    1. Hi Portia,

      I have to agree with you. I would have liked to see more regal, royal photos and my concern is that Will and Kate are taking the royal family down a too common path. If they are seen as too common and are just like us, then why should they be around? I am in the US, so I have always been fascinated with the royal family, so I would hate to see this happen.

      I also think William needs to back off on the "I just want to be normal" routine. He clearly doesn't understand what it truly means -- having to live paycheck to paycheck, going unpaid if you have health problems and run out of sick time, the 8-10 hr days, 5 days a week, Not being able to go anywhwere on vacation because you can't afford it, having to clean and repair your own home, yardwork, getting the cars fixed. It shows a lack of appreciation for what he does have -- and what he does have is a result of the British people. He needs to show some more appreciation by not complaining so much. Yes, we know he'd like not to be in the public eye, but that's the price he has to pay for the luxury that he has been born into. And when he says he wants to be normal, it's almost an insult....I've seen both sides and trust me, Will, your side is better!

      I don't think he means to be disrespectful or ungrateful, however, that is how he is coming off and it's starting to get old.

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    2. Catherine looks her usual perfectly lovely self; but William looks a bit tense/tired/forced to me. Anyone else think so?

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    3. Lynn, I agree with everything you said.
      I think that if William did really get a chance to swap his life for a regular person's he would get tired of it quite easily and would be asking to swap right back ! It is easy to think that they have all these pressures and stress and that their lives are hard. But when you lay it all out on a balance sheet, I suspect that many many people would gladly take the pressures and stress of the Cambridge's lives over their own and happily swap places with them. No one has an easy life. That is what being human is about. But I think that we can all agree that there are degrees of difficulty. And the degree of difficulty that they face is pretty low on a scale of 1 to 10, in my belief.

      William does not know what he scorns or what he yearns for. I hope that the Middletons - who seem to be a sensible bunch, give him the kick in the pants he deserves !

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    4. "Too common"? Don't make me laugh. Name a "common" new mother who works and who can take as much time as she wants off to spend with her new baby, or who can "get to know" her new baby in the comfort of a multi-million dollar mansion with a private pool and surrounded by security. Or another couple who can jet off to the Caribbean whenever they want for a vacation. Or who can afford two or three multimillion-dollar, 50-room "apartments" with servants to look after their every wish, need and whim. There's nothing common or "next door" about the royals or William and Kate at all. Her parents are multimillionaires and she's had a very privileged life too, which a lot of people seem to keep forgetting. If William wants privacy and a "normal life," then he needs to abdicate for himself and his son and let Harry be the heir to the heir to the throne. Then he and Kate and their kids can go live at one of their homes in peace and quiet, just like Edward VII did after he abdicated.

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    5. I also agree with you, Portia. I frequent a couple of other blogs that report on the other European royal families, and William (in my opinion, of course), seems least content with his position, his role, his responsibilities.

      I happen to think that no matter what your occupation is, high or low, royal or not, doing one's job well is deserving of respect and admiration. It *appears* William would prefer a different job. He puts forth the minimum of effort and time required (by whomever makes the rules about that...?)

      The media and fans make so many excuses for the Cambridges about doing behind the scenes work. But, anyone can do behind the scenes work. Normal, non-royals can do behind the scenes work. Members of the royal family are supposed to be faces and visible representations of the monarchy, no? If they want to do work outside the scope of the camera, they ought to do it in addition to putting in face time.

      So, again, I agree. The royals are not normal, and they shouldn't expect to be. Truly, it's just irritating to read over and over about how normal they want to be. The informal, casual, "normal" photos are a bit of a let down.

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    6. Jean from Lancs.20 August 2013 at 22:17

      For Heaven's sake, where did all that hate come from?
      Until his contract ends next month, William has a full time job, doing royal duties when he is off-duty from that.
      These photos were taken when the baby was 2 weeks old---suitable formal pictures will be taken at the Christening.
      3 50 room apartments? You must be aware that is untrue, so why say it?
      There are several of you that most obviously hate these particular royals, so why read about them? The Daily Mail would love to have your comments.

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    7. Diane from Boston21 August 2013 at 03:29

      Jean, let me just say, I love you. Such vitriol for a nice young couple happy about their first baby. Ugh. Have some compassion, people.

