Saturday, 26 October 2013

New Christening Portrait of William, Kate and George + Latest News

We're back with a brief post sharing several updates regarding the Cambridge family. Actually, scratch that - we're really back to show you this:

The Sunday Times

A new christening portrait has been released in the UK's Sunday papers showing proud parents William and Kate gazing adoringly at their three-month-old son. As you can see, little George looks incredibly happy (dare I say he's smiling?) as he looks up at his doting mother Kate. I love this photo; it is by far my favourite of the five we've seen. I know many felt the other portraits were a little too formal, however, I think you'll agree this one captures the Cambridge family beautifully.


The Sunday Telegraph

Royal reporter Rebecca English said the photo captures a "mother's all encompassing love for her child" and I concur with that sentiment. There's a very special bond between a mother and her child and Jason Bell managed to photograph that. William and Kate have previously said George is quite a loud baby, and considering this, the photos are very impressive indeed.

PA/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

The full five christening portraits can be viewed at The Mirror.

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Meanwhile, Prince William was out in London tonight attending the 150th anniversary gala of the FA. Football Association President William said he believes footballers can inspire the British manner in a similar way to the Olympic athletes.

PA

During his speech he praised the global footballing family:

'Tonight is not just an English celebration. Football is international in every possible way and I believe that the game's constantly evolving spirit and appeal is a consolidation of all its global influences. Every nation should be proud of their contribution to 150 years of football.
 With all that in mind, I consider my position as President of the FA to be an honour and a privilege.'

Racism has unfortunately remained an issue in the game, including unpleasant scenes in recent matches. Speaking about this Prince William said: "There is sadly more to do but it is heartening to see how seriously the FA takes stamping the blight of racism and discrimination out of football."

FA Twitter Feed

A general view of the Great Hall in the Grand Connaught Rooms where the gala was held.

FA Twitter Feed

Prince William spoke of Prince George, revealing his son will be an Aston Villa fan: "When Villa thrash Man U at Villa Park, my son will be there."

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The Duchess of Cambridge sent her patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices a hand-signed letter thanking EACH staff, volunteers and supporters. The hospice was one of Kate's first patronages and I think it's important for the organisation to receive letters like this from their royal patron (with thanks to WWKD Twitter Feed). Through the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser myself and a number of other royal bloggers have had the opportunity to research the vital work carried out by the hospice and as Kate's letter eloquently states they are "transforming lives".

East Anglia's Children's Hospices

Moving forward, I believe we will continue to see Kate support EACH and other hospices.

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Finally, we take a look at Kate and George on the cover of Hello! Magazine's souvenir edition featuring an array of photos from the christening.

Hello! Magazine

We'll be continuing with out 'Kate Loves Jewellery' posts next :)

54 comments:

  1. What a great another surprise post!! I was just checking out to see if there was any new comments and this is way better! I love the new picture! It shows warmth and love with that family. it is my favorite of the 5 also. I cant wait for the new kate loves post. Oh, Charlotte is there any rumors of any new dates added to her schdule?

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    1. Hello Emily,

      There was some talk of Kate visiting a university in a couple of weeks. If it's true we should hear confirmation during the week :)

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  2. Sarah from Calif.26 October 2013 at 23:53

    Love it! How precious :)

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  3. What a beautiful photo!

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  4. Pauline Oak Hills27 October 2013 at 00:20

    Oh Charlotte, thank you much for this great post. You are just so fast at bring us all update things regarding the beautiful duchess.
    OMG this picture this just so breath taking. I just shows the love between mother & father for their baby boy. Kate's expression is just priceless while Williams is a little more serious. I can just imgine what William is thinking "this little boy is mine & my beautiful wifes".
    This is the best of the 5 that have been released. I do not think we will ever get to see one with the god parents. But that is ok we have to be thankful we got these 5 from this very provate couple who is very protective of their little guy.

    Thank you again for all your time & hard work on bring us fans this great blog. You are the best.

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  5. You've done it again Charlotte!!
    How do you keep up so fast with all of the Kate information. I'm impressed. You really do an excellent job and I adore your blog. Keep up the good work. I hope you don't wear yourself out from all the posting. You do an amazing job.

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    1. Rose from brooklyn ny27 October 2013 at 01:16

      I totally totally agree

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  6. OMG. What a sweet, sweet photo. I love it!

    Jason Bell did an outstanding job. The christening photos are perfect. He struck just the right note IMO.

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  7. What a beautiful picture. I absolutely love it!! It's just a shame William looks so serious.

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    1. This is a beautiful picture. I agree with you, William could've alteast had a genuine happy smile..

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    2. William looks reflective. I think that Jason Bell captured a very special moment.

