Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Cambridges Release Four Photos of George and Charlotte Taken by Kate!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released four photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge / Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

A simply adorable photo of big brother George with his little sister Charlotte :)

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge / Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

There was much excitement ahead of the release of the photos and there was plenty of discussion as to who would take them. The photographer? The Duchess took the photos of her children in mid-May at Anmer Hall, when Charlotte would have been around two weeks old. Kate used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge / Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

One imagines William and Kate were eager to capture the same natural feel for Charlotte's first official photos as they captured with George's, and their decision to forego a professional photographer once again shows they would prefer to show their children in a relaxed family setting.

In a break from royal protocol, Kensington Palace 'exclusively' released this photograph on their Twitter and Instagram accounts as a thank you to social media users one hour before the other three were made available.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge / Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

As many will remember, the first official photos of Prince George were taken by his grandfather Michael Middleton at the family home in Bucklebury and despite the criticism they received, I have to say I rather liked them a lot. They were similar to snaps most people have in their family albums, the family photos often most treasured in years to come.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess is a keen photographer and it is said to be a hobby she is very passionate about. We saw samples of Kate's photography in 2012 when a selection of photos she took in Borneo were released on the Cambridges' official website.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Official Website

Kate's interest in photography is mentioned on the royal website:

'The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents.'

The Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very grateful for the wonderful messages they've received on the birth of Princess Charlotte". They received mail sacks with congratulations and warm wishes from across the globe. Here's a glimpse at the volume of mail at St James's Palace.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

A look at a selection of hand-painted cards and group projects.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

Their Royal Highnesses are encouraging anyone who wishes to celebrate the arrival of their daughter to donate in support of a local children's charity or the Imperial Charity, which raises much-needed funds for the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. If you wish to donate please click here.

Imperial Charity

What did Prince George wear? You may have noticed his outfit is the same one he wore when Prince William took him to meet his little sister at St Mary's Hospital. Rachel Riley's Cord Short and Shirt Set retails for $159 and is available for boys aged six months to two years. George also wore his Amaia socks and Start-Rite 'Jo' navy buckle shoes.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge / Rachel Riely / Splash News

Princess Charlotte was dressed in a knitted ensemble by Spanish brand Irulea. The hand-knit sweater seen below is part of a set Nanny Maria Teresa's mother purchased for the Cambridges.

Irulea

You'll recall Charlotte was wearing the Iurlea bonnet when she left the hospital. Once again, I thought it a lovely gesture to choose the pieces for the official photos too.

Splash News / Irulea

As Kate was behind the lens and we did not see a family portrait this time. However it was announced yesterday Princess Charlotte's christening will take place on 5 July at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate. The church was chosen for its close proximity to Anmer Hall and the late Princess Diana was also christened there. We will see official portraits from the christening and arrival photos on the day.


A close-up photo of Charlotte on the day she was born. Now that we've seen two sets of photos, who do you think she most resembles? With George, I see a combination of Prince William and Michael Middleton. As for Charlotte, she's quite like her mother and Aunt Pippa. What do you think? :)


Needless to say, the photos proved very popular with the Sunday papers.

The Sunday Telegraph / Sunday Express / The Mail

A quick reminder, we expect to see Kate at Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on Saturday 13 June. Events begin at 10 am and conclude with a spectacular flypast at 1 pm. We may see the Duchess repeat a previous ensemble or a new look most likely by Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham or Erdem.


I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the photos! Did we mention how adorable George and Charlotte are? What do you think of Kate's photography skills? I think the Duchess did a splendid job of capturing her children on camera, she's obviously very talented. The photos were simply beautiful.

310 comments:

  1. Courtney from NC6 June 2015 at 22:11

    So adorable. Love the pictures. Those cheeks on George are just begging to be pinched.

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  2. Beautiful!! I checked your website every 10 minutes and rewarded with these stunning photos.

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  3. Beautiful photos by their Mother, thanks Charlotte for your post.
    Beverlee Utah

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  4. I loved these photos! I agree with you Charlotte, George looks a bit like Michael Middleton, and Charlotte looks like Kate, in my opinion.

    I do, however, wish we were able to see a family photo… these photos were great, but they seemed all alike. Thank you Charlotte for the fast post!!!

    Liz, USA

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    1. Yeah. I agree. There all alike, and it seems generic. It would have been nice to have some different poses or something. They did the same thing when they released those 3 pictures of George sitting on the steps a while back. But overall really cute pictures.

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    2. ANON @ 23:58

      Seriously, have you ever tried to take portrait photos of a two year old
      and baby? These photos are nothing
      short of a miracle in my humble,
      from a mom who has tried, opinion. :)

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    3. Hah YES same thought! Well done Mumma!

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    4. No kidding! She's a miracle worker.

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    5. Complain, Complain, Complain. Why can't you be happy that Kate & William even shared these beauitiful photos with us. People complain when they do not give us photos then you complain when they do.
      Don't understand.

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    6. Yankee from California9 June 2015 at 08:46

      Don't understand...you are so right.

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    7. Julia from Leominster10 June 2015 at 22:00

      Don't understand why a perfectly innocent remark led to such a strong reaction. Kate's pictures are charming but not that much different from any other photos young mums take - in fact hubby mistook them for some more that a friend had been sending (he's not a royal follower, obviously.) I do agree with Paola that Kate probably saw those as demonstrating different expressions of George. A family photo would have been nice - and nothing in that orignal remark warrents complain...complain....we are all entitled to our opinions - and should try not to judge other's reactions.

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    8. Yankee and ANON @ 21:42

      Keep reading. You ain't heard nothing
      yet. :)

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  5. Rebecca - Sweden6 June 2015 at 22:16

    Absolutley precious! So cute, and very nicely captured!! Amazing!

    But I'm a little mad that it looks like the embargo was broken 20 minutes before... WHY?! .....

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  6. Jean from Lancs6 June 2015 at 22:17

    Beautiful photos and we have a smile from George.
    I think Catherine did a splendid job with these. Of course it helps when the subjects are as gorgeous as these two., but of course they both respond to her. I hope she continues to take their photos.
    Don't you just want to pick them up and give them a cuddle?

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    1. I confess I do. But I would prefer to go run around and chase George. Love toddlers. They're so fun.

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    2. I don't know that George could keep up with you Bluhare. :)

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  7. Thanks so much, Charlotte! What beautiful photos to brighten a dreary day! :o)

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  8. Terrific! Twice as nice that they were snapped by the Duchess.

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  9. The babies are adorable.. Really beautiful kids. But I would prefer two family photos with the four of them instead of four similar photos...

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden6 June 2015 at 22:31

      I get you, but she took them. And it will soon be christening pictures so.. :)

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    2. Remember, we will get family photos in a few weeks at the christening!

      I LOVE these pictures. How adorable are these two? George is so sweet, looking so protectively over his little sister. Can't wait to see their relationship as the grow up. Can't wait to see them at the christening, babies seem to grow so fast, I wonder what she'll look like then. Thanks again for these pictures Charlotte!

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  10. Charlotte has blue eyes just like her daddy :) awesome

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    1. But I think that all babies have blueish eyes when they are born?

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    2. That's true. It takes some time to produce the "actual" eye colour. I would say, especially because it is that typical midnight blue, that she has not reached her final eye color yet.
      They are the cutest! Especially George.
      Alice

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  11. OMG - adorable! Love them. I can't tell who they look like adult-wise, but they resemble each other at that age. I just hope they don't end up with the Windsor nose, teeth, or ears ;)

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    1. Or their father's hair.... :P

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    2. Anon, 22.31, I was thinking exactly the same when I read Lynn's comment. :P

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    3. Hello Anon 22:31 and Mela, actually, they are not likely to have their father's hair -- here's why: I believe the "bald" gene comes from the mother's paternal side. So as Michael Middleton has a full head of hair, it is unlikely that George will bald as William has (Diana's father had thinning hair). Although that doesn't explain Harry's full head of hair, so maybe it's a coin toss!

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    4. Even Harry's been balding quite a bit lately--he just wears his hair a bit longer so it's not quite as easy to see as it was on Will.

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    5. Julia from Leominster10 June 2015 at 22:07

      Wish it was so, Lynn but I was puzzled why Hubby is balding if that's the case (think it's rather sexy myself,) but I was wondering if I had married the equivalent of a male calico cat but it seems the part about coming from the mother's father's line isn't the whole story and that a boy with a balding father is two and half more times likely to be balding himself. So looks like George could take after his dad - not that I think that's such a bad thing.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful photos! George appears to be very gentle and loving with his baby sister. Beyond sweet.

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  13. I definitely agree that Charlotte looks like either Kate or Pippa. George's smile is adorable!

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  14. It was lovely waking up in Australia to these lovely photos. The expressions on George and Charlotte's faces are delightful - I especially love the one of George kissing his sister and the look on her face. Charlotte is very alert for a baby only a few weeks old! I think dressing her in the knitted outfit given to Charlotte by her nanny's mother says a lot about Kate as a person. The light is soft and gentle, and I also enjoyed getting a glimpse of the creamy interior decor in the background of one of the shots - assume these were taken at Anmer Hall?

    I'm sure we'll see some images of the whole family at the christening, which isn't far away now. And of course there's George's birthday on 22 July where they may release one or two of the family together. Thanks for the quick post Charlotte, it was really worth waiting for these!

    Fiona in Australia

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    1. Joy in Australia7 June 2015 at 07:05

      Went to bed eagerly anticipating the photos when I awoke. Lovely way to start a Sunday. My family chuckle at my interest in UK royalty, especially William and Kate and family. Charlotte will be christened on my birthday, which is the same birthday as my 5 year old grandaughter. I was showing her the photos and she asked "why isn't Princess Charlotte wearing a crown?!" Too cute.

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  15. How sweet!! She did a great job. It is great the family wanted to share these !!

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  16. These pictures are simply adorable!!!xoxo

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  17. I think Princess Charlotte has her father's eyes, which of course are his mother's. They are blue, slightly narrow, and closer together than the widespread Middleton eyes that Prince George has. -- Obviously, with these parents, you can't go wrong in looks.

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  18. Kate did a great job setting up and taking these photos. The sofa and pillows are the perfect neutral background to the children, and putting them both in white is a great choice to show off their skin and highlight every feature of their faces, while the blue trim, shorts, and stockings on George provide a nice balance for the entire composition. I like the pictures AS pictures, and of course the children are absolutely beautiful. (I think Charlotte is going to resemble her mother.)

    Thanks, Charlotte, for putting them on here quickly with a great writeup as usual!

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  19. These pictures are beautiful, poignant, and relaxed. I think Catherine did a wonderful job. I'm excited to finally see a smile from George. I knew he would do so eventually, and I think it helped this time that his mother was behind the camera. I think George looks like William (with a little bit of Michael there too) and Charlotte is a beautiful combination of both her parents.

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    1. "beautiful, poignant and relaxed"
      is such an apropos description.
      I think she did an excellent job.
      She got more real responses from her children in my opinion because
      she was the one behind the camera. (Not to say Michael didn't do a great job. I think he did. And George was asleep.) So nice of them to share these special photos. So nice she was brave enough to share her photos once more after the not so favorable reception of her first photos. And, her focus was the affection George has for his new sister, not some typical studio pose. Honestly, it looks like Charlotte's eyes are so happy when she received the sweet kiss from Prince George. She, like George, seems very alert for her age. So glad Kate dressed Charlotte again in a piece from Nanny Maria's mother. I personally don't know how these photos could be more perfect. Thank you so much for a job nicely done Kate, and for sharing. :) I am eager for the christening family photos and photos of George on
      his second (has time flown by or
      what?) birthday.

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  20. Jeanne, Vancouver6 June 2015 at 23:20

    Simply adorable & love that Catherine is the photographer. I see a little of grandmother Diana in Charlotte.

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  21. Erika from Massachusetts7 June 2015 at 00:10

    That was certainly worth the wait! The DoC is a wonderful photographer and the photographs are stunning. Thrilled we get to see the sweater :-) and amazed they managed to get PG to sit so nicely for the set. I think she looks similar to how PG looked in his baptism photos although he was a few months older.

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  22. Sarah from Calif.7 June 2015 at 00:14

    Absolutely Adorable! Well done Kate!

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  23. I don't know how there is room for criticism. Everyone knows Mamma's take the best photographs if their children because they love the subject matter! They are adorable!

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  24. Tammy from California7 June 2015 at 00:31

    OH.MY.GOSH. UNBELIEVABLY PRECIOUS! I must comment that Charlotte is VERY alert for being two weeks old in this photo! For a two week old to look at someone is...well...WOW! As far as picking apart the photographs: just can't do it. Who could pick apart photos of children seen through their mother's eye? Only a robot.

    LOVELOVELOVE, can't say it enough.

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    1. Tammy,
      so cute, Tammy. photos from a mother's heart. Not even a robot
      could find fault.
      Loved everything about them. And,
      they are for posterity.
      Nicely done, Kate.



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  25. Tammy from California7 June 2015 at 00:32

    I forgot to mention this: white couches with two little ones.....oh yeah, they have people for that ;)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden7 June 2015 at 10:22

      Hhaha, I had that thought as well :P Might be that this is not their main living room :)

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  26. Jeanne, Vanciuver7 June 2015 at 00:43

    LOL Tammy - the children probably don't spend a lot of time in the room with couches with white slip covers -- however, white slip covers are so easy to wash -- I have them & find them super practical -- with animals! And they look so elegant.

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  27. So Beautiful....so very sweet. Thank you Charlotte, you made my day!

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  28. Couldn't wait to wake up in Australia and take a look at these! I think the Duchess did a fantastic job and the first thing I thought when I looked at Princess Charlotte was that she looks like her mother :) It's still too early to tell her eye colour as all babies are born with blue eyes that gradually change, but I think it would be striking if she had dark hair and blue eyes - a nice contrast with Prince George! Thanks so much Charlotte for your excellent coverage as usual! Very much looking forward to the christening pictures!

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    1. Not all babies are born with blue eyes, but yes, her eye color may change. Her hair looks blondish, not reddish as I thought it was on the day of her birth.

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  29. Beautiful, sweet children. And Kate lovers, can anyone identify the material of the drapes?

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    1. Yes! @anon 1:00! I was thinking the exact same thing:) I absolutely love the look of the drapes! I wish we could see them better and heck, I wouldn't mind seeing the rest of the house while I'm at it!;)

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    2. Im curious about the drapes too! From the very little we can see, the color scheme of the room is reminding me of the neutral palette used by Prince Frederick and Princess Mary for their residence.

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    3. OMG people we are talking about the beautiful photos of these two beautiful children and you have to bring up drapes. Oh please don't spoil the moment.
      Kate did a great job with these photos. She sure knows what she is doing. Just wished we had one of the four together. Maybe we will get one after the christening.

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    4. Lol babies vs drapes.. I love your blog Charlotte, but the comments are just has entertaining sometimes!

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    5. Yes, tired aussie, it is entertaining! I commented on the really heart-warming photos earlier today, but I too am interested in the decor glimpsed behind the beautiful little Cambridge children. It's a bit like being a voyeur or a fly on the wall. While I don't mind if I find out the type of fabric of the curtains or not, I am fascinated to see the overall palette of their home. I'm sure we won't see many of these snippets of the inside of Anmer Hall in future (but I'm hoping, perhaps because I think how we decorate our homes is a true reflection of who we are.) A poster commented earlier that the house appears calm and light - now that's interesting to me...

      Fiona in Australia

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    6. @tired aussie and anon 3:48 , I commented at the beginning of the post about the simply breathtaking photographs of these adorable children but have an interest in home decor as
      well. For people who love decorating these photos are as Fiona put it really interesting.

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    7. Hi Erika, I wasn't making fun, its just a funny observation. It certainly is interesting getting a tiny peek into their home, I've recently decorated my home with neutral creams, whites & Lattés that are 'in' now. It would be great to see more of Kate's taste in the future :)

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    8. It's possible to admire both the children and the drapes :)
      I've written before that it would be lovely to have more photos and/or a short video message shot in their home a la Crown Princess Victoria's Christmas video messages the last couple of years. I love Kate's fashion sense, and I bet I'd love her interior design tastes, too.

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    9. It seems we're on the same page then tired aussie:-) I would love to see more too. Perhaps, in time, holiday videos like other European royals do with their small children. Your home sounds lovely :-)

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  30. The photos are lovely! Well done Kate :) Good lookin kids!

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  31. Tedi in California7 June 2015 at 01:32

    Just perfect! And, of course with their Mom taking the photos, she could get those wonderful expressions. Absolutely lovely!
    Thanks again Charlotte for a spot on post.

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  32. Made my day!

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  33. Beautiful, happy children. I love all the pictures but the one with George kissing Charlotte's forehead steals my heart! Charlotte seems to be enjoying her brother's affection and George seems to really like being a BIG BROTHER! Sweet Family!!!!

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  34. These photos capture the true essence of both George and Charlotte and reflect the natural and normal manner in which they are being raised by their loving parents. I think Kate has talent as these photos are beautiful. This post made me day. I can't wait to see Kate next weekend. Thanks Charlotte.

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  35. Happy, happy, happy xx

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  36. I have a strong feeling Charlotte is going to very much resemble her grandmother,
    Diana. I don't think that will be a bad thing
    in any way. I think William and Kate will
    counterbalance the negatives, if any.

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    1. Oh yes until someone said what I was thinking all along. Princess Diana I will cry if this baby looks like her. I know William will feel so blessed to have his daughter if she looks just like her. I followed Princess Diana's life and I will follow Princess Charlottes Elizabeth Diana life and I know she looks like her grandmother. she looks so beautiful. So in saying that Kate got this photos well done and they are perfect and everyone it took her awhile so leave her alone they are perfect.

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    2. Julia from Leominster10 June 2015 at 22:09

      With such a beautiful mum and a beautiful grandmother, I'm thinking Charlotte has a very fair chance of being quite a beauty. Lots of lovely material on both sides.

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  37. Each photo makes a statement. PG is a good sport at barely two. The baby is a trip. For each of her brother’s pose and action, she seems to sense and her pose also varied accordingly. These are genuine, meaningful and beautiful photos. Kate did an excellent job.

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  38. Kate, Texas, USA7 June 2015 at 03:53

    Absolutely precious! Two beautiful children and wonderful photos! Kate did a fabulous job capturing her children and these will be treasured photos for years to come. At first glance, Princess Charlotte resembles her daddy more and it looks as if she'll have his baby blue eyes. Prince George definitely resembles the Middleton side more. Adorable children....makes me want to cuddle and squeeze them both! Don't you know Kate is loving her time just being a mom! Thanks for the excellent write up Charlotte!

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  39. Love these photos! The composition, lighting and the kids were perfect. Who needs to call in a professional photographer when your mom apparently is one? ( Seriously. Has Kate missed her true calling?)

    Well done, Kate!

    JC

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  40. hi charlotte love the photos prince George will be great brother I see that they bond I love the first photo when prince George cuddle his sister and pg has splitting image of prince William I love too see princess kate as photographer she capture good I think that prince harry talk about these photos in his interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ttn5tRyMw correct right

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  41. I had the same feeling anon that Princess Charlotte will resemble Princess Diana. I love these pics. The Duchess is quite good! I may be the only one but Id love to see a pic of the baby Princess with her dad and grandpa..esp Prince Charles.

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    1. I agree with you both:)

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  42. Great photos; beautiful, adorable babies. Loving that the Cambridge's are sharing photos of their two bundles of joy. Prince George has a lot of William especially the hair color but Charlotte has his eyes. I think she will have her Mom dark hair and she will be a stunner! Some one said that only a Mother could capture these moments and I agree totally and Charlotte is very aware and responsive--I am loving it all. Thanks Charlotte of the wonderful write up and for publishing the photos.

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  43. Gorgeous photos! Just melts my heart to see. Tbh my daughter was alert, taking notice of me taking her photo at 2wks. Perhaps it depends on the amount of interaction..? She is a week younger than George & I enjoy getting snippets of info to compare them :)
    Simply can not wait to see them again for the Christening.

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  44. Finally:)))) love the photos, all of them but the first is the cutiest of all. I wonder how they can maintain the colour of the sofa with two babies;)))
    I do have a question though and please do not get me wrong but is it an English thing/habit that PG wears this kind of socks all the time? I can not remember any photo of him without them.:))
    Thanks Charlotte for the lovely post.

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  45. Aside the considerations about Camilla's hat's destiny (a very sad one I suppose) I would say some more serious thing about those lovely pictures.
    First of all, it is striking to see how quiet and natural they look: a lot of daily work is needed from their parents to make them look so. A lot of cares, of attentions to George's needs, a clever attitude towards his psychological frailness in such a special moment (not being any more the center of everybody's attention, I mean), involving him in the welcome to the newborn sister. His role is clearly traced, a very involving one: he looks conscious of being the Big Brother. It's easy to imagine him helping to bath the little Charlotte, with Mum and Dad (I'm sure it's one of the top moment in their family day).
    This attention to the psychological wellness of their children shows how genuine is the attention payed by Duchess Kate to her charities involving children's mental health. She is doing a daily, unseen work, a humble one, just like humble and unseen is the work of each good mother on earth. I will never be tired of underlining how I appreciate this side of both Kate and William, who prefer to DO things, instead of TALKING about things. William is risking his life everyday, in order to rescue people in danger: in my opinion, that is absolutely more valuable than a thousand of public appearances.

    Second consideration: the fact that Kate and William gave us four variations of a similar scenery is very significant. For them, each of those snaps is really very different and important to show. I appreciate that as well. It is always interesting to try to change our perspective and to try to keep the perspective of another person. For an outside looker, at first the choice of four similar shots could appear rather boring; instead, for Mum and Dad, they are four totally different pictures, and just giving them all together it is possible to show their children's character.

    Last, but not least: thank you Charlotte (OUR Lady Charlotte) for your hard work.

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    1. Beautiful post, Paola. Well said. :)

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    2. Your point about perspective is well expressed, Paola. For an amateur photographer, it's hard to choose a single shot that best expresses the message of a moment in time. For there are a myriad of messages about a child or children, especially to the parent. Every expression is precious, every movement a miracle, all their actions inspire awe and wonder and a tender determination to hold fast every memory. In the end Kate and Will and the rest of their PR team couldn't send us just one message; they had four, embodied in the varied expressions and positions of the children. The truly interested will see this.

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    3. Hear, hear Paola! What a lovely comment.

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    4. LOL in fact, as an Art History teacher, I suddenly became aware that my definition of multi-sided visual of those lovely children is rather pre- or post-cubist... eheheh in fact Kate is an Art History expert...

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  46. Nice comments, Ms. Magi.
    Anybody else think that George's eyes look green in these photos?

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    1. They do look lighter than they have in the other photos, but still brown to me.

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    2. People Magazine's May 25 cover has a beautiful close picture of Prince George. His eyes are deep hazel rather than the brown they appear in most photos.

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  47. wow these photos are so gorgeous!! Thank you for an excellent post Charlotte. This little Charlotte will be a beauty!!

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  48. Just looking at the photos again, it seems that Charlotte perhaps has a deeper-coloured skin tone (like Kate) than George, and there's something that has a look of William about her. I do hope it's that she has some of Diana's looks, as she was a striking and remarkable looking woman. Charlotte appears to have dark eyebrows and possibly will have dark hair, although things can change obviously with a baby so young. I too think she will be stunning, but more importantly than her outside appearance (which is all we can go by from what we see here), I do believe that William and Kate will be loving and hands-on parents guiding their children steadily through life and raising them in an involved warm family life. Something William and Harry sadly never had - that sense of stability and assurance. Sometimes I am quite in awe of the men they have grown up to be, despite all the personal and emotional turmoil of their privileged upbringing.

    Fiona in Australia

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    1. Blue27 - English children, at least those from the "upper" class, usually wear white ankle socks with their short trousers until they're school age, when they tend to wear grey knee length socks. They graduate to long trousers when they're about 10. (I mean for formal occasions - children of all ages wear jeans to play.) Not sure why TRHs prefer these dark socks for PG! He looks absolutely gorgeous anyway - I think equally like both parents. Too early to tell who the little princess resembles but she is very sweet.
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    2. Thank you Sarah, it makes more sense now.;)

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  49. Wonderful photos, and my favourite is the one with George kissing his little sister. BTW: I do hope that Charlotte is NOT going to have Diana's looks. It would be so difficult for her to get a personality and a life of her own if everybody sees only her grandmother in her.

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    1. That's a good point. It would be hard..

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  50. I have just read some tweets from Richard Palmer's Twitter account. It is so unbelievable that this couple cant even release pictures without any controversies. IWill it be always like this? Charlotte, what is your take on this, I know you are on good terms;)

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    1. Blue 12:52- I don't know what Mr. Palmer's problem was. Kensington Palace announced it would release A-(ONE-) photo on their twitter account "later tonight." At some point it was clarified nine PM, with three others
      to be released an hour later-in time for Sunday papers, at least in UK. The Sunday papers were happy. New Zealand had a problem because
      of time/deadline considerations. ( see KP Twitter account for -"proof" or varification.)99
      I think someone wasn't paying attention and got scooped. The plan was perfectly clear.KP had every right to
      be the first to show a photo.

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    2. Thank you so much for your comments! The photos are gorgeous and Kate did a splendid job.

      As for Palace/Media relations, it seems things are still far from where they should be. With social media, KP can connect with fans immediately and it sort of cuts out the role of the press in it. Hopefully relations will improve over time as it's a relationship that needs to be sustained.

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    3. My take... I don't see the big deal with KP (as in *the parents*) releasing ONE of four photos ahead of what the press was to release at 10.

      Yes, the RF needs to sustain a relationship with the press, but in this day and age the press also needs to understand that they aren't the only game in town.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis8 June 2015 at 08:15

      royalfan - I mostly agree with you - it's KP's pictures and really they should be able to release them however they want. But, the British press has been incredibly respectful towards the Cambridges - not printing many pictures of them that the rest of the world media gets to print all the time. I do think it would have been a nice gesture to let the British press release the pictures first, instead of allowing foreign media access to a picture at the same time, just as a "thank you" of sorts for following the embargo and the general ban on pap pics.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden8 June 2015 at 12:49

      I read through a bit of his "rant". Wow, he seems whiny!

      This one for ex. "So maybe what KP did last night will create a UK market again for the type of pap pics used eg in Aussie mags."

      He's just trying to find justification top publish pap-shots....

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    6. It's not just about thank yous Maggie - there is revenue involved. The press is worried, understandably.

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    7. Respect is a funny word, Maggie. I believe the press has been as respectful as the law requires them to be. :) I'm not a lawyer, but I see it this way... Four photos were released to the press with terms attached, but KP did not transfer the ownership of the photos, nor did they sign away their right to do as they pleased with them. And, again, they didn't release all four. The BRF (and others) have been using social media in recent years, so I honestly don't see anything terrible or shocking here.

      But I will add this as a general comment ... had we gone another week without photos, I believe that some of the same posters who do have an issue with the way this was handled would be suggesting, somewhat strongly, that W&K can't hide in the country and need to be more in touch with the wishes of the public. Also, I couldn't help but notice that the recognition that these photos were professional quality and offered an insight into the personalities of G&C, was somewhat MIA from the conversation here. (I am referring back to the issues some folks had with Michael Middleton's photos). Criticism comes easily, recognition not so much.

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    8. Royalfan, who is negative here then? Your last paragraph takes it all.

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    9. World Traveler9 June 2015 at 08:39

      royalfan-Maybe the recognition was MIA because they are not professional quality photos or others don't think they are. They are lovely photos taken on a very good camera, but they are not professional quality. Also, they do not really show insight into the children as they are also staged/posed and not natural. They are very cute photos and why can't commenters be allowed to just leave it at that? Just because you think Kate should be praised for these, maybe others do not! Maybe that is why there are no endlessly adoring comments for Kate, rather the comments are focused on the subjects and how cute they are? I guess I just don't see why you are now telling people what they should be commenting on and how they should be doing it. It sure seems like even if the comments are positive, they are still not good enough for you unless they are fawning. Your right, criticism does come easily as you perfectly showed with your comment since you are criticizing other posters for not commenting the way you want them to. Glass houses royalfan......

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    10. I agree with you royalfan. The British press are more "respectful" of the laws rather than of W&K's wishes. They have made "deals" with the BRF over the years (Harry on the front lines), but they always require a favour in return (exclusive pictures, interviews, etc.). Fair enough. But it isn't wise to tag the press with altruistic motives. They have a job to do and they will do it. If they could print the pap photos that other world media print, they would do so.

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    11. World Traveler, with all due respect I wasn't telling people what to think or post. I, like others here, was expressing my opinion on a comment/subject that was posted here. I thought we were here to do exactly that, no? :)

      But I do find it amusing when a post like yours is directed at me (or someone else), yet it is posted under a "new" identity. Although........this could be the reason some folks think I post a lot...I don't make guest appearances. :)

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    12. There have been "gentlemen's agreements" in place between the royals and the press since the dawn of time, royalfan, and they had nothing to do with what was legal. I don't think much of some press tactics, but if you're going to complain about them as William does, it really helps if your behavior is above board, you know? From what I understand, most of what William doesn't like is more the gutter press and paparazzi -- the phone hacking stuff for example (which appalled even me; it was a good eye opener as to the crap they deal with sometimes). Not as much the mainstream press he just screwed over by ruining their exclusives.

      The royals live on goodwill, and the Queen's finances are under scrutiny. She's got a huge boost in income from the sovereign grant the past few years, and it has this snappy clause in it that says she can never get less than she got the year before. So she's getting these nice income boosts at a time the rest of Britain is on austerity measures. She sat in parliament the other week bedecked in diamonds and fur, reading a speech about austerity measures everyone else has to deal with when she's going to get an increase in income because that's the way it is. Guess who's going to talk about that? The press. And it doesn't help anyone's cause when her grandson plays a stupid game like that. So no, I don't think it's as simple as who has the right to release photos when. There's a big picture and I don't think William looks at that as much as he should.

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    13. Maggie - Minneapolis10 June 2015 at 06:04

      Uhm, royalfan and Marny, respectfully, you are pretty wrong about the British media being prevented by the law from publishing pap pictures. Britain has no overarching privacy law. In fact, there have been calls over the past few years for stronger laws, because there is no real privacy law, or any constitutional right to privacy given.
      Why do you think the British media gets away with posting so many pictures of Pippa out and about, but not of Kate? It's because there is no law, and they would rather anger the Middletons and not the Windsors on this matter. In 2009, the Queen sent a letter to all editors of major media outlets in Britain and reminded papers of "their obligations under the industry’s own code of practice amid concern about invasions of privacy." There's a reason she used their code of practice, and not the law, as the reason for why they needed to stop taking pictures of the royals on Sandringham, etc. Prince Charles and other royals have gotten bad PR from pictures of their private hunting events that have been published...why wouldn't they have stopped those pictures if they could? It's because they had no legal argument. But after Diana (and even more after Kate's topless scandal), and because the public is wanting the media to be less aggressive, the media has slowly stopped publishing the pictures. Why do you think the royals had to make deals with the press, like when William went to college? If it was illegal for the pictures to be published, then they wouldn't have had to make a deal, they could have just threatened to sue. The deal was necessary because they had no other way of stopping the press. I imagine they also have an unspoken agreement that in return for not publishing pictures, the royals drop random tidbits of information occasionally to them, etc. So yes, it IS respectful of the press to do this. And as such, the Cambridges may want to think twice about how they handle the press in general.

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    14. Maggie - Minneapolis10 June 2015 at 06:05

      And I'm not saying that the royals can never win a lawsuit - obviously situation matters. But in general, it's not that easy.

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    15. Maggie - Minneapolis10 June 2015 at 06:17

      And royalfan, I'm sorry but you saying "I was expressing my opinion...I thought we were here to do exactly that" is pretty hilarious, given how often you come down on others for expressing their opinion, including exactly what World Traveler mentioned. You didn't just say you thought the pictures were professional quality and gave insight into the kids - you indicted the fact that others didn't say that. Obviously it's okay to disagree with people, but you didn't just do that, you expressed a problem with people not complimenting Kate - just because you thought she deserves it. That IS telling people what to think. You had a problem with others not agreeing with you! As World Traveler said, I don't think the pictures were professional quality (which is totally fine) and I don't think they provide any insight into two babies (which is certainly not Kate's fault, I'm not sure how 4 pictures can ever provide true insight into anything, especially a 2-week old baby). But that's why I didn't mention those things.

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    16. Maggie I enjoyed reading your last comment. Nicely put. Also it was interesting to read about the privacy law or rather lack of it in England. Thanks.

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    17. Hey Charlotte!! I think Maggie would vote for an "edit post" button!! :)

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    18. It was intended to be hilarious, Maggie. It's the first line of defense when people respond to some of the more negative posts....but it doesn't seem to apply in the opposite direction. :)

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    19. World Traveler10 June 2015 at 22:36

      Royalfan- I normally post under Anon and decided to actually try giving a name a change for once since there are a ton of 'anon' on here. Why I have to defend using a name is beyond me! Which btw, I doubt you know all the commenter's name on here. You comment comes across quiet condescending. I can't believe you are no policing people for actually using an name instead of 'anon.' This isn't the first time I have posted! But according to your stance, no one new should post since everyone at one point has a 'new' identity. I think you just don't like that someone pointed out how much your comment was negative which you complain about all the time when other's do. So, don't worry I will go back to using 'anon'.

      And, with all due respect, you were telling people what to post. You were saying that people should be commenting more on how professional her photos were or offered insight into the children's personalities. If you were just stating your opinion than you would have just posted a comment stating those things. But rather you stated how you couldn't believe that there were not more comments on here regarding those two things. Do you see the difference? One is an opinion regarding the photos, the other is stating what you think people should be posting and commenting on here about. It is not the first time I have seen you do this. You could have just commented on the photos, but instead you came out of left field and commented on the posters. You seem to think this is your blog and you can tell people what to comment on and how and now even if they are allowed to use a name instead of ‘anon’.

      Maggie, you are spot on!

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    20. bluhare, I have no argument with the big picture as you presented it in your last post, but I honestly don't see a problem with KP releasing one of the four photos. Should they have released it via social media AFTER the press ran them? Wouldn't that be odd? The people who waited for and wanted to see the photos wouldn't have been satisfied with one. Surely, they would have been interested enough to seek out the others.

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    21. Emoticons do not necessarily make something funny, royalfan. You use them a lot, sometimes at the end of some fairly not-so-nice statements, and they don't make the statements nicer to read. You do it a lot, and I'm with Maggie; I didn't think you were trying to be funny either. This really is meant constructively; hope you take it as such . . . please? Because if you were trying to be funny that would actually be nice.

      Yes, they should have released the photo an hour after the press ran them, in my opinion. The papers/sites would have got their hits and everyone who follows them on Twitter would have seen the photo an hour later on Twitter. I think that the people who were really vested in seeing those photos, and I suspect there are many on this site alone, would go anywhere they were initially released to see them, and every British media site ran them front and center Saturday. Not everyone's that excited, though, and some who saw the Twitter one may not have gone looking just to see the rest an hour later. Although had they logged on for any other reason you couldn't have missed them, I'll give you that.

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    22. World Traveler, as much as I hate to defend royalfan (because I thought you were a bit snarky with that one, rf), if you've been here long enough you may know that there is a group of fans, some of whom have said they'll never return, who still post here using Anonymous or cute posting names. They think we don't know and are cleverly disguised, but I almost honked with glee not too long ago when someone made a play on my posting name with theirs. I pointed it out, and interestingly that poster has not been back. (Cue to poster making a very timely return to be very insulted I would say this out loud.) There's a whole crew of rotating anonymouses and temporary posters around here.

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    23. PS to World Traveler: I should have said I'm happy to see you've deactivated your cloaking device and look forward to seeing your around. Welcome!

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  51. 'Their Royal Cutenesses' indeed. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are ADORABLE!

    Great photos!

    Monica, France

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  52. too cute. lovely photos.

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  53. The children look very sweet in these pictures and kudos to their mom for doing such a good job!
    I'm impressed. Being a mother of 3 I know it is not easy!!!

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  54. Love the pic of big brother kissing little sister.

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  55. I love the photos....and the rare (if tiny) glimpse it offers us of Inside Anmer!!!! Both the children look gorgeous-I think the Duchess did a brilliant job!!!💕

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  56. What absolutely delightful pictures! They were definitely a heart-warming pleasant surprise. I just can't get over the fact George is big brother now, it seems like yesterday we were looking at his first official photos. The photos were gorgeous and I think the Duchess is a brilliant photographer, I hope she continues to take as many official photographs of her children as she can. I can't seem to settle on a favorite yet because I love them all. However, I would say George seems to favour his father and seems to have the Middleton eyes, while Charlotte seems to favour her mother/the Middleton side with Williams . They are are just too adorable! My thinking is the sitting room with white chairs is more of a formal room that Will and Kate don't use often or everyday?? Perhaps they have another sitting or living room which is more child-friendly that they use every day. Thank you for the wonderful update, Charlotte!!

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  57. In addition to the wool pullover, Charlotte is wearing the ruffled blouse that was shown in the photo of the Spanish layette. She looks lovely, and her face is so expressive!

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  58. I waited a while to say this because I didn't want to ruin the initial euphoria here, but word of warning. If you don't want to read "negativity", fold this string up and keep scrolling.

    But am I the only one who wonders why there was an embargo on baby photos? And then after the press was told they could not release them until 10:00pm they broke their own embargo and posted one via twitter at 9:00pm? From what I understand the British press is quite upset about it. (Read royal reporters' twitter if you don't believe me. I don't post what will be called negativity here unless I can prove it.) The lone release was tweeted about earlier yesterday; the photos have been in papers' hands for longer than that is what I understand. Not a great way to keep the press on your side.

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    1. You are not the only one. It was tantamount to giving the British press the royal finger.

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    2. And the solution offered? Maybe the British media should go back to "unofficial stories and pics." "Like the
      Aussie mags." ( or NOW?) Exactly when did they stop? George at play with his Mum; with his Nanny?
      The problem SEEMS to be- although coherent meaning is a bit illusive in the rant-Re: KP's releasing the ONE earlier photo on its Twitter account:
      1)Twitter is American= Foreign Press-ha! David Cameron and the Queen have accounts
      2)Therefore, Foreign Press (Twitter is social media, not Press) had access before British Press
      3)Apparently, someone released the photos 10 minutes ahead of time. Not sure of details.99
      "Proof" or varification: KP Twitter account; R........ Twitter account.
      By the way, the majority of the followers called his remarks picking a fight, tempest in a teapot etc. and
      thought his arguments empty.
      I think it only fair that the other side of the question be presented, although R... is a source for this blog.

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    3. I also thought the early release via Twitter was strange. I get that social media's a big thing now, and it gives KP a direct link to the public, but the early release didn't exactly seem a good way to reward the British press for following the embargo.

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    4. Laura, that was what I thought too. To ask the press to hold off releasing the photos and then releasing one early seemed a bit gamey for me. Which is pretty much what 23.30 said so succinctly!

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden8 June 2015 at 12:52

      I get what you're saying. But some news sources said from the beginning that KP would release 1 at nine but the general embargo would lift at ten. So it seems like that was part of the information to the press..

      I see what you're saying. Appearantly the one picture was said to be a "thank you for following our social media" to the general public but the press still having the exclusive on the rest of the pictures.

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    6. The press expected to make revenue off the pictures through sales and clicks. If William had respected the embargo all papers would have made some revenue through divided readership. Instead William released them to Twitter - this way the revenue went to Twitter advertisers instead. Naturally the press is upset.

      I can understand that William does not want any one making money off of his kids' pictures. So why let Twitter do so then?

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    7. It seems there might be co-relation in the stack of messages from well-wishers and twitter users who could be GLOBAL. The first post promised and posted on twitter seemed in response to that. (KP/PR announced earlier on Saturday that they can't wait to share it on twitter at 9:00 p.m.)

      The 10:00 p.m., might have been to make it to press deadline. Couldn’t their PR sent mass e-mail of the notice to the press they want to reach instead of leaving the general public in suspense on a Saturday morning? (especially for a post that draws a huge fan base).
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      Charlotte,
      As usual, you look deeper in what makes a wholesome presentation and messages of your blog. It is very nice you posted the children's messages up-close. I wanted to send this post yesterday, but it kept going blank. It makes sense to copy in case it disappears, so it can be pasted at a second try.

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  59. I always thought George looked more like Kate's side of the family, and I think Charlotte looks more like William's side to me.

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  60. I am so glad that Kate took the photographs, but I agree with others that a family photograph would have been wonderful. I really want to see the new family of four together. I know we will get one following the Christening in a few weeks, but those will be more formal. It's going to be hard to wait until the end of July for the chance of a more informal family portrait.

    I think it will take a few more months to see who Charlotte takes after. I know hair and eye color can change in the first year.

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  61. I think Kate did an awesome job! I am an amateur photographer myself and she definitely has talent. Love the tender happy relationship between the two children already. Great job Charlotte!

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  62. Beautiful subjects captured by the talented photographer i.e the Duchess. Too adorbs!!

    I see more middletons in Charlotte than in George. The latter reminds me of Princess Diana's side of the family such as both the Earl Spencers. Can you see a lil' bit of the Spencer side on George?

    Princess Charlotte looks more like baby Princess Elizabeth.

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    1. She will look like Diana .It is so early but she resembles her father .

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    2. Other than coloring - George is like Diana, Charlotte is like Kate - I can't see family features yet. A male friend once said, after listening to women discussing who a baby looked like, "He looks like himself!"

      I think someday King George VII will give his advisers that quizzical look with his face turned upward. There is something both authoritative and wistful about it.


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  63. Jean from Lancs8 June 2015 at 10:00

    Oh dear---there is always someone complaining. The Duke and Duchess had every right to send a photo to anyone they wish to. I have no doubt that they had sent these to family members well before this.
    The Press need time to print photographs, so the embargo is to prevent anyone making a fortune by releasing them early.
    Can we not, just for once, enjoy the lovely photos without the input from the moaners.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis8 June 2015 at 22:24

      It seems to me that the only people "moaning" are the ones who call anyone with a differing opinion bad names, and/or attack them personally. People read and comment on this blog for different reasons. I'm sorry that you, personally, seem to think that only positive comments should be allowed, but not everyone uses the comments section for the same reason, and perhaps you should respect that. Especially if Charlotte, the blog writer, is okay with it.

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    2. Jean, there you go. You have just been given permission to complain about the complainers. :)
      your comments Jean are enjoyable and usually a good barometer of the atmosphere here on this blog. I, also, am so glad everyone is enjoying those beautiful photos. We all needed those
      refreshing and uplifting and beautiful photos. Kate did a superlative job.

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    3. I waited until 69 posts were up on the board before I said something, Jean, and prefaced my comment by saying that if you didn't want to read what some people find negative, then keep scrolling.

      In my opinion, William's treatment of the press is a topic for discussion and this is a stellar example. He's got his reasons for detesting them; I get that, but you don't get a whole lot of goodwill by keeping to the low road. I personally don't like it when someone asks me to do something (in this case hold the photos until 10:00pm), and then does an end run thereby taking the wind out of my sails. I think it was a cheap thing to do, especially when the British press, by and large, has respected their wishes for privacy, don't print shots of George in his daily life, and honored their wishes to hold the photos until 10:00pm. Twitter, on the other hand, has photos of Kate with George playing every time someone with a phone and twitter account sees them; photos the British press doesn't print in deference to them. Photos that have been seen here for everyone to see as well yet you couldn't see them in any British media outlet.

      Call it moaning if you will, but it is germane to this post.

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    4. Jean from Lancs, by releasing them early William let Twitter advertisers make a fortune. Do you realize that?

      And as for policing the blog - I think that as readers, we should let Charlotte do that. Perhaps we could also check our language before we post, such as usage of words like "moaners". You wouldn't like me to start labelling others "sycophants", would you?

      Let us read and let read.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden9 June 2015 at 08:24

      Bluhare, I get what you're saying. And if it came as a shock I would agree. But since the press seems to have been aware of this in beforehand I'm more ok with it. And most press kind of held the embargo, it only flooded after a french blog (how did they even get the pictures?!) posted them.

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    6. Can I, as an undoubtably half-full glass poster, write a post moaning about moaners about moaning?
      I think that a half-full glass is nice just because, if needed, it can be seen as a half-empty one.
      Well, looking through the dictionary I found the following definition for "moan": "a long, low sound made by a person expressing physical or mental suffering or sexual pleasure". There is a pleasure (also if not properly a sexual one) in complaining, moaning and showing our pain, but it is better to be more positive and accept when other people say something different from us. It would be very useful to do a nice, sometimes difficult and sometimes very amusing, exercise, whose name is: "change your point of view!". For this exercise, two completely different points of view are needed. Therefore, thank you Charlotte for allowing us so many different points of view: my brain is very grateful for the free daily gymnastic he can do here.

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    7. Jean from Lancs9 June 2015 at 13:29

      The first announcement at 11am Saturday morning made the arrangements quite plain---one at 9pm via Twitter and 3 at 10pm.
      They announced Charlotte's birth first by Twitter, which is taken by all the royal reporters.
      The British TV companies certainly showed the first at nine and they were on line too.

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    8. Yes bluehare you are right. Moaning is germane to this post. Jean is right why could we not get through ONE great post with out the negative approach be injected. They are great pictures why couldn't you just say that.

      What difference WHO makes the money. The advertisers are pretty much the same on twitter as in the news media so what difference. Someone is not going to be "first" I would suggest you would not have seen the pictures at all if it wasn't for the internet.

      Again no matter what they do it will not be right. I certainly do not blame them for wanting to escaping to the country.

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    9. Here's the deal, boys and girls. I clearly stated I was going to say something some won't like and gave everyone the opportunity to scroll right past without having any euphoria dulled. And some of you didn't, and are STILL complaining, or moaning if you will. I don't jump into posts that everyone is obviously enjoying just to stir the pot the way some of you do when things you think are ridiculous are posted, so I can only assume you all secretly love my posts and can hardly wait to weigh in. So thank you! I appreciate it.

      Jean, you are correct in terms of what happened on Saturday. But the media got the photos prior to Saturday. They were told to hold on to them until a specific time; the implication being that was when they would be released and that was how they would be released. THAT is the issue, not what was said on Saturday on Twitter by their office. Call me whatever you want for bringing it up, but I'm not the one playing games with the media. I'm just sitting here watching.

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    10. bluhare is there a misunderstanding here? There's nothing unusual about the embargo arrangements for the photos. Embargoes are standard practice for a whole range of important media releases from government, companies, the RF etc. These days they include arrangements for traditional, digital & social media. Twitter's been around for a while so the media players know how it works and how to maximise their coverage & advertising revenues across the three platforms.

      In this case the early release of the photos and the associated embargo gave all the media (British & international) the time to prepare their next day front pages & on line articles and have them ready to tweet and upload at 10.0 p.m. - which all the major British media players did. So you could argue KP did them a favour. How you see this just depends on your point of view. But we can all enjoy the storm in a teacup.


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    11. bluhare just wondering how do you know the media receieved the photos before Saturday???

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    12. Of course they love it bluhare, we all do;)))
      Besides, there is certainly someone who can project things here, up a little a bit, no matter what one's write.

      By the way I see your point and agree. I thought this new pr guy doing things better well not this time. After this I wonder how they handle the christening and the rest of the year.

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    13. Maggie - Minneapolis10 June 2015 at 06:22

      My goodness, why is it so hard for people to understand that not everyone can always agree about something! Bluhare gave fair warning to those who aren't interested in reading "negativity." Just because you want to be 100% happy about the pictures doesn't mean everyone else has to be as well.
      Bluhare, maybe your post didn't warn enough. Maybe you had to start specifically with "MOANING ALERT." I might start doing that from now on :P
      But in all seriousness, bluhare posted a well-reasoned, logical, and not-rude post with fair warning as to its content. Someone commented and called bluhare a "moaner." Only one side has called the other names, and it hasn't been the side accused of being negative. So maybe think about that a little.

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    14. Typically, one plea for peace leads to a whole thread of very defensive responses. I do not follow Twitter and have no opinion about the release of the photos. I do follow this blog, and I do have an opinion about the negative posters. They are at least as negative towards fellow posters who are here to enjoy as they are towards the subject of the blog. To talk about personal attacks when there have been none, and to even suggest the word sycophants, goes beyond both truth and good manners. This is not a comment about bluhare's original post; it is a comment about the multiple heated responses that followed Jean's request. Methinks the critics protest too much.

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    15. Thank you bluewren for your rational and well balanced explanation. Very helpful . I had no opinion on the matter as I have no knowledge about twitter, press and financial implications... like you wrote, the media players know how it works.it makes sense.
      G.

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    16. Actually I do think the photos are lovely; I don't want to imply I don't.

      There's no need for an embargo if people don't have the photos ahead of time. You don't release photos with all the accompanying articles about the clothes, Kate's mastery at photography and all the rest without some lead time.

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    17. Julia from Leominster10 June 2015 at 22:26

      I'm a bit stunned at your response Anonymous since the most unpleasant responses seem to come from what I will term for no better word "unquestioning Kate suporters." I word it as such, since I think most of us are Kate supporters in one way or another - some of us dare to question - others don't want that. I try to avoid both "haters" and "sycophants" as terms since I don't believe in cataogising people.

      I take note of a particularly unplesant "complaining remark above" to a perfect innocent comment about thinking it would be nice if there was more variety to the photos. So unpleasantness is far from limited to the so-called negative posters. (I prefer questioning, a more accurate term.)

      Bluhare raised this issue initially - it is an important one, William is a future king of England - not king of Twitter and if interantional advertisers benefit before national ones, that is an important issue. Bluhare tactfully said she was going to raise a questioning issue after make some pleasant remarks about George's cuteness and anyone who didn't want to read her remarks was invited to move on.

      Jean chose to respond and that is her privilage but saying others are being rude by responding to her when she herself was responding to Bluhare doesn't make sense to me. What Jean said was perfectly appropriate as it is her opinion but it was not a plea for "peace", it was a complaint about someone else's rermark. Since the papers all have sites on line, I don't completely understand the printing comment.

      For a complaint of my own, I think it's sweet Kate submitted her own photos but would like to see her embrace at some point - professional photographers. Royal photography has a long and honnourable history and has resulted in wonderful museum exhibitions which Kate with her background should appreciate. I would love to see more interesting photos than we yet have of the young family.

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    18. Yea Julia, peace may not have been the accurate word for Jean's comment, but it underlies the intent of all such comments. The number of incensed reprisals upends the conversation about the pictures, and we return to debating each other.

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    19. The pictures of the family released before the Australia/New Zealand tour, the official pictures taken after Prince George's christening, Prince George's first birthday pictures, and the pictures of him released at Christmas were all taken by professional photographers. The third set were taken by a friend of Prince Harry, but I believe he is a professional. Only the family picture from Bucklebury (which I suspect Kate set up with her father) and these current pictures were taken by the family. And of course the pictures taken in front of the Lindo Wing are professional. The one of George used for the May 25 People cover, and the one of Kate and William looking upward with Charlotte in arms, are very beautiful.

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  64. Charlotte looks like her father , so we will see soon the little Diana !

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  65. Cute pictures! Wonder how much coaxing W&K had to do to make sure George was being "gentle with the baby"? Anyway, I am moving on to next week's big event and my favorite game: What Will Kate Wear? Wondering if her Gray McQueen CoatDress from Easter 2014 could be in the running, assuning she's back to her prebaby figure. Seems like Kate favors very neutral light shades for these big royal events. A new hat with some silvery grays and pinks in honor of her new baby girl would be perfect. She was in London a few weeks back, maybe for a dress and/or hat fitting?

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  66. Thank you for sharing this lovely post! So enjoyed all the little details you shared!

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  67. It's my first time to comment I love this blog. I have to say I don't agree that Charlotte looks like Grandma on Duchess of Cambridge side of the family she looks very likely like Princess Diana. She looks beautiful very big for 2 weeks at that time Prince George looked when he was her age he looked very small and not opening his eyes but, the Princess looks very different. Were in for very gorgeous pictures of her and I love girls. Cant wait to see how her Mom dresses her. We are so excited to see her grow. Thank You

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  68. Michelle in US9 June 2015 at 02:01

    Aw... I think my head might just explode from cuteness overload. My favorite is George kissing Charlotte on the forehead. I wonder how long it took for Kate to get them into just the right positions. She's a talented photographer.

    I'm looking forward to the christening and hope to see the entire family in a picture.

    Thanks, Charlotte.

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  69. Test. beautiful photos!

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  70. The three Sunday papers all chose the smiling picture for their front pages - for good reason! Finally, a happy smile from George. He looks as if he might be saying, She's tickling my hand! Her hand has found his, and a lock of his hair has fallen forward. I would guess this photo was taken toward the end of the session.

    My experience of late babies has been that their development is advanced for awhile, actually maybe well into adulthood. We don't know just how far over term Charlotte was. But she seems to be following the pattern. She is very responsive.

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  71. Caroline in Montana9 June 2015 at 20:13

    love the photos, even better than what i was expecting! (way better than michael middletons in terms of lighting, although there is more to focus on now than a sleeping George!) DoC is a talented photographer. both kids are adorable. think its really to early to tell if the baby looks like Diana like a lot of folks are saying, and i hope she really does not look too much like her. imagine the comparisons for the rest of her life. as for the press release deal, i think they can do what they like with photos of their own children, that their mother took and im very sure that there are things i/we don't know about the deal. cant wait to see the DoC soon and what she is wearing. Havent commented in a while but im always here and reading everything! thanks Charlotte, your blog is the best. I directed my aunt here and tell everyone this is the place for great DoC news. though i do warn them about the comment wars!! LOL :) to each his own I say! Caroline

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  72. Maryland Moxie10 June 2015 at 06:20

    These are sweet pictures - the shadows on the couch and the glare bouncing off the pillow stand out as taking away from the otherwise decent pictures.

    I am not impressed with the continued use of clothes the nanny's mother has bought the baby. I think it is strange that as many wealthy British relatives and fans as this baby has - Kate showcases the employee's Spanish mother's gift. Did no one in Britain give this baby nice clothes? Does no one in Britain make nice baby clothes?

    bluhare, I was off the internet for a few days - but I read the above discussion about the British press - and I think you are right William is being very foolish and short-sighted on his treatment of the British traditional press.

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    1. I can hear the grandmothers of Britain knitting from here, Moxie! And thank you.

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    2. Ahahah Bluhare you are a gift of God.

      Do you know? now... knitknitknit... the noise of British knitters is coming until Milano...

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    3. Maryland Moxie11 June 2015 at 16:44

      I get into it a little more below, bluhare. It's a strange thing for a British Princess to showcase Spanish brands. Your point about Twitter got me wondering - do they own stock in it?

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  73. Maggie - Minneapolis10 June 2015 at 06:30

    These are adorable pictures!! George kissing his sister and her looking like she is smiling is adorable even though I know that babies don't smile that young lol. I agree with those who say the room seems impractical for a family with two young children and a dog, but I love it anyways because I love calm, bright rooms like this. And with such a big house, it's not unimaginable that they have a formal parlor, a relaxed living area that is for adults-only, and a separate family room. Or maybe this is a sitting area in William and Kate's bedroom. Or in a guest room. Who knows. With so much help and money, it's probably not a huge deal if a stain occurs anyways. It's not like Kate has to worry if she needs to take her eyes off George for a second, since she always has the nanny. But anyways, great pictures! I hope Kate keeps developing her interest in photography and keeps showing us examples of said development! I AM a teensy bit sad that there wasn't a family picture, but only because I wanted to see Kate :)

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    1. Hi Maggie! I don't think Kate has the nanny all the time: Maria has some free time in a day, so when she is out of duty Kate has to do the job. But a white fabric can be washed with bleach. For this reason I think it's not bad to have light colors in a home where toddlers are living. (My half-full gal. is always at work LOL).

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    2. I don't think this is an area that the children frequent. Many homes have
      more formal areas that the children don't usually play in. That is not that unusual at all. I would imagine they have a nice designated playroom.

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    3. Good for foreign relations with Spain.
      Way to go Kate. :)

      Moxie, did you notice that in all the other photos of George he is wearing
      BRITISH clothing, and in the one with
      Charlotte? And, Kate is notorious
      for wearing BRITISH brands herself.
      I was very impressed that she decided
      to have Charlotte wear the rest of the
      beautiful ensemble gifted to her by
      Maria's mother. If Kate had wanted to purchase things from the Spanish store for herself she could have ordered them herself online or had her assistant do that.
      Unless she had hired a personal shopper in Spain, (Maria's mom). We had better be aware of any future purchases made by all her other personal shoppers in other countries now.
      If Kate did purchase that ensemble
      herself (which I highly doubt) how
      would she single out a boutique
      so far away and why that one?
      Perhaps Maria's mother knows other
      families with children that the other
      purchases you said were made were for. besides the mattress, what were the other purchases, do you know?











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    4. The "continued use" is a bonnet and then the rest of the outfit. Not a big deal at all. Doesn't really qualify as continued use at all yet. doubt that it will.

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  74. Maggie - Minneapolis10 June 2015 at 07:09

    Is it just me or is Charlotte's bonnet from leaving the hospital a different color (or shade) than the rest of the set that she's wearing in these pictures? That makes me think Kate had Maria's family buy the set, rather than it being a gift, because the almost-yellow of the bonnet seems to be meant to match Kate's dress. Even if the nanny knew what color Kate's dress would be that day, it would be presuming a lot to think that Kate would indeed have Charlotte wear her gift, and thus get the hat in cream or beige or light yellow and the rest of the outfit in white. And so many items were purchased at the shop along with this set, including a mattress, which seems beyond a gift. But maybe my eyes are deceiving me.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 June 2015 at 19:58

      I think it might be more of the lighting...

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    2. The bonnet looks ivory to me. I think the pieces are beautiful and, given Kate's fondness for white, I am not surprised that she chose them for the baby's first two "appearances". :)

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    3. I think the pieces of the Spanish layette are the same color. Photographed under shop lighting, they would look different than in daylight. They are lovely.

      Why the insult to Maria Teresa's family, Moxie?? And Maggie, what a nice comment!

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    4. There have been a few quibbles with the quality of Kate's pictures, but I think she concentrated her full attention on the children's faces, after she chose the setting and the clothing. The shadow doesn't bother me, it looks natural. If I were to offer a suggestion, it would be to use the straighten button on one or two of the images when downloading them. I think a professional photographer, if not too intimidated, would have re-combed George's hair (or please let him have curls!) and straightened his collar. But those are certainly minor issues compared with the expressive little faces and hands that Kate photographed. To me it is a wonder that George was able to hold Charlotte so comfortably and securely, that she seemed so cheerful and absorbed in the adventure, and that George was clearly so happy!

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    5. Really. As ANON @ 23:53 asked,
      WHY the insult to Maria's family Moxie? we thought you liked at least liked commoners. :)

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    6. Moxie, what are the "so many Items"
      supposedly purchased with the set?
      I am curious to find out what those were. I would like to find out about the mattress also. Could you provide
      a link as reference for those things?
      I also think the bonnet and sweater set are the same. I don't think she purchased the bonnet to match her dress. I don't think that matched her dress.

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    7. A mother taking photos of her children and then graciously sharing them with the rest of the world. You would think
      people would simply receive it as just that. Who knew such a simple gracious gesture could generate so
      much dialogue, critique and conflict.
      Can Kate EVER win?

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    8. Maryland Moxie11 June 2015 at 16:39

      Kate's family represents the UK and Commonwealth. She's showing off her daughter in Spanish brands. To me, that shows a lack of consideration for her position in the countries where she is held in esteem and supported. The Spanish taxpayers don't fund her family's lifestyle. Why is this Spanish family being talked about in UK and Commonwealth press? Why isn't Kate shining the spotlight on her in-laws and countrymen?

      She's taking the pictures herself, which I completely understand. But there goes the opportunity to support a professional photographer who makes a living in her country. The release of those pictures on twitter - greatly profited that platform - and shut out her country and the commonwealth traditional press. Which makes one wonder - does the family own stock in Twitter?

      This analysis isn't criticizing Kate so much as showing her actions have consequences and people benefit. Those benefiting aren't the one's who then pay taxes to support her family's lifestyle. She did the opposite of giving back to "the people". She shut everyone out. She either did it deliberately or cluelessly, but it really doesn't matter either way - because neither is a good thing.

      Bluhare's point is well taken above - the British press, who pay taxes, and the people in the country who read the paper, who pay taxes, are not going to grin and bear this approach for very long. Unkind press and pap shots could become more prevalent.



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    9. Maggie, I was complimenting your message at 6:30. Anon 23:52

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  75. I was just popping in to see what I've missed, since my reading of the first original handful of nice posts. I decided to read from the bottom up this time, as I can never remember exactly where I left off in my reading of the posts:) So Cleeearly I missed some kerfuffle? :) But I had to stop & post, once I read Paola Magi's Post! It was a Hoot & Gave me a Smile:) From One "Glass 1/2 Full Gal" to the Another...... I Agree 100%! :)
    Cheers,
    Becca

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  76. I really love these photos! I'm so pleased that Kate herself took them It shows that she wants to be hands-on and she wants to live as normally as possible, without any unnecessary ceremony. Bravo, Kate!

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  77. Such cuties together! Great pictures. How brave she is for having creams and light colors in her decor with two small children. Love all of the pictures and George's expressions. I agree that it is too soon to tell who Charlotte looks like until there is a little more development.

    Can't wait for Trooping the Color this weekend. I would be afraid for George on the balcony at this age with how active he is so won't be disappointed if he is not in attendance yet. Once he starts, there will be many years of his attendance.

    I thought that it was always planned to release 1 twitter pic before the rest as a way to use Social media to their advantage. I don't think it snubbed the press, they had the majority of the pictures and story. It provides a little control over their pictures to the public.

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    1. I had the same impression about the photo release. But can not tell you why. Ali

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    2. Kate's picture of the orangutan bears her copyright. The children's pictures, as posted here, do not. Surely they were copyrighted. If you look at the getty posting, you will see the restrictions on the use of the children's pictures (click on the arrow to continue the text).

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/in-this-undated-handout-image-released-by-the-duke-and-news-photo/476127694

      A painting, for instance, can be sold but the copyright retained. The restrictions would indicate that Kate still owns the copyright to the pictures released by Kensington Palace. Therefore, she has control of their use.

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    3. Oh sorry, I missed the copyright which is at the top of the children's pictures! Kate definitely owns it.

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    4. Children at Trooping and wedding appearances on the balcony are held in arms until they are tall enough to see over the stone railing (remember Prince Charles picking up Camilla's granddaughter, Diana holding Harry sticking out his tongue, etc.?). My guess is that parents have to decide how little ones will handle all the crowd noise and jet planes (remember little bridesmaid Grace with hands over her ears?). In William's generation, there was a flock of kids at the front of the balcony at Trooping, not so much in recent years.

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    5. that William responds to the press in even the smallest cooperation is such a wonder and relief to me.
      With all the circus of media for years surrounding his parents and then the speculations surrounding
      Diana's death, I think he has turned out saner than many and seems to
      be coming around cooperation wise. Perhaps letting the electronic media have a one photo scoop of his daughter who bears his mother's name was just a little recompense to him, who knows. couldn't blame him a bit. At least he is not manipulating them like the Kardashians.

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  78. Anon 16:07- great comment about the future George VII's "quizzical expression." I've been entertaining myself imagining
    what he would be saying- "Yes,Mum, you want me to do WHAT?" Patient, polite,respectful, but with an edge.99

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    1. Yes, Anon 21:08, even Charlotte looks a bit intense in that photo. And we can imagine her supporting her king in later life. :-)

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  79. Jean from Lancs11 June 2015 at 10:17

    This site is obviously no longer the place for me.

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