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    8. CJ in Minneapolis21 August 2013 at 05:23

      I think Portia, Lynn, Elizabeth and JL have very respectful comments. I don't see any hate at all. Its great that Charlotte published their comments and values well thought opinions from everyone.

      William has made it very clear that being a prince is not something that he would have chosen as a destiny for himself if he had a choice. I agree that the Crown princes and princesses in Europe seem to just step up to the plate of royal duties without much fuss or distain. They have all studied at universities - some overseas, married for the most part "normal" common people like the rest of us. Luckily for them, their spouses have stepped up to the plate and accepted the duties of royal life. I think that Kate is doing the same but perhaps William at times is holding her back because of his dislike of public life.

      I feel the pictures are what they are - pictures of a very happy family. They are nice photos and the family looks very well. George is very precious. However, given the status of this particular family, I would think that they would want to put their very best foot forward. Kate is a very experienced photographer - perhaps a little help for her father in setting up the shot was needed. Why not "fix" the lightning themselves instead of letting the media "fix" the pictures? I seems to me that William "had" to give the public a couple of pictures and he did his duty and moved on.

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    9. Pauline Oak Hills21 August 2013 at 07:07

      CJ- I don't think William dislikes public life. I think he does not like the media & the paps ivalding his privacy. Even though his life is public they are entitled some privacy. When they are on royal engagements then yes the press has the right to take phots but when they are not on a royal engagement then their life is to be treated as private. William has hated the media since he was a little boy. So it is nothing new. Just more so now that his mother died being chased by the media & paps.

      I feel he just does not want his wife and child being chased by the paps. He want's to protect them. He has all the right in the world to do this.

      William know's what he has to do in the future but right now he is still a full time RAF pilot and not a full time working royal. I don' think he will be in the near futur either. He is still going to be in teh military. I beleive he is going back into the Blues & Royals. He has the full backing of his grandmother the Queen and his father.

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    10. William DOES have a choice. He can take himself out of the line of succession at any time.

      The photographs are OK, but personally I'd like to see the baby. We've got lots of photos of William and Kate to look at. The Queen just released some photos, and there's a lovely one of her in her bassinet at about George's age. I wish William and Kate would have included one that spotlighted him as well.

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    11. I think there are people on these fan sites who underneath it all have great animosity for the the subjects of the sites. Apparently, they do not hear how judgmental their statements are.

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  54. Lovely, lovely pictures of a first grandchild taken by a very proud grandpa. As it should be!!!

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  55. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kate! She looks fabulous - she is so gorgeous and she looks almost back to her old shape already. She has a different look to her as well...I can't place it. Does she look different to me because I know she's a mother or does she look different because she is a mother?

    I really like the photos, but would have felt better if they had done official "Royal" photos and then released these family snapshots. My concern is that in their efforts to be like everyday people, that they will become too everyday, too common and thus, if they are just like us, then what is all of the fuss about? The royal family is supposed to be special and regal. As much as they may not like it, they have to be a little above the rest of us --that's why they've lasted so long. Otherwise, I think there will be even more backlash about the cost of the royal family and also a loss of wonder at them. Why pay attention to them if they are just like us?

    Please don't everyone attack me -- I don't think they have gotten there yet, but I think they are walking a fine line and I worry about them crossing it.

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    1. Pauline Oak Hills20 August 2013 at 21:34

      Hi Lynn from CA. I am not going to attack you but can you please explain to me what you mean by they might become to common. William know's what his job in the future is and what he has to do in the mean time. He even made statements to that in his interview yesterday.

      I don't think just becasue he wants to do thing his way is going to make them to common. William is doing things his way becasue that is who his mother was bring he & Harry up to do. He will keep the press at bay and not let them get to close to the love of his life Kate and their beautiful baby boy George. When the time come's he & Kate will teach George the ropes. He will continue to be very protective of his family. He made that very clear in the interview, they are his top priorities. And I believe that he has the backin gof the Queen & his father.

      This couple is very special and will continue to be the back bone of the royal family. It was because of Kate the the royal family is back in good grace with the people of England. And with William's love & guidance she will continue to grow and be more loved.

      And I would say to you don't worry they will not cross your line. They are the bright light of the royal family and the people of England.

      Fronm one California to another I hope you have a great day.

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    2. As a third californian, not sure what that means, I agree with Lynn the CAmbridges are quick to make changes and public moods can be changeable as Heidi Klum says one day you are in and the next you are out.

      All it can take is another recession and royals who do not want to give service except behind the scenes, hiding in the mother's garden etc and the monarchy will go , if not in the UK certainly in the commonwealth.

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    3. Hi Pauline Oak Hills,

      I totally agree with you. Don't get me wrong -- they are both fabulous and I pray to god that I live long enough to see them reign. I guess what I mean is that I just don't think they should act like the rest of us do. The pomp and circumstance, the heritage, etc is what sets them apart. Sure, they are rich but a lot of people are rich. This family is royal and far fewer can claim to be royal, so I think they should conduct themselves in an elitist way....otherwise, what would set them apart from other regular rich people?

      I am struggling to really quantify what I am trying to say. I love the fact that Kate buys things that the rest of us can buy (although with some saving first), which shows economy in these times. But at the same time, I don't think she should go grocery shopping or do things like that because everybody does that. Does that make sense? I guess it just depends on one's perspective. For instance, if Kate were to be seen at some point at the grocery store with Prince George in the shopping cart, I would probably cringe. Some people, on the other hand, would think it's refreshing and fabulous and think, "Wow, that's great - they're just like us." I guess I don't want to think of them as just like us. I want them to stay regal, elite and on their pedestal. I guess that's the best way I can explain it. Sorry.

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    4. Pauline Oak Hills21 August 2013 at 06:53

      HI Lynn for Ca.- I get what you are trying to say but you have to understand that William even though he is a raoyal he want's his family to lead as normal life as possible. He know's where he stands as to his duty to his country. I believe and correct me if I am wrong that you want him to be just like his dad. To have servants and bulters and all but that is not William. I have no idea how old you are and that does not matter here but you have to remeber William, Kate, and Harry are the new royals. They are young and have their own ideas.

      Now I would worry if the Queen was but she seems to be on the same page as William. Remember they all have to do basicaly what she says. And so far she is letting William lead his life his way.

      Do you think it is wrong for them not to have a house full of servants? i beleive that once they get moved into their apt.1A they will have to have a small number of help but they will nevr have as many as Charles does. That is not how William & Kate are going to live. And I think her days of grocery shopping are numbered. But I would not go crazy if she took George and went shopping.

      They will never be a common family but they will be a different knod of royal family. And by tht I mean they still will do things William's way and no one will tell him how to live his life nor how to treat his family. I beleive that the Queen & Charles have learn a big lesson with the way they treated William's beloved mother and they will not repeart it with William & Kate.

      I do not think that William and Kate are just like you or me or any other person on this blog. But they will live their life as normal to them as possilbe.

      Now since we both have expressed our own opinions can we lay this issue to rest. We can continue to beat thsi to death but there is no reason to. I respect your opinion and I hope you do the same to me.










      th have expressed our opinions and we don't agree but that is ok.

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    5. CJ in Minneapolis21 August 2013 at 13:33

      Lynn,

      You shouldn't have to explain yourself to anyone. You have expressed your feelings and opinions really well. There is nothing for you to be sorry about.

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    6. I agree with you, Lynn.

      In my opinion, the dysfunction of William's childhood left a big impression on him as to what a family should be, and he sees the Middletons as having that life. And they probably do. Difference is they can be normal, well as normal a multi millionaires in a Georgian mansion with a royal son in law can be :). But he's a Windsor and normalcy is out of the question. Unless he abdicates, he will never be normal. Even Harry recognizes that what's normal for him is not everyone else's normalcy.

      And George will be King one day. Everyone else has the luxury of family snapshots. William should face his duty instead of trying to ignore it.

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  56. The Annoushka earrings.

    I really do not think that hers are the Annoushka hoops. The drops are definitely the Annoushka pearl drops, but I think the hoops are the Kiki McDonough hoops that she uses with the Kiki drops because they are rounded. The Annoushka hoops are more oblong, while the ones Kate wears are more circular. Also the Annoushka settings were the stone sit is darker than the Kiki hoops. You can really see this on the close up pictures of her wearing the orchid dress on their first stop of the Southeast Asia tour.

    Just my opinion.

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  57. Hi, All,

    I think the pictures are lovely but clearly "homegrown".

    I'm sure Kate had her hairdresser come to help. With the level of scrutiny that every photo can expect, how could she do any differently ? Still she looks great-the most natural she has looked since various candid photos snapped while they were dating. That alone should indicate the level of preparation that goes into most of her appearances. Still, I don't think she CAN take a bad photo!

    Poor little George-he's too young to expect any sort of photograph that shows what he really looks like. Babies that young look like human babies-or like Sir Winston Churchill-and don't resemble what they will look like eventually. I think we'll have to wait until he is at least six months old before there is a photo that really looks like "George".

    If you look at William's baby pictures, by about 6 to 8 months of age you could really get a sense of what he would look like. It's obvious that William has a great physical resemblance to Princess Diana.

    What I've really found remarkable is Harry's resemblance to her in mannerisms and manner of speaking. If you search You Tube for the interview Diana gave to Panorama in 1995 (it was VERY controversial at the time)and then search for more recent clips of Harry (i.e. speaking about the Queen's recent Jubilee), the similarities are remarkable. It's a bit mind-blowing because Harry's face really resembles the Queen's; although, he has the Spencer "ginger" colouring, according to Prince Charles's famous comment.

    I'm sure George will be a very handsome child. I'm looking forward to seeing him as he grows.

    Best to all. Hope you enjoy every remaining moment of summer!

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  58. Beautiful family pictures! Why all this fuss? When there will be so many other formal photos to follow. I think that William as well as Kate know when they can be relaxed and do their things by themselves. But they are also aware of their royal duties and when the presence of a nurse or a chauffeur will be needed. They will fufil their obligations with grace and dignity as they did last year during the Queen's diamond jubilee. There is nothing to worry about really!

    I wish you a good night!

    Monica (France)

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  59. Hello everyone,

    I rarely interfere with the flow of discussion but this conversation is descending into nastiness and attracting trolls who wish to basically bash William. As I like to maintain a friendly blog for everyone to comment on, I won't be publishing those comments. I think it's gone far enough now and respectfully ask we move on.

    I knew there would be differences of opinion on the photos, those who like them and those who don't and debate is always encouraged here but what surprised me is the anger. So many angry comments (angry with William, Kate Mike Middleton, KP,). I've had comments personally attacking me because people "hate the photos". Let's all take a step back and relax..

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    1. Hi Charlotte,

      I hope you don't consider me one of the "angry haters" -- I was just simply expressing a concern and it seemed to set everyone off. I'm so sorry if I inadvertently created or contributed to hostilities on your wonderful site! Please forgive me.

      And for the record -- I love both Kate and William and especially Diana before them. I have purchased many of the items that Kate has because I think she has beautiful taste (and I love the items as well) and of course I want to be her when I grow up (and I'm 41!)

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    2. Not at all Lynn, I was referring to comments I didn't publish. Unfortunately when we have constructive debate going on (with comments such as yours) some posters become so heated and aggressive. I had a comment this evening for example which basically threatened me personally with violence because the photos were not to their liking. There's been an angry tone throughout the day from people who don't usually comment. I've noticed it generally on Twitter/Facebook/other blogs and media outlets.

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    3. Dear Charlotte,

      I am so sorry to hear that someone threatened you because of these photos. That is really horrible and I hope that those folks find another site in which to vent their nastiness.

      I have noticed some of the comments about William wanting to lead a more "normal" life and can see how that could get some peoples dander up, but I think he might be referring to privacy/papparatazzi issues. (I think I spelled that wrong, sorry)

      Anyhow, again I'm sorry that you are having to deal with such nastiness on what should be happy occasion.

      I really enjoy your blog and am really looking forward to Kate Loves: Shoes 2. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!

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    4. Geez Charlotte that is scary. I hope you are ok. That is ridiculous people are doing that over these beautiful photos.

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    5. Theresa, from Paris21 August 2013 at 08:09

      So sorry you were threatened, dear Charlotte ! How absolutely awful ! As I said, celebrity - and you are one too now, thanks to your wonderful blog :-) - does have its backlash.

      On the other hand, I do understand how the Royals playing at being too "normal" is aggravating. It does annoy me a bit too. And Kate also belongs to a prosperous family, which is wonderful. Too much of their so-called "normality", which just means being happy to muddle along sometimes on your own, is not most people's life and never will be, so they shouldn't stress too much upon that. It is not respectful for most people.
      As one of your readers said, they will never know the reality of a life where there are money, housing, work, family and so many other problems. There is a point where one can be modest without trying too hard. Saying that, I understand what William is trying to get accross. He is just sometimes a bit awkward about it and sends out the wrong message.

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    6. Claudia, Austria21 August 2013 at 10:46

      Charlotte, I'm really sorry to hear that you have been personally attacked, how awful! There's no reason for this at all, after all the photos aren't your "fault", and really, I understand that some like the them and some don't, but they are just photos... no reason to get so worked up about them. It seems some people just take every ventile they can get to let out their own negativity on the back of others, that is just sad.
      I've always enjoyed the really friendly and respectful tone of your posts and of the comments, even if I rarely comment myself lately, and I hope we can get back to this.

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  60. Sarah from Calif.21 August 2013 at 01:01

    Oooppps thought I put my 2cents in but, I guess I didn't.
    I think George has William's nose, mouth and both Kate and William's eyes. I do see the hint of ginger which can change to blond, time will tell.
    How kind of them to share family pictures. They didn't have too. They could have waited until every little detail was perfect but......so glad they didn't and I think they look beautiful.! It's fun to try to pick up different little things in the picture. Like the Golden Retriever., the closeness of W&K and the lovely yard to run around on. A happy young couple in love with a new born baby they are clearly enamored with and so am I !

    Charlotte I'm very very sorry you have had to filter through such negativety. We all so appreciate your hard work here.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. We have a wonderful community here and so many people take the time to share their thoughts. It's important to keep it friendly for everyone.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.21 August 2013 at 02:02

      Yes Charlotte and you have the tricky job of weighing things out. Great to keep things open for lively discussion yet, drawing the line at hurtful and offensives comments and you don't even have to. You could say to heck with them all but you have a good heart. It's people like you that many of our countries need in politics. Okay I'm veering off here but since your up late .......................hope you are well !
      Again thank you!

      P.S. perfect weather today 71 degrees

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    3. Diane from Boston21 August 2013 at 03:35

      I am just astonished that anyone could be negative about a couple of nice family photos. Charlotte, thank you for the gift of this blog. Please don't let this discourage you!

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    4. Oh it doesn't discourage me at all. It's something you'll always get where anonymous posting is permitting. For those who had hoped for formal photos, there will be some released at the time of the christening :)

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    5. Sarah from Calif.22 August 2013 at 01:14

      Oh I forgot to say I think George has Kate's cheeks. Cute :)

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  61. i think they are lovely pics they are lovely pics i think wants to be normal people like ordinary family i hope people dont bash them

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  62. Hello! I just saw the news that Jolene-dress in fuchsia is sold out. Just to let you all readers know, we still have the dress at our online shop in Finland, and we do ship internationally. http://shop.bebelane.com/product/483/jolene-knot-front-dress-fuchsia-cap-sleeves

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    1. Thanks for informing us, Salla! I really like this dress, but can it be also worn by non-pregnant women?

      Natalia, Germany

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  63. the second official photos is on the cover http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20727091,00.html

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  64. I really like these photos because they are very natural. What a beautiful family! I'm pleased that Mr Middleton got to be involved in this way, he comes across as a lovely person. My hubby and I both liked the fact Lupo was included, very sweet!

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  65. I didn't make a hateful comment, but I did make a rude one. I'm very sorry. I don't usually ever comment on blogs, and was disappointed in the "official" pictures. They lack the gravity of the event. I would never want Will or Kate to overhear what I said, because they might be embarrassed. Please forgive me for being a part of your negative day. I love your site and your commentary; you do an incredible job. I just love that there are people (Will & Kate) who are so happy, and have such incredible lives. It's a daydream for me, and lightens my way. There are lots of privileged people, but Will and Kate make the effort to share theirs with us. Thanks for being the link to that.

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    1. No need in the world to apologise Marianna. I was referring to comments from anonymous posters who don't usually comment here and they were not published. I know many people felt disappointed with the photos probably due to the anticipation and hype that surrounded them. Many would have been familiar with William's baby photos and would have been hoping for something similar.

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    2. awhhh. Marianna, what a sweet, sweet apology. Would that we could all be so humble and transparent. How endearing and refreshing. I agree that William and Kate do share their lives with us so generously. Their heart's desire is obviously altruism/philanthropy. Maybe Kate will wear a small tiara in the next more formal photos presenting baby George. Wouldn't that be nice? :)

      Stay sweet Marianna. God bless.

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  66. I like both photos, good choice of W&K. They look incredibly happy. Just too cute how William puts his hand around Kate (and Lupo) :) It must be easier for them to take photos while George is sleeping.

    The quality must be disappointing for the press, but we will rarely see pictures taken by them... So it's an honour for us to get "a look inside" :)

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      I agree with you. The poses are cute and affectionate. I am also so very glad that Michael Middleton got to be the one to take the photos. He, IMHO, deserves it. What a special little place in history that afforded he and his grandson.

      I agree also that it was an "honor" to be given the opportunity to have those personal portraits. And, for anyone who has ever tried to take family photos with a perhaps fussy two-week old, no surprise that he was alseep and swaddled. (remember the attempts to clean the house, or get a shower, or get groceries, pump gas, etc., remember????? Is it all coming back now? :)

      Vanity Fair did an issue with portraits of royal families and there are a couple in there very similar to the ones of William, Kate and baby George (and Tilly and Lupo). :) Many of those royals are no doubt related to William so perhaps the more casual photos are not so unusual after all, even though they were the first photos of baby George. I had started to read the article in hopes that there would be some beautiful tiaras, and what I found were casual portraits, and some nice ones at that.

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  67. I don't want to be rude, but the camera is so bad. I have a very cheap camera, but it corrects my bad hand for taking photos. It's very intelligent. So with money they have they could purchase better camera. I don't want to offend anybody, but I have two little children and it's nice to look at the older photos now. They are nice and very detailed. Even now I discovered new things in them :) It's worth to have a good camera to save all valuable moments and things. Any day in a child life is different. The color of eyes, lengh of hair, teeth... When we are too absorbed with nappies, feeding, washing, cleaning - some things go annoticed. And then we have photos. I love children photos - but not portrait. I like close photos of little hands, feet, sleeping face, they are so cute, specially in a furry blanket or in a basket. I hope George will have that photoes too.

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    1. I have a feeling that they probably have a lot of quality personal photos which they have/are taking, and which they decided not to share with the rest of the world. This set of photos also kind of reflects their general feeling towards the press - they are not gonna go out of their way for them, or be pressured by anyone about their personal lives. So if the photo came out blurry, too bad, that's how it is. Luckily all 3 (5 plus the dogs) are pretty photogenic, so even though the angle was bad, they save the photo quite considerably with their good looks.

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  68. My reaction to the pictures is the following question: would there have been any criticism of the quality if they had been two regular folks? I seriously doubt it. If a friend or family member showed you a less than technically perfect family photo with a new born, you'd look past that to the loved ones and their expressions; you may not even notice the technical details at all.

    So why all the criticism from some people? Do they expect more because they are royalty? Because they have access to the best of the best talent and resources? Why are they trying to be like regular people, when lets face it, they are "celebrities"? Even "regular" people have professional portraits of their newborn, even if done at a mall photographer.

    My guess is maybe they weren't ready yet to invest the emotional energy to orchestrate a professional photo shoot. They did all of us admirers and curious people people a favor by releasing these casual family photos ASAP!

    --A follower from CA

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  69. My reaction to the pictures is the following question: would there have been any criticism of the quality if they had been two regular folks? I seriously doubt it. If a friend or family member showed you a less than technically perfect family photo with a new born, you'd look past that to the loved ones and their expressions; you may not even notice the technical details at all.

    So why all the criticism from some people? Do they expect more because they are royalty? Because they have access to the best of the best talent and resources? Why are they trying to be like regular people, when lets face it, they are "celebrities"? Even "regular" people have professional portraits of their newborn, even if done at a mall photographer.

    My guess is maybe they weren't ready yet to invest the emotional energy to orchestrate a professional photo shoot. They did all of us admirers and curious people people a favor by releasing these casual family photos ASAP!

    --A follower from CA

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    1. @ Leigh

      I also think that they released those photos as a kindness to fans. I also think that they may not have wanted to invest all the effort for the professional sitting like you said, knowing that a formal photo of the christening was forthcoming. Queen Elizabeth is a talented photographer also. Wouldn't it be nice to see some photos of William, Kate and baby George from her? Michael has bravely set the stage for that. :)

      Some of the public was harsh with Kate when she kindly shared some of her photographs before. She hasn't shared again yet. She was just trying to be kind and share. And, I think that that is what they were doing this time also. Yay you guys and thank you. :)

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    2. Leigh, I do not believe that the reaction would be same if they were "regular folks". But if they were regular folks, the public would not have been waiting for the release of the photos. :)

      Personally, I liked the informality and the outdoor setting. I also respect and admire this couple's determination to do things differently than they past royal generations. However, I was a little disappointed that they did not include a better photo of the baby (even if it was from a different day). In the two photos that were released, we didn't see much more than the day they left the hospital.

      I look forward to the next set of pictures... :)

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  70. Please Charlotte, look at this video of the BBC and the comments of Tony O'Neill, professional photographer.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23766709

    Enjoy!

    Monica, France

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    1. Marci from Salt Lake22 August 2013 at 17:48

      Thanks, Monica, that was completely charming!

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    2. Thanks Monica,

      Wow, a kind and rational perspective from a member of the media and a photographer at that. How welcome.

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  71. So as I tend to my own little bundle of joy, I have come to notice that some things are just not compatible with hands on mothering. For example, wedding rings and muslin swaddling blankets don't mix well (I have snagged more than my fair share just this past week!)Babies love to grab on to things such as long, flowing hair (and loosening an infant's grip is more challenging than you'd imagine!) not to mention the pain of having your hair ripped out and the challenge of accounting for every last strand, especially, as my pediatrician has warned me, if you have a baby boy. Motherhood requires so many adaptations. Charlotte, I wonder if we will see some major changes in some signature "Kate" qualities. I think many mothers are curious to know how she will adapt to be the best mum she can be and still maintain her pre-baby individuality.

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    1. Hello Lauren,

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I'm not a mother but I think parenthood has a tremendous impact on every mother and father. William has already said "a lot of things affect him differently now" and I'm sure the same goes for Kate.

      For Kate, I imagine visits to children's charities/hospices and supporting them as patron will prove somewhat different for her. As a parent, one can relate on another level and I feel certain she will choose to work with children in future patronage choices. I think she'll maintain her individuality and her classic sense of style but George will absolutely come first for both of them.

      What do you all think? A very astute question Lauren :)

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  72. I too agree with Lynn/Ca. Pictures were okay. Would have liked for Will to have held George in one. Love the relationship with the Middletons. They seem like a warm loving family but I have watched and admired the Monarchy for years and respect some modernization you can take it too far and it's just not so special anymore. Personally I feel two 30 year olds with multiple palaces at their disposal would need 3 weeks with mum and dad. This baby is a future king and how often has he been with the next King Prince Charles and how many of the royal family have actually even met him. I find it sad there are no picture of him with the Duke of Edinburgh or Prince Charles. I love and envy you British your Royals but I too am starting to lose interest in this "normal" game they are playing. It is not nor ever will be normal as we normals know it. I
    Love William but time to man up and accept your destiny and be proud of it. Love your blog Charlotte.

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  73. I respectfully disagree with the suggestion that William needs to "man up". It takes every bit of a real man to prioritize and make some of the decisions he has made, and I believe he has had the blessing of the Queen every step of the way. Given the history of her own family, I think she of all people has come to realize that a happy family unit at the core of the monarchy is the key to it's survival.

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  74. I sincerely hope the "man up" comment was not construed as disrespectful to William as that was not my intention. I'm a 60+ y/o grandmother way across the pond where that term is used loosely by younger generations and I should stick to terms used more by My own age group. I admire and enjoy this blog because Charlotte so graciously shares different views from obviously a very diverse group of people. All my life I have been fascinated by the Royals and read every book I could get my hands on regarding the history and the prospect of what the future holds. Again, I envy you your royals and Queen Elizabeth is simply amazing. I love the magic and the pageantry of royal events. My grandchildren love it and would hate for it to change too much. You have a really active beautiful fairy tale there that we enjoy immensely. To royalfan you were so nice to respond to my post "respectfully" so I "respectfully" ask your forgiveness for the "man up" comment. I have visited London only once but plan to bring my granddaughter as a graduation gift next year. If anyone else thought my comment was in poor taste please forgive me. I'll try to reserve terms like that for our Kanye West and Jay Z :)

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  75. They are a gorgeous family and it is a lovely picture, but couldn't the first official photo of George be by Testino please??

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  76. Why won't the palace reveal the colour of George's eyes. There is no reference to his eye colour at all.

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