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills27 October 2013 at 17:22

      We do not know if he was over whelmed with emotion in this picture. So why put him down because he was not smiling. You were not in his head when this was taken. Give the guy a break.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.27 October 2013 at 17:48

      I do remember the feeling of responsibility as each of our children came into the world. Wow! Although I have no way of knowing what William is thinking at this precise second, I do believe he will take on the role of being a papa brilliantly :)

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    5. Thank you Charlotte -so enjoy your posts here in NZ. Its the first thing I check on getting up in the morning. It is such a stunning photo of William Kate and beautiful George. I think maybe William is not so much serious but reflective. I imagine missing his own mother and wishing she was there to share in little George. And wouldn't she have adored him too.

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    6. Actually, the fact that he is looking thoughtful as his wife smiles at her child makes for a far better photo than one in which both parents were smiling would have been. The contrast is both aesthetically and emotionally interesting; it gives the picture much greater weight than it would otherwise have had. It's a considerably more impressive picture than the others taken after the christening and raises my opinion of the photographer.

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    7. bluhare in Washington State28 October 2013 at 16:21

      Pauline, how is saying "it's a shame he looks so serious" is putting William down? How about saying it's not a shame because it's a nice counterpoint to Kate and George? Which is my opinion. And it's not putting William down anyway. It's saying something about the photograph, not William.

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  8. Love the photos william and the duchess looks great and i see george is smilling too jason bell did a great job

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  9. Hi Charlotte, any idea why this official photo was released so much later? I adore it and agree with you it is the best of the bunch. They all look so full of love and gorgeous. Thank you for your wonderful post as always.

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    1. Hi Mellie,

      It was saved for the UK's Sundays papers, I'm not sure who that decision was made by but it was worth the wait :)

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  10. Rose from Montreal, Canada27 October 2013 at 02:24

    Thank you Charlotte. I join the others in saying this is my absolute favorite. Such a precious moment of the couple with their loving baby boy. Wow. Words fail me.

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  11. bluhare in Washington State27 October 2013 at 02:29

    Great photo. That baby . . . my ovaries could explode any minute.

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    1. Thats so funny! I some times get a craving on having another child and Prince Georgie is so cute, I get slight inclinings to really thibk about it. I wonder how many more babies were born due to the Kate Effect?

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)27 October 2013 at 21:04

      Seeing the little prince definitely has my husband and I talking more seriously about giving our son a sibling! Who knew the Kate Effect could go so far! (well the Kate Effect and little George's kissable cheeks! LOL!)
      This picture is my favorite! Thanks Charlotte!
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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  12. Charlotte you are fantastic!! Catherine and William looked like they are in seventh heaven. Andrea from Canada.

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  13. Oh Charlotte, oh my goodness! You have been a busy lady! Thank you SO, SO, SO much for all your hard work this week! You are AWESOME!!!

    What an absolutely priceless and beautiful picture! The Cambridge family truly is beautiful! You can tell the love they have for each other. Having 4 children myself, I know what it feels like to have your infant child look into your eyes and smile. There really is no feeling like it. It doesn't matter if you are a Royal or the future queen, it is simply the beauty of a mother's love. This picture captures it perfectly. I think this is by far my favorite picture. The love, beauty, and innocence are precious. :)

    Jason Bell really did a great job! These are pictures that will be looked at for many years to come and he did a beautiful job capturing the importance, history, and love of a family.

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  14. what a sweet moment, baby truly loves mummy!

    faw fr KL

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  15. LOVE the photo!! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the update Charlotte!

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  16. Jean from Lancs.27 October 2013 at 08:11

    Truly the most beautiful photo of them all.
    This picture is such a personal, tender moment for a young family, they are generous to share it.
    Lovely to turn the computer on this morning and find a new blog from Charlotte---thank you very much.

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  17. Thank you so much, Charlotte! This photo is SO telling you all..... The protective father, looking a little bit concerned (out of sheer love, of course, and who can blame him, it´s a lot of responsibility for him...) and then the mother, just beaming at her child, showing all the love and joy....just picture-perfect...... Just warms your heart really.... My daughter is in her teenage years now - but we still share this bond and the love when we look at each other, both of us, it´s such a great gift...
    Lots of love, and a wonderful Sunday for all of you...Eve from Germany

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    1. Sarah from Calif.27 October 2013 at 17:50

      Eve from Germany, that was beautiful :)

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  18. I was impressed with Duchess Catherine's thank you letter to EACH. Would she have written it herself, do you think? Or would she have staff that perhaps fill in the blanks when she gives them a general idea of what she would like to say? I've read that replying to numerous messages to the Queen is one of the duties of her ladies-in-waiting, and for Catherine, perhaps this is something that Rebecca Deacon helps with. It's a lovely letter, and has a nice personal touch to it, whoever wrote it. This question is not meant as an implied criticism, by the way - I'm just interested in how these things work. Beautiful photo of the Cambridge family - my favourite photo out of all of the royals to date! Thanks for bringing it to us so quickly, Charlotte. Lee from Canada

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    1. yes, but why is the letter not JUSTIFIED?? I'ts driving me crazy... My OCD-instincts are up the roof! ahahah

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    2. Anonymous, my guess would be that the letter was drafted by a staff person, likely a PR/communications person, then given to Kate for approval, then copies printed and she signed them. Will, Kate and Harry have an administrative/office staff to take care of such things. Will and Harry have had that staff for a number of years now. The administrative staff are separate from the personal household staff and from the KP staff.

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    3. The best of the "official" photos, though my favorites remain the casual unposed photos as they entered the chapel.

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    4. Thank you Betsy! That scenario certainly makes sense. I like the casual photos as well, but there's something about that baby smiling at his mother that just gets to me. Lee from Canada

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  19. I thought 2 more photos will be published today...but this new one is amazing.:-)

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  20. Jean from Lancs.27 October 2013 at 22:07

    Charlotte,
    Hope you're safely indoors until the threatened storm passes.

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    1. Oh that is very considerate of you Jean, thank you so much. Winter is well and truly upon us isn't it?

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills28 October 2013 at 21:45

      Jaen from Lancs & Charlotte- You both have been on my mine today. Hope you both are safe from the nasty storm pounding England.

      Stay safe my friends.

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    3. Jean from Lancs.29 October 2013 at 08:20

      Thanks Pauline--but we were lucky -the storm missed my part of the country.

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  21. Maybe William looked serious because he was thinking of his parents and what they must have felt on his christening day, especially his mother.

    Thanks for all your hard work, Charlotte.

    Colorado Eve

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  22. This new photo is very sweet, although my favourite of all remains the one where Georgie has his arms in the air :)
    In these important family occasions (the wedding, the christening), I can't stop thinking that William looks always a little divided between joy and mellancholy, because of Diana's absence.

    I loved to see the Duchess shopping, in the previous post. Her casual style is always so surprisingly simple and yet so elegant. Her face looked very tired, though. Wich is not at all surprising, since she has a little rascal at home :)
    Hugs, and thank you, Charlotte!
    Z. from Portugal

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  23. What a lovely post with such a beautiful. I do agree, Charlotte that is the best and my favorite of all the pictures. I can't get over how George is looking up into his adoring Mother's face. It really shows the loving connection between George and his parents due to the time they've spent with him. I can't wait for future posts but I have to say this last week was definitely a cute overload of little George's pictures!!

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  24. I have been a long time follower of Kate but have never posted on Charlotte's wonderful blog! I recently started my own blog about general fashion and decided to add a tab for great repli-Kates I find. I checked with Charlotte and she was happy to let me share with all of you. Check out my blog to see all the repli-Kates I have identified. Also feel free to comment about other great repli-Kates you know about.

    http://thedressylife.blogspot.com/p/repli-kate.html

    It is obvious from these photos that the Cambridges are very much in love and a happy family! Best wishes to them!

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  25. Carlotte, the reason I love your blog so much is that I don't feel like I am reading a gossip column, instead I am learning current events AND history, all in a positive light. So refreshing and a great alternative to the typical headlines. Keep up the great work!

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    1. That is greatly appreciated, thank you. It is so important to me to report factual information.

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    2. I totally agree! There is nothing tacky or invasive about ANY of your content. You should be hired as the royal couples PR head!
      <3

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    3. bluhare in Washington State30 October 2013 at 17:28

      Charlotte, that's one of the reasons I like your blog. You post from a wide viewpoint. I might not agree with them all :), but you do a great job explaining things especially to those of us overseas who might not understand the ins and outs of how things work.

      Speaking of that, I don't know if this is a subject you are comfortable with, but I think royal protocol is a mystery to most of us. A lot of people don't get the curtseying thing in terms of who is curtseyed to, and the levels of curtsey from a bob down to a drop to the floor. I'm afraid I'd fall over if I ever have to drop a deep one. Won't happen over here, but you never know who I'll run into when I go home for a visit. (Read that last sentence with a huge eye roll!)

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    4. Sarah from Calif.31 October 2013 at 00:53

      bluhare, that was a great question about Royal Protocol. That would all be very interesting to learn! Hey I think we could master the curtsy pretty darn well with practice ;)

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    5. Of course, those of us with older knees might have a little trouble.
      Colorado Eve

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  26. Lynn Georgia USA31 October 2013 at 14:14

    The pictures are all wonderful of a beautiful family! I know I'm being greedy, but I would have loved a picture of the Queen holding George! I also missed seeing a complete picture of Kate's awesome christening suit. It was always obscured by George's even more awesome christening gown!

    P.S. The ink blue silk for the Hedge Fund gala was beyond magnificent. I think it may be my favorite gown of all time! (I am still debating between it and he black velvet. I'd like to see the two side by side to help me make up my mind!)

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  27. I'm wondering why Her Majesty the Queen was the last one to enter the chapel. Everyone walked in, almost oblivious, while she waited, and then proceeded last of all. It seemed very strange to me. Was this some sort of faux pau?

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