Thursday, 9 July 2015

Princess Charlotte's Christening Portraits Released

We're back with a brief post sharing Princess Charlotte's official christening portraits. Kensington Palace released the photos via their Twitter Feed this afternoon.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed / Mario Testino

Legendary photographer Mario Testino captured an image of the Queen and three successors for the group family photo taken at Sandringham House after the christening at St Mary Magdalene Church. Below we see left to right back row: Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh. On the front row the Cambridges sit beside Her Majesty.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed / Mario Testino

To coincide with the release of the photos Kensington Palace released this statement:

'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham. They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do.'

A lovely photo of Kate holding her daughter in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House. I love the fact Mr Testino caught her looking towards the camera. Queen Victoria described the Drawing Room in her journal as "very long and handsome, with painted ceilings and panels with two fireplaces". It has a musical theme to it, with pictures of musical instruments on the ceilings.

Mario Testino

And last but not least, a darling shot of Prince William holding Prince George in the garden.

Kensington Palace / Mario Testino

Commenting on the historic commission, Mr Testino told the Mail Online:

'Photographing Princess Charlotte's christening was an amazing experience. What impressed me the most was the energy of the family, and of that between the Duke and Duchess. One sees how solid they are together and one gets a sense of their strong family values. It was incredible to be able to document four generations of the British Royal Family together – the monarch and three heirs to the throne – and very heart-warming to see the close relationship between them all.
 I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me.'

I have always enjoyed Mario Testino's style of photography and I've always particularly loved his photos of the royals including his photos of the late Princess Diana and William and Kate's engagement portraits. I felt he did a superb job of capturing the entire family in the group shot, and the photos depicting Kate with her daughter and William with his son offered a glimpse into tender moments between the couple and their children. I also thought Kate's Alexander McQueen coat dress worked perfectly alongside the christening gown in the photos.

I think Princess Charlotte very much resembles her brother at that age and I can see a lot of Kate too.

Kensington Palace / Mario Testino

The photos proved a popular choice for tomorrow's papers.


Daily Mail / The Telegraph

We saw similar coverage following the release of Prince George's christening portraits in 2013. Taken by renowned photographer Jason Bell, the historic photos were more posed and formal - much like Prince George's christening. Charlotte's christening was a more informal, relaxed affair. Note, Her Majesty wore blue for George's christening and pink for Charlotte's.

Daily Mail / The Sun

The christening was a very special occasion, and all involved appeared to have a wonderful time.


The christening photos grace the cover of magazines and newspapers all over the world. Below we see cover of this week's Hello! Magazine.

Hello! Magazine

What do you think of the photos? Who do you think Charlotte resembles?

257 comments:

  1. I think the photos are just wonderful and I love Testino's statement. How lovely to hear (what we all know is true!):)

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  2. OMG These pics are so cute! I love the one with Kate and Charlotte! It's nice to see them so relaxed in such formal settings, just so down to earth and one of the many reasons why I love this family! :-) Love your blog- best wishes from America!
    Emily

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  3. Adorable photos!!! George is such a wonderful little boy. But in my opinion Kate ist too thin. Her head looks so big?!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 20:57

      I don't like people calling someone TOO thin. She is thin, but as long as she's healthy it's nothing TOO about it. She does alot of sports, is (probably) breastfeeding and chases around a (rather energetic) 2-year old.

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    2. Agree Rebecca. Ali

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  4. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 17:51

    So happy to finally see the pictures. I love them! Yes, ofc there are nitpicks but nothing that stands out! I think it's a matter of taste. I myself love his style but it can't be everyone's cup of tea!

    I think the Kate/Charlotte one might have been a non-staged one choosen because Charlotte is looking at the camera. So the lighting etc is not as "perfect" as others. But I can see why they made the choice. Charlotte's side eye!! <3 She's as sassy as George already!!

    And that one with William and George laughing is so amazing! It will go down in history! His little teath are so adorable! And his hairpulling in the family picture and sitting with his feet on the couch in the formal family portrait. I think they managed very well to keep it natural and intimate while checking all the royal/formal boxes! Kudos. I also have to say I think they managed very well making the picture look "less empty" than it could have without Harry there.

    Also have to share this great selfie the Lionesses took at todays breakfast at KP: https://twitter.com/klbardsley/status/619063774935445504

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  5. I'm sorry if this has already been covered, but why isn't Prince Harry in the family portrait? Was he there that day?

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    1. He's in Africa

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    2. Julia from Leominster10 July 2015 at 02:50

      I do wonder why his trip to Africa couldn't have been put off until after the christening - and 7-7 as well, but I suppose Harry may be there on a programme or scheme that couldn't be postponed. A pity.

      I love the pictures. They have a wonderful spontaneity and lovely expressions. While I think the outside one could have been a bit better - it does capture George and Charlotte very well and William has a fabulous smile of sheer happiness. Love the one of him with his daddy. Miss the godparents that appeared so often in the past - DM has a nice spread but that's the couple's choice.

      Overall, I think Testino was a good choice, although I thought the George photos were quite nice too. Did miss the queen holding George as Victoria did with three generations - but that was no doubt the queen's choice. Do wonder why she always has her handbag in the photos - any ideas??

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  6. Tedi in California9 July 2015 at 17:52

    What beautiful pictures of a gorgeous family. The entire family looks wonderful, as captured by the talented Mario Testino. However the Cambridges are the stars of the show. The love, and devotion shine through. Little George and Charlotte are indeed blessed with such loving parents, to guide them through their lives. I do see a resemblance between sister, and brother, but also, Charlotte has her mother's beauty too. What a wonderful post Charlotte. I always enjoy reading your blog. You are insightful, informative, and upbeat. I hope the recent negative comments, I read here, will be put to rest, by the obvious devotion of this little family for each other. Brava, Charlotte!

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  7. Love the photos! I have a question: Wouldn't it be 4 successors to the throne because isn't Princess Charlotte in line after Prince William? You do a fantastic job keeping us up-to-date. Thank you.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 20:58

      I think when they say so it's more 3 probable future regents. Because otherwise we would have prince Phillip in the line as well (who's somewhere down the line through blood as well). But I get your point!

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    2. Princess Charlotte is 4th behind her brother I believe

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    3. It's a question of direct heirs -- otherwise Andrew, Anne, Edward and Harry would also be included, and many more. The three heirs photo, the one of just the Queen and her three direct heirs, was only taken at George's christening. There was no corresponding photo taken at this one. It's the current and next three presumed monarchs.

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  8. I hate to say this, but I thought the photos were not good at all :( They are all badly over exposed! The one of the group is the only one that is even marginally decent.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 20:59

      They are in a special style that Testino is known for. It isn't, and can't be, everyones cup of tea but since the Cambridges choose him they probably like the style.

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    2. I think the group photo was the best of them all. Thank You Charlotte for this wonderful update!xoxo

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    3. I agree. My first thought, when seeing the photo of the 4 family members, was "everyone who criticized Michael Middleton for his photo when George was born should apologize ". His was as good as Mr. Testino's in my opinion. However, I do love the formal family picture and that of William and George.

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    4. Bristomom
      That was my thought exactly. That someone should apologize to Michael Middleton. His was a tad better in my opinion. Although I enjoy seeing any photos of the rf.
      Does Charlotte have big beautiful eyes or what.
      Also, the more I think about it, the more I think the design on the Queen's gold filigree brooch is a tree of life. Quite appropriate for the day/the photos.

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    5. The one of Kate and Charlotte has harsh shadows and isn't reminiscent if his work...just seems amateur. I love his work, but these are not done well. On a positive note, I'll take anything they are willing to release! Love thus cute family.

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    6. I totally agree.. I was shocked when I saw the quality of the photos and it was a big distraction. These look like the work of an amateur not a pro. Having said that he did capture natural poses and I love how they look but what a shame! He should have photo shopped them to make up for the bad lighting. Perhaps he had a technical glitch with his equipment... that does happen. What a shame!

      However most folks will not care .. they are happy to see the pix and that is enough for alot of us.
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  9. Beautiful pictures! very relaxed. I like this setting more than Prince george's christening setting. However, I wish Mr. Testino had put Michael Middleton next to Carole.

    This time Will's folks are on the right hand side.

    Lekheeka from Minneapolis

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    1. Julia from Leominster10 July 2015 at 02:54

      I think he wanted to avoid too much white of putting Pippa in the centre and didn't want Camilla there eiither - but I'm a bit at a loss as to why he didn't put Michael next to Carole. Having the grandfather's on either side would have made sense to me and the taller men - James and Philip framing it. Must have thought it looked better this way.

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  10. Sarah from Calif.9 July 2015 at 18:04

    Absolutely Lovely :)
    Sad that Harry couldn't be there.

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    1. Harry being there would make the photo complete.

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  11. Another wonderful, speedy post, Charlotte! Thank you! And what lovely photos! I don't know if it's just my computer, or if Charlotte's eyes are really that dark. It doesn't matter - she's a cutie! She and George both have such kissable cheeks! :o) I see more of Catherine than William in Charlotte, but it's hard to tell...

    It's wonderful that Mr. Testino captured a photo of George's smile, to go along with all the other adorable facial expressions George has shown in the past. The extended family photo at Sandringham is excellent.

    From the photos I've seen on your blog and in other places, it seems like there was truly a joyful, celebratory feeling to the entire day. I hope that the entire Cambridge family holds on to that joy for decades to come!

    Julie

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  12. I think it is early to say who she takes after, certainly very George like:)) Which is a good sign;)

    The photos, I love when they are all four together, and the one William holds PG. Absolutely cute. The group family photo is ok, it is as usual. The least fave is where Kate holds Charlotte, it is such a pity, it should be a great photo, but the colour and the quality ruin it completely. It is a suprise for me that even Testino can take or rather make a photo like this.


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    1. I think she's the spitting image of her mother! And George looks more like Michael Middleton all the time.

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    2. I disagree. George is a combination of Wiliam, Prince Charles and Princess Anne

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    3. Also George has a bit of the Spencer side of the family in terms of looks.

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    4. I am not sure WHY the "colour and the quality ruin it completely". The fact that it is such a great and probably spontaneous picture of Kate and Charlotte and we see her eyes wide open is what we should concentrate. The lighting is the least important.

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    5. Anon 00.54: They ruin it because there's shadow behind Kate, the colour is washed out and unnatural and Charlotte's face is not in focus. All in all it looks like a badly captured photo and, considering Testino's reputation and experience, it's quite shocking. As for lighting - lighting is the first, most important element in photography, it's crucial and fundamental to the whole art. I agree with you that the subject matter is lovely but it's a shame it wasn't captured better.

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    6. I loved Testino's photos of Diana.
      (and how fortuitous that those were taken when they were). I liked his casual engagement photo of William and Kate sort of, but I did not like the formal one at all. It looked sort of surreal. These photos I do not like at all, particularly the one of Kate and Charlotte. These look totally out of whack to me and I am astonished that they were even released. It is like a totally different photographer took those Iconic photos of Diana.
      Don't mean to be negative but I was so disappointed in the quality of these photos. The subject matter I will always like though. I am a fan. :)

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    7. I like the shadow.

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    8. Haha it is so funny because each time I look at George, he reminds of somebody else: Michael Middleton, the Queen, Kate, of course William and so on. I suppose it depends on his expression and on us:))

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    9. Anon 2:49 I agree and if you look at the same pix in the newspaper you can see they photoshopped it to make the colors look more natural and not washed out -- Kate has color in her checks as does Charlotte. What I do LOVE about this photo is the adoring look of Kate at Charlotte -- she obviously is besotted with her! (as she is/was with George). What a great mum! And I love the B&W of Wills & George -- so cute and joyful!! Blueskygal

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    10. Perhaps the Kate/Charlotte picture is the only one where she had her eyes open and it was a spur of the moment catch so they released it. I really feel that he captured a great moment between Mother and Daughter and that far out weighs the lighting shadows.

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  13. Well, where do I begin? I am stunned and underwhelmed, was expecting much more from Testino. I would never had id'ed these as his photographs. They look like someone was walking through the park, happened to spot the British Royal Family and said "Wow, can I take a pic of you with my iPhone?" And the family, giddy on that day, happily smiled and obliged. Are they nice pics? Sure, but anyone commenting on this blog could have taken them. I think we have to look at them 2 ways: just as photos on their own and then considering the photographer who took them. Kate's personal photos of George and Charlotte are superior. Maybe there are magnificent photos that they're holding back for themselves, fair enough, but these look like pics anyone could take. They are very cute, but that's not why you hire Testino. Unless maybe we've discovered Testino is like the Emperor has no clothes... Hard to believe given his past work. Forget the Diana pics which have taken on a life of their own, his photos of the Prince of Wales with both sons are superb. This is quite disappointing.

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean and what another person said about the one of Kate holding Charolotte looking overexposed. The family one is nice and I really love the one of William holding George and laughing--very genuine. It is sort of odd that they aren't like any that he took of William and Kate (much less Diana) previously. I thought it odd that he didn't place Michael and Carole together as he did Charles and Camilla. It was however, fun to see the Queen so happy (she is said to not smile on command, so when she does, you know it's real).

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    2. I was going to write a post that echoed your thoughts exactly, but you beat me to it. The backgrounds in these photos are so haphazard. One looks like they are in a closet, one has half a buggy in the background. And Kate is again holding the baby's head wrong in one photo.Prop her head up Kate, so her neck isn't bent at an odd angle. Anybody with a phone could have just walked up and snapped these. No imagination or planning is apparent here. That being said,The one of William and George smiling IS very cute. They do all have great genuine smiles and their little family looks very happy and contented.

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    3. But the ones Kate took has only two subjects. These have so many people in one photograph! Without trying to sound rude, how would YOU as a photographer have taken these very pics? I'm just curious.

      Poor Testino he must be like "damned if you do, damned if tou don't" :)

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    4. Yeh, the lighting may not be great, but he has captured the great expressions and chemistry between Kate/ Charlotte and William/George. It is not easy to catch a 2 month old's eyes open and a 2 yr old smiling, so while not everything may be perfect in the background the subjects are captured perfectly.

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    5. I hadn't thought of it, but I agree that Kate's photos of her children are better.

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    6. I like the more informal, natural feel of these photos compared with PG's christening photos, and knowing how much William and Kate like a more relaxed feel, I'm sure they love these pictures. They certainly look nice and relaxed and I love how they made the most out of a beautiful day by having photos taken outside. The biggest let down for me is the shot of Kate and Charlotte. So disappointed by the poor quality because it's a nice shot just bad lighting and out of focus. Not what you'd expect from a photographer with Testino's reputation and experience!

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    7. I like the photo. To each their own:)

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    8. I cannot believe these photos were released. I am embarrassed for Mr. Testino, no offense anyone. I just can't believe it.

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    9. Barbara I thought it was just me who noticed that. Why does Kate hold Charlotte in an odd way. When she was holding her in front of the Lindo wing her head was not supported properly and it looked like she was holding a doll. And now the same thing.

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    10. I noticed the baby's lolling head too. Perhaps George held his head up more himself, and she's just holding the baby the same way? Seems like a feeble explanation, but babies do vary a lot. My DD1 could hold her head up at birth, but DD2 flopped around for a few weeks.

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  14. Lovely, lovely - aren't they a bonnie family! Especially nice to see George with a big smile. It is going to be fun watching these two grow - just wish Diana was here to share the joy - Linda

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  15. Beautiful!!!!

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  16. Thanks for the quick post!
    Charlotte definitely looks like George in these photos, though it's a bit hard to tell--she looks a bit sleepy in most of them. I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed with these shots, though I know getting an infant to cooperate (along with a toddler and everyone else in the group) isn't always easy.
    Her eyes and mouth especially remind me of George at that age.

    George looks so much like his grandfather Michael Middleton in that black and white photo! I think it's my favorite of the bunch.

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    1. He does look like Michael Middleton I think. Many of his expressions look just like his grandpas.

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  17. Aw love the photos. Although I was hoping for a pic of Prince Charles holding his granddaughter. I do think the Duchess head has an odd tilt to it similar to the Christening photos of Prince George. It looked like a beautiful day.

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  18. Sarah, Winston-Salem, NC9 July 2015 at 18:36

    I think these photographs are beautiful! I like that they are casually done, and even the one with the Middletons and Windsors is relaxed and not stiff or formal. I know that the family will treasure these forever. One of my hopes is that perhaps, in a few months, we will see a photo of William holding Charlotte. Other than when William carried her out to the car in her infant carrier on the day of her birth, we have not had a chance to see them photographed together. Given how strong his bond is with George, I know that he has the same bond with his daughter. It would be very sweet to see that. George obviously adores both of his parents, and I don't think he favors one over the other. He is very comfortable with both and feels secure with both. I'm sure that Charlotte does too, and that will become even more apparent as she gets older. I can tell that William and Catherine are loving and attentive parents, just as they are loving and attentive to one another.

    As far as who Charlotte resembles...I think she definitely looks like her brother when he was just a few months old. But, she also looks like her mother. George looks like a combination of William and Michael Middleton. They are two beautiful children.

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    1. The casual aspect was a good goal, the photography trying to capture that wasn't. What was he thinking?
      Even amateur photographers could take better photos. How sad.

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  19. The photos are absolutely beautiful and it is heartwarming to read Mario's words describing the strong bond between William and Kate and also their close relationship with the queen. princess Charlotte has changed a lot and she is beautiful. I love George with his feet on the sofa!

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  20. I maybe see a bit of the Queen in Charlotte. George has a lot of Grandpa Middleton in him.

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  21. Marci in Salt Lake City9 July 2015 at 18:40

    Wow, the smile on Prince Philip's face lights up everything! Everyone looks wonderful in the group photograph. George and Charlotte are gorgeous children; Pippa looks pretty (I'm one who thinks she doesn't always), and doesn't Carol Middleton have amazing hair in this photo?

    The two photos of mother-daughter and father-son are darling. I bet Charlotte will be just as good at natural posing as George seems to be. She is a lovely little girl. I especially like her eyebrows. And do you think she has the beginnings of natural curl in her hair?

    All the pictures are heart-warming to see. Thanks, Charlotte, for your presentation of them.

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  22. I was just wondering whether they take the room where the photos are to be taken into account when choosing their outfits. The room where George's christening photos were taken had stronger blues and everybody wore darker blues and creams whereas this is a lighter room with creams and pinks and everybody's clothes in pastels and creams worked beautifully together but also complimented the room! I wonder. Beautiful room!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 21:05

      Very, very probable!

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  23. Fun, lovely photos. I miss Harry. George and Charlotte seem to have grandfather Michael Middleton's beautiful brown eyes! I love the family photo.

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  24. Anne, California, USA9 July 2015 at 18:55

    Heartwarming, beautiful pictures! Very healing and hopeful after the dark days and sadness we endured in '97. Must be a particular blessing to Mr. Testino. Too bad Prince Harry couldn't be there! Absolutely sparkling, gorgeous children.

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  25. Great pics! once again Prince George steals the show. Princess Charlotte does look very much like her brother at that age. Charlotte, can you post a side by side of the two if you haven't already. William and Catherine look very happy and Mario Testino has confirmed what we all see......love and happiness between the two. Thanks Charlotte.

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  26. Jennifer from Wisconsin9 July 2015 at 18:55

    What a beautiful family! I love the photos. Charlotte looks like George and Kate! Thanks Charlotte 😀

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  27. One more thing.....Do you think we will ever see William holding Charlotte? LOL I don't think Catherine give her up easily.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 21:07

      I just think that mother and infant are naturally more glued to eachother (especially if breastfead) and when they only have one child you can switch a little but since they now have both it can be easier if the mother is close to the infant and the father running after the more lively toddler. :)

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    2. Rebecca, I was just kidding, I am sure PW holds his daughter and Duchess Kate chases after George or vice versa- it was not meant to be serious but I get your point.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 01:03

      Oh ok. I've seen this comment all over the internet today so I took it seriously..

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  28. I absolutely love the photos!! I think they are so beautiful and provide an insight into their small family. I love that they chose to release a picture where George is pulling at his hair-too cute!! Though I will add that I am very surprised that they released the pictures on Twitter without any announcement at all. (SPOILER ALERT: MINOR NEGATIVITY) I can image that some news outlets were not happy with KP's decision, which may bite the RF in the butt later down the road. With all the squabble about Princess Charlotte's first official photo being realized on twitter exclusively, this time around it could be worse. I just think this wasn't the best move, but thats not to say I didn't love the photos, because I did. I think they are wonderful and I love the candid shots!!

    Amelia

    PS: I think Charlotte looks a lot like Kate and George, what a beautiful family!!

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    1. Curious Amelia, how else would they release these in this day and age of digital imaging?

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    2. THrough the official media, rather than Twitter.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 15:28

      The official media just breaks the embargo all the time :P

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    4. The media were aware of the pictures release. Rebecca English from the DM said so

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    5. Really, Rebecca? Recently it's seemed just the opposite! :P

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    6. And it didn't prevent them from printing them in their papers - so no financial impact.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden11 July 2015 at 01:48

      Hmm, last time it was broken (but maybe they did since in their mind KP broke it first). It just feels like emabrgo is broken all the time with little hints and descriptions of the picture. But I have no facts to back it up.

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  29. Beverlee Utah
    Prince George is playing with his hair just like William in some of his early photos, very endearing,
    Beautiful photos thank you for the post.

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  30. i think Charlotte resembles Queen Elizabeth! Adorable. Beautiful photographs. I started crying. silly. i'm sure its pregnancy hormones! <3

    I especially loved the Duchess' hair and hat for the christening!
    Love your blogs, Charlotte!

    - US fan :)

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    1. HM has some very dominant genes. :-) Lady Louise is like her mini-me, and now another strong resemblance in the next generation.

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  31. Okay, while I see the intrinsic beauty and value of these photographs I actually do not like the style they are taken in. They seem odd and too stylized. The proportions of William and Catherine's heads and bodies seem off. I will say, though, that I do prefer the group shot this time round than the one with Prince George. I like the background far better; it seems softer and there are less distracting elements. All in all, even though the family is visibly overjoyed in them, I'm just not a fan of the photos.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 21:14

      I can see how someone don't like the style. It's a more specific style than is usual in formal photography. But I think it shows (mostly) Kate's style. As an art student she might have a more pecific and thought out style that she likes. And we can see that in the picture of George, William, Kate and Lupo in the window, in the choice of painter for her portrait and now this. It's a kind of overexposed sepia/grayscale feel that can be jarring if you're not a fan of it. I personally am, and I even more like that it gives a personal effect aand insight rather than a more "school photo" kind of style :)

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    2. I disagree, if this were Kate's style the photos would look more like those she took herself-which by the way, I think are just beautiful. I really like these as well, but Kate's are more warm and fuzzy if you know what I mean.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 01:02

      Well, a person can have different styles and be good at different things. I'm good at fantastical photoshop but my taste is more towards realistical. :) So you can be both :)

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    4. Rebecca, are you a photographer? I am, but photoshopping in my case is limited to enhancing, erasing oddities, cropping, and straightening. I keep wanting to straighten that door frame in the photo of Kate and Charlotte, even though I don't want to change the angle at which Kate stands. Testino avoided any such problem with the group photo by taking it on their level, with all vertical lines straight. That photo is quite reminiscent of the group photo after Charles and Camilla's wedding, but that one was taken at Windsor Castle.

      I believe Testino reviewed older photos. His outdoor photo or the family of four is very similar to Mike Middleton's of the three. His formal group photo is similar to the wedding photo I talked about above, as well as to George's christening photo and other christening pictures (Charles's, William's, etc.). The picture of Kate and Charlotte is a companion piece to the picture of Kate and baby George which was eventually released after his christening. The picture of William and George, however, is spontaneous and original - and I wonder what Testino did to get smiles like those from George and Prince Philip!?

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 15:29

      No, I jusst do photomontaugess for my own pleasure :P

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  32. Lovely dark-eyed little Princess Charlotte! She looks very much like her elder brother Prince George. The photos are all beautiful and breathtaking. It's so nice to see the Royal and the Middleton Family joined together for this special and most touching occasion.

    Thank you for this wonderful post dear Charlotte!

    Monica, France



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  33. Love them all!
    they all are great and look happy!

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  34. Charlotte looks a great deal like the baby picture of Kate, held by her grandmother. She does have Kate's dark hair, and her eyes appear dark as well. Funny, George appears to be pulling both his hair and his father's ear in the first picture, and Charlotte is sticking her tongue out a bit in the third one. Kids will be kids, however celebrated the photographer! These pictures in that regard are much like the other photos we have seen of the family, nicely informal. The formal group picture is lovely. Again, no photo with the godparents, but perhaps that's as they prefer it.

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  35. Buzz kill here. I've never been a big fan of Testino. He often has a way of creating a shot that distorts his subjects' proportions so that their heads look too big for their bodies. The seated group photo looks fantastic, but Kate's head looks like a popsicle on a stick in the other shots. Also, the back lighting in the garden photos might be as bad as what Grandpa Mike did with the baby George picture. My wedding photographer did the same thing: portions of people's heads in our big family shot were completely bleached out from the sun behind them. I can't believe Testino didn't set up the Cambridge 4 pose better!

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  36. Lovely. But it would have been nice to see William holding his daughter.

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  37. Are the americans all asleep. Princess charlotte does look a bit like prince george but i think she is going to be dark and definitely has kates eyes
    .Lovely photos I always love the way Mario Testino takes photos that look like informal snaps particularly the last two.

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    1. We are wide awake over here, but many are at work.

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  38. Will and Kate are absolutely STUNNING in these pictures! (I didn't originally like Kate's white dress next to the ivory christening gown, but it looks great with the professional lighting.)

    I laughed when I saw George in the family picture--when I was little I would have gotten in so much trouble if I put my feet on the furniture at Grandma's house. Maybe his Granny doesn't mind? :)

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    1. He looked cute if only it was not a formal photograph, and with the Queen sitting on the same sofa as his little active shoes he used outdoor the same morning. May be these are things neglected in the middle of a long and exciting day. A social secretary with a good balance of conservative and progressive etiquette and values would have corrected it before the photo shots.

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    2. He's just a little boy, I am pretty sure HM doesn't give a rip if he has his shoes of the sofa-geeze

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    3. Bella, USA10 July 2015 at 00:55
      With all due respect to your assumption as well as others including myself, another guess is, 60 years ago, the queen would not have allowed her own son to photograph like that next to her. I also bet there are no such photos of Prince Charles/#1 bet and #2, even Charles’ sons in formal photography sitting like that next to the queen.

      Many families have certain customs with in their own families and one of them is no shoes on sofas. In cultures where people wear short shorts and miniskirts, it is assumed that many bacteria is picked up from shoes on sofas. Remember this is not a discussion about our perfection which I am not at all. It is about exchanging thoughts, values, costumes etc.

      Many families also have the freedom of choices for their families as long as it is not over pushed on others.

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    4. anon15
      If you live with this level of furnishings for 80 years you have seen plenty of stuff end up on your sofa:) I am sure if George is in that room very often Granny will be sure and ask him to keep his feet on the floors, or maybe not, I have lived with several elderly parents and grandparents and most of them really relaxed about that type of stuff as they aged, it was usually the parents and under 40 set that was more uptight. Frankly no one I knew was thinking of germs it was just dirt that left a mark.

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    5. Julia from Leominster10 July 2015 at 16:21

      Oh the memories - in the dim part of my brain - I hear Mum saying - "shoes off the sofa!..." It was a losing battle which children, cats and dogs and even my dad! Never even make the effort these days with the current pups and Mr Leo!

      At George's age, imagine they're just glad to get him sitting still and looking at the camera - he has that look - is this going to be over soon! When he's sixteen and with his mates - it might be a different story - but suspect they won't be in that white sitting room at Sandringham either!

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    6. What difference does it make? George has a sweet way of wrapping almost everyone around his finger including myself.

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    7. I quite agree, Bella. When one is living with furniture which has been in one's family literally hundreds of years, no one thinks twice about putting one's feet up. I sincerely doubt HM worried much about her own children doing the same, but as times were different then and the Monarchy saw itself as an upholder of middle class values, I strongly suspect those photographs and films reflected middle class mores of their time, rather than how the family actually lived. As to the sanitary condition, no one cares a fig for that, either. The dogs, the children, biros - literally everyone and everything is on the furniture in whatever pose he or she chooses. The difference being HM's staff probably clean the upholstery rather more often than we commoners.

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    8. It brings fragmented memories of a combination of some families peeves.
      -Some are dead serious about letting shoes on their carpets, and this I have observed across classes and generations, race and national origin. My samples are limited among people I know. That rule I least care for because one should rather have clean slippers ( may be offer even cheap ones around the house for guests) for the house than obsess with your guests or family members ruining the carpet.
      -There are also the elders who cover their sofas to prevent its damage. This I have observed more in US.
      -No children on adult’s bed could be another culture’s rule, but have observed that too.
      -No shoes on the sofas and on the tables is almost universal in my opinion except it is a rule that is not well adhered to.
      -The rules go on and on, including no elbows on dining tables.

      Toddlers, who recently started mumbling their sweet talk, do their walk and at times rebel worse than a teenager can take your fascination as well as give you an up and down mood swing. For the most part, they can be so sweet and get away with mischief or missing out on the rules of the family. Look at George sitting so sweetly there in the group photo; toddlers seem to get away with it some what.

      The caliber of the royal family’s status probably maintains up to four living rooms; One formal, a casual, children’s space to be themselves and a fourth whatever business to use it for. The monarchy is also an image that can easily be emulated by their “fans”/dedicated citizens etc. That is why a historically significant and formal portrait might need to prevent any minor or major controversy with the values of the % global populous that sometimes nearly “worships” them. Global populous in Britain’s case especially because Britain had its marks on several countries including the Commonwealth countries.

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    9. Hee hee Pandora, you are so right on the HM's staff cleaning way more than "we commoners". Ali

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis11 July 2015 at 01:18

      I think it's safe to say the Queen hasn't cleaned her own furniture in a long time, if ever, and there's a chance she doesn't even really consider things like shoes staining couches bc that's not really her concern. Or maybe she just didn't notice George doing that. Or doesn't care.

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  39. These are beautiful pictures. Mr Testino did a fabulous job.
    Although I miss a picture with only Charlotte and her parents like the one they took with George back in 2013. As a second child she should be pictured also only with her parents.
    But I could also truely understand that they probably wanted their whole family pictured - and George is such an adorable member of the Cambridge family. Very cute.
    I wish you all a wonderful thursday evening!

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  40. Gorgeous photos! I think Charlotte is a perfect blend of both William and Catherine. She has her Mother's dark looks and she has her Father's shape of face. But each picture I see of her she reminds me of someone else. Isn't it funny how genetics work?! When she was first born, I thought she looked like Queen Elizabeth.

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    1. I also thought she looked like Queen Elizabeth back when they left the hospital with her. In these pictures she looks a lot like Kate but there's still something 'Windsor' about her, too. It will be interesting to see who she resembles when she's George's age!

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    2. I could not agree more!

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  41. I think the group of the 4 Cambridges is charming and the shot of William and George is nice too. The large group photo is a very formal shot although of course there are broad smiles all round but I find it dull and it's a shame Testino didn't catch Charlotte looking straight on. The formal shots of George at his christening were better in my opinion. The one I really do not like is the one of Kate and Charlotte. With the shadow behind, the slightly awkward setting, the awkward angle, the blurring of the image in the foreground - I can see where Testino was going with it as an informal shot but it doesn't come off I think. Kate looks a lot like her mum in all the shots and yes Charlotte is very like George too. Although he's fair like William, I think he really has a Middleton look to his chubby cheeks :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden9 July 2015 at 21:21

      A thing that can make a whole lot of difference in the "connection issue" is that George was a whole month older at his christening. The eye contact and general "precence" of the kid changes alot during that time. That is why I think they chose the Kate/Charlotte picture even if it's not top notch in photography skill it is so rare to catch a 2 month old looking open-eyed into a camera.

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    2. In the formal group picture, I think Charlotte was interested in the Queen's gloved hands. Something she maybe had not seen before.

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    3. If Mike Middleton reads these comments, he must feel a certain sense of vindication!

      Once when we had family photos taken, the photographer took several shots in the same arrangement, then photoshopped the best expressions onto the final picture. The effect was OK, but I prefer a family photo we had made earlier in which everyone is simply looking as they looked. I wonder whether Testino did some of that expression shopping.

      The picture of Kate with baby George and William has the same look about head and neck as in this picture of the four. Could it be the angle at which she is looking? I especially like the photo of Kate and Charlotte. The skin tones are beautiful, and there's a hint of sparkling mischief about Charlotte.

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  42. Notice that the Queen is wearing blue in Prince George's christening photo and pink in Charlotte's. I like the group photo and the outdoor photo. Not so crazy about the one of Catherine and Charlotte because the baby is out of focus.

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  43. Wonderful to wake at 6am and see these photos. Love the b&w will & George one :)

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  44. I think they group photo of the whole family is absolutely lovely. They all look so happy and relaxed. But I will admit that I do not like the rest. Especially the one of the family in the garden. Kate's head looks big and her body small. It looks like some bad photoshopping.
    As someone else said Mario has a way of making the heads on photos larger and body smaller.
    Like he did with one of William and Kate's engagement photos.
    They still look very stiff and formal too me.
    Everyone looks beautiful in them though.

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  45. The photo of the four of them together is very awkward. It looks as if Kate and Charlotte are photoshopped in front of William and George. Proportionately it is off as well. As stated earlier, it looks like Kate's head is too large, I think that is because somehow her shoulders are made to look way more narrow than they really are. If you look at the other photos from the same shoot, it is obvious. That being said, they are a beautiful family and look very happy, and that is what matters the most!

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  46. I like the family picture and the one with William and George, but the first one has been photoshopped... Kate's jaw is definitely thinner in the photo, and the proportions are off, as mentioned in some of the comments. That is somewhat disappointing considering it is Mario Testino who took the pictures!!! Also, the one with Kate and Charlotte is overexposed. Honestly, Kate did a much better job with her pictures of Charlotte and George!

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  47. I like all of them EXCEPT the one of the four of them, which looks inexpertly edited or airbrushed. Kate was so beautiful that day (and so gorgeous in all the other pictures), but in this shot, to me, something is off with the proportions of her face and neck.

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    1. I thought her head/neck proportions were off-putting in the pictures from George's christening (especially the one with Kate, Will and George), although it may have been the angling of her head towards William. Maybe the hats make her head look artificially large? Maria

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  48. Thank you Charlotte! A wonderful post as usual, thank you for taking the time to work on this for us, it means a lot. I love seeing the Cambridges as a family of four - they all look so happy, well the kids don't seem too amused at the camera when their Mom is not behind it. I echo other people's sentiments concerning Charlotte - she does look like a mix between Kate and George, and she looks very much like George did at his christening. I can't wait to watch her grow up and see what her personality is like. I loved Mr. Testino mentioning that Will and Kate "had a positive energy and were solid team" that's why I love those two so much. Can't wait for little Georgie's birthday next, will there be official photos this time around?

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  49. Are her eyes blue or brown? they look different in each photo!

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  50. I am a bit disappointed. The photos from George's day were gorgeous. The exposure is way off on these. Its a shame but even more so when you consider the person who took them. The one of will and George is adorable though. I will say aside from that the duchess looked incredible!

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  51. Ruth from Bklyn9 July 2015 at 23:25

    Lovely, Lovely. In my eyes Charlotte looks like QE11; the nose, the mouth, the forehead. She has Catherine's eyes and coloring, but she has Windsor stamped all over her

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  52. I agree with the comments about distortions and Kate looking somehow too skinny and distorted. The group picture is wonderful. I think Kate is just lovely. Blessings to all!

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  53. Testino's black and white captures the essence/personality/soul of his subjects as in the past and also PW&PG here. His color photography seems to be best for high gloss magazines, commercials, bill boards etc. IMO PG's /2013 group photo has a little more "life".
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    To those who complained G&C photo taken by Kate has shadow, take a look here with the work of a highly claimed photographer, picture # 3 with Kate and baby.

    Michael Middleton photos/2013 came out without any touch up or revision. He did a good job in capturing the mood of the couple on a bright out door day, but the light on William’s forehead in an angle was the mistake unfortunately.

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  54. Yup, so far she looks a lot like Prince George. Wonder if her hair will stay darker.

    I love that picture of George and William, with George laughing. I hope there might be some pictures of George alone that they will publish for his birthday, doesn’t make sense to have another photographer for those.

    And ROLF at the Queen’s purse always getting a prime position in family photos.

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  55. I think the photos look great. I didn't expect to see the more relaxed casual shots and what a treat the are! Charlotte looks just like Kate (I'm thinking of the photo where Carole is sitting on a bed and holding her newborn baby girl). And the formal shot is lovely, just lovely. William looks sooo happy with his family...wonderful to see! I only wish Diana was here to enjoy it, and would she ever!

    P.S. I giggled with delight when I saw Carole in the center of the photo. It reminds me of a close friend's attitude..."living well is the best revenge." Indeed! :)))

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  56. There are a lot of different opinions here... I just want to say that regardless of whether you appreciate the style or not, that is a happy family celebrating one of the most special days in a person's life !! They are a beautiful family.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 01:01

      Exactly, and I think the comments have been respective of that and only commented on their view of the artstyle :)

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    2. I agree. It is so nice to see and hear from Mr. Testino how much William and Kate love each other. I am happy for them.

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      Just about every time you nail it down. I think it is also because you are willing to "see" clearly and fairly as well as interested information and some experience.

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    4. That's right Rebecca. So glad the love was apparent. Like you said though the criticisms are about the actual photography and finished product.

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  57. I love the group photo. Is this the most photogenic group of people ever? I'm sure there were many shots taken with eyes closed, etc., but this is beautiful. It tickled me to see George's shoes up on the settee. I'm still not sure about the color of Carole Middleton's outfit. I thought it looked cream color, but in this photo it appears to be almost silver.

    I agree with you Royalfan. Carole must feel overwhelmed at times and brimming with pride.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 01:24

      Alot of people trained to always look good if captured on camera. Must be a rather easy bunch to make look decent, maybe harder to look spontaneus :P

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    2. It amazes me how Carole and Michael seem to take this all in their stride. It must seem almost overwhelming at times. They have a business to run, three children to be there for, with one who needs a little more support perhaps a she assimilates into her new roles, and now, two beautiful grandchildren, slightly high profile at that. Not many people could handle all that as discreetly and consistently smoothly as they do.

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    3. I think the Royal family no doubt had researched the Middletons very much to let Kate into the family in such a pivotal position (wife of an heir, mother to an heir and spare, direct descendant of every future heir). That, coupled withWiliam's experiences within the Middleton family, proved that the Middetons definitely had attributes that the rf wanted in their futures. As Harry said, "Inviting Kate into the family is huge." I think they are more than happy they did.

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  58. Maryland Moxie10 July 2015 at 01:14

    I don't think Kate's vintage theme and Testino's modern photography style worked well together at all. He managed to make Prince Phillip look decent and that's really all that matters.

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  59. I'm a fan of Testino's work, and I think these shots are beautiful! I know the one with Kate holding Charlotte looks quite Photoshopped, but that might be okay because it looks very contemporary. I think it's important that the new family of four look modern and not old-fashioned.

    I'm also really pleased to see that Kate has changed her eyeshadow. Now she just needs to change the eyeliner. :)

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      I also reacted in that one on how gorgeos her eyeshadow is!

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    2. Now THAT is what eyeshadow is meant to do. How attractive and perfect was that. Loved her entire outfit including hair, make-up and accessories. She has such grace and poise. Her natural demeanor is inherently regal as was mentioned before. She wore the outfit beautifully.

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    3. Quite agree the eyeshadow is a vast improvement. It also reflects the professional's choice trick of opening and enhancing the eye. I am not necessarily suggesting HRH The Duchess had a professional make up her face - by now one presumes she is becoming quite the dab hand.

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  60. I would like to thank Camilla for wearing blue. The color of the day was obviously Cream. Don't understand why pippa felt she had to copy Kate. This is probably the first and only time I liked camilla's outfit the best, due to the lovely color.

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  61. Maggie - Minneapolis10 July 2015 at 02:57

    Goodness, Charlotte looks so much like Kate did as a baby! Both her and George are adorable and I do love that picture of George and William.
    I still wish the other Middleton women hadn't also picked such light colors. It just makes no one on that side stand out which seems odd to me because it's supposed to be about Charlotte except their outfits ensure that she doesn't pop. I also like the color of Camilla and the Queen just because it just makes the photo seem happier to me/makes it actually seem like they are celebrating a child if that makes sense. I just think bright colors showcase the joy of a christening and welcoming a new baby into your fold/religion of that makes sense. I don't get it when ppl say maybe they did it out of deference - I think it makes it seem like they're one family and the Queen and Camilla are separate.
    I agree that the photos seem weirdly photoshopped. Keep in mind that Kate is an art history graduate and may play a huge role in the design of these pictures. Photographers may not feel comfortable changing her suggestions/plans. I'm absolutely not trying to blame Kate in any way here - just think that by only complaining about Testino we aren't being fair. Especially since I'm sure he gave all the originals to the Cambridges too so it was a choice to use photoshopped pictures. I'm also a little disappointed they released the William and George picture now. Why not save it for the birthday and really make this about Charlotte? It just already felt like George was the focus of the christening even before. Obviously George is just at a cuter age that attracts more attention, but they don't need to play that up at Charlotte's event.

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    1. People agrees with you, Maggie. Their latest article about the photos says that Kate had a definite idea for the look and feel of the photos, according to Ingrid Seward.

      And now that you say it, saving that shot for George's birthday would have been lovely. Maybe they have one in reserve.

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  62. I think the photos are from Mars. I do like that Kate lightened up her outfit to provide contrast to the christening gown. With George's christening I liked her dress but it did blend in with the christening gown too much. Loved that the family had great joy.
    Do not like the photos. At all.

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    1. They do look very surreal, even the smiles in the group photo look uber phony or photoshopped.
      Seriously, are these a joke?
      Harry will be so glad he wasn't there.

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    2. The Guardian reporter didn't like the photos either.

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  63. Canadian Friend10 July 2015 at 03:56

    Thank you, Charlotte, for being so quick off the mark with your post about the photos.

    I know I'm in the minority but I'm quite disappointed with the photos. The group shot is by far the best. I'm afraid the others are rather disappointing. I think the one with all four of the Cambridges is fine but not too far off what Michael Middleton produced when George was a baby. The one of George and William is lovely but this is meant to be Charlotte's day, not George's. He is lovely but I wish we could have seen more photos of her-with George, with William, with both her parents, etc.. The one of Kate and Charlotte looks like a friend took it as they were rushing off to somewhere else. I think the main problem may be that Charlotte is still very young, almost a month younger than George at his christening so to expect much more from her may be unrealistic. It may be a case of just too much build up and anticipation. Still, a lovely family-I'm glad to see them happy and healthy.

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  64. Charlotte, I think now you should really post big pictures of all Four Christenings Prince William's, Prince Harry's, Prince George's and Princess Charlottes so that all of us can dissect, compare and describe which one we like best. Perhaps you can even do a VOTE. :)

    As far as who Princess Charlotte resembles, me now thinks that she resembles Queen Elizabeth the II and Queen Victoria!!! Yes, you just have to look a bit a closely and you'll see the resemblance with Vicky!

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    1. I hope she resembles Kate or Queen Elizabeth way more than Queen Victoria, no offense Victoria.

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  65. For a moment, I thought the portrait in the background between Charles and Camilla was a portrait of Alice Keppel. (Thus Camilla's large grin?) Then I noticed the one behind Pippa and it is the same person in that portrait I think. Whew,
    I have got to take a break from this Royal family stuff.......

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    1. You know, that isn't that far fetched. If King Edward had portraits done of Alice Keppel and I don't know any reason why he wouldn't have, knowing all the other unprecedented privileges he insisted upon for her. Those could very much so be portraits of Alice. They put up many portraits good bad and indifferent and Charles has been acquiring for Camilla Jewelry of Alice's and Camilla wears that Jewelry front and center and often.
      So it is not so far fetched after all.
      Sure looks like Alice between Charles and Camilla.

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    2. I would be really surprised if portraits of royal mistresses, no matter how famous, were hung in the private living quarters of the Queen. I might be surprised to find them in public spaces, too, but less surprised than hearing that HM has photos of Edward VII's mistresses strewn about her private quarters.

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    3. From what I have read about some of William's ancestors, portraits of mistresses "strewn" about the palace sounds really tame.

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    4. Bluhare, that was submitted and presented tongue in cheek. Although....

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  66. I don't know where everyone keeps getting that vintage theme. Was it the pram?
    Those are still used today. The clothes were very modern. The mid calf length is currently popular. The Norland uniform is the current one. It wasn't 50's. I was around in the 50's and that christening definitely was not 50's. It was a traditional but contemporary christening. I just wish the photos had lived up the beautiful event/day.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 July 2015 at 15:32

      I kind of agree. This kind of style is very contemporary. I think the pram was what turned people towards vintaage.

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    2. Me too Rebecca. The pram was what did it. Don't know of any other stroller that would have been appropriate for the day. Plus, those are iconically British and I think the largest manufacturer is in Britain. Let's see if there is a run on prams now.

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    3. Just a little correction. The Norland Uniform is actually not the current one. It appears to be the one that was in use when Nanny Teresa graduated. On the last post a link to a DM article telling how they had been updated around 2012 or 2013. I actually like the old one better.

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    4. Julia from Leominster11 July 2015 at 00:57

      I would call it traditional perhaps rather than vintage. Prams are still used of course, but that one is vintage. Nannies wear uniforms but not as often these days. Some people saw George's clothes as old-fashioned and of course the formal clothes and the hats add to the effect. I don't think it was one thing but just everything put together - a dressed-up mum in heels pushing an older pram rather than a young mum in boots and jeans pushing one of those new-fangled extremely expensive prams with her mobile pinned to her ear and a Starbucks coffee in her other hand.

      I am actually very traditional - so I quite liked it. Not at all keen on making little ones into mini-adults before their time especially - and thought Nanny Teresa look splendid in her uniform.

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  67. Both children seem very spunky. Good thing William and Kate had all those years together to enjoy each other almost full time as a couple because I think they are going to be very pre-occupied now keeping up with George and Charlotte, (and maybe more, hopefully).

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  68. Tammy from California10 July 2015 at 05:47

    I can't get past Georgie's darling smile! I wanna squeeze his little monkey cheeks!
    Darling family, happy aunties, uncles and grandparents: that's all that really matters in the pictures, and everyone looks wonderful. I do agree with a commenter above: I wonder why the Queen always has her purse in pictures?

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  69. i love the photos too and I love the Cambridge family in the garden they seems relax and Its natural too see that kate and charlotte they are natural mother and daughter tandem are nice father and son are good too they are the new taste of British monarchy how I wish prince harry is there

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  70. Tammy from California10 July 2015 at 05:56

    One more thing: James' facial hair reminds me of an old-time-traveling-circus-potions/elixir salesman. All he needs is a cane.

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    1. so, so ,so tired of the facial hair look on everyone...can't stand it. it just looks ridiculous. agreed.

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    2. Hahaha :)
      I think he needs a good trim. It's getting a little too thick, he looked way better when he had a full beard but was shaved closer to his face.

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    3. LOL!!!! Except now I can't unsee it.

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    4. He looks better with the beard than he did without it. I like it.

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  71. lovely photos. The group one captures both the historic occasion and the happy mood. the informal family ones are really special. the camera loves George & he steals the show. I can see why some people would be uneasy about the digital manipulation but as Rebecca from Sweden has pointed out that's part of Testino's style.

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      I can see though that his style lends itself MUCH better to glossy fashionspreads though, and not so much royal portraits :P

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    2. Me too Rebecca but there's a little voice in my head that says the same was said of Cecil Beaton at the time and his photos of the royals have become classics. With these photos I thought the group one was very much in the tradition of royal portraiture and the higher ceiling in the room improved the composition. With the rest it's hard to know how much is Testino and how much the Cambridges. I'm assuming they had a large number of images to choose from and these photos are how they want the event & their family recorded for posterity.

      Did you see this very grumpy piece by Jonathon Jones in the Guardian?
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/09/mario-testino-portrait-william-kate-children

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  72. Those portraits in the background do resemble Alice Keppel, and one of them is prominent between Charles and Camilla.
    You don't suppose......

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  73. have to agree. expect much much more from Testino ...They make no sense as a "group"- and as such, I think they fall far short- and fall apart as a "collection". just mho....

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  74. I am not interesting with the photography but the photos disappointed even me. Charlotte was so beautiful in the big family photo, but she is so minor in this photo. Photographer not focused Charlotte in the other photos too. Shooting move away from the purpose thats why i think.
    Charlotte is a bit sleepy or a cool baby than George i think. In George's baptism photos we saw more then face expressions of him. But these photos we can't see Charlotte's any gesture. Shooting not focused Charlotte, may be thats why but i think Charlotte is cooler than George :)

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  75. What a shame! These pictures are......not good at all. I agree with someone way above who stated they are all horribly overexposed. Not flattering to the subjects at all. The Duchess has been badly photoshopped in several of the pictures and it's beyond disappointing. Looking beyond that, Charlotte is very cute and George is adorable! And the pictures of them walking to church were much better---they are a gorgous family!

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  76. Julia from Leominster10 July 2015 at 16:14

    Mr Leo did some professional photography in his giddy youth and he gave a "yes" to the photographs - especially that one of the four. He was drawing lines and triangles to explain why the construction was superior to Michael Middleton's - all beyond me - I was never clever at maths.

    I liked the fact that the light was good - which wasn't the case with Mr Middleton's. Even I, as dim photographer as I am, know to test the light before I go on, easy these days with digiltal and to move my subjects - usually rollacking dogs, if the sun isn't right. (Mr Leo always thinks it's funny if I tell the sun it should be somewhere else.) Michael Middleton also cut poor Tillie off - a crime. It should have been 'wake up Tillie! We're taking your photo. Don't let Lupo and his tongue steal the show.'

    Thought the group one was about as good as such things get. (Although I love George's waving arms last time - so George.) Hubby says he would have had Middleton siblings framed by their parents too, so that takes care of that quibble. I like the shade of Camilla's blue but it does stick out where everyone else is in creams or warm pink hues - but I'm not sure what you do about that - at least all were in soft tones - which works with Sandringham. I am surprised they didn't choose one of Charlotte looking forward - maybe they liked her looking towards her gran.

    As for Kate's jaw - she may feel her face is fuller than usual so that's why it got photoshopped. It is my least favourite as far as Kate goes because she has a very pronounced jaw and a slight grimice to her smile - and that photo managed to capture both of those things - as well as her heavy mascara. The background is so white too.

    My favourite is the one of William and George - it is very Testino - really identifies his style far more than the other shots - and the expressions are wonderful. George has not been a smiley child in public - rather cautious so it is lovely to see him really let loose. He looks beyond precious - so adorable, it makes my heart melt. For many reasons, I hope people look down from heaven, and I hope Diana sees that one of her son so happy.

    Do think it's better to refer to three heirs rather than four - as Charlotte would only take if something happened to her brother.

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  77. Tammy,
    Beards are very popular right now for men Jame's age. Here in San Diego they are very, very popular. My brother has even grown a beard. I didn't realize he was even aware of fashion trends. Who knew?

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  78. WHAT is in the Queen's purse?????????
    THAT has been an on-going question for sure. I have had thoughts that maybe it contains a device she can detonate and blow up any adversarial country if ever necessary at a moments notice. Or, perhaps more realistically, a device that would self destruct her and any nearby foe should she deem that her rescue is futile. I doubt she would let herself be taken prisoner. She knows too much.
    Or, it could just be her ever favorite red lipstick and a little face powder, mints and a little package of Kleenex, oh, and a spare key to the palace in case she has locked herself out.
    Whatever it is it is of extreme importance to her as she even has it by her side when she does her weekly meetings with the prime minister and others.
    We may never know. I am hoping she lives many more years healthfully, and when she does pass :(, that we will be told by her biographer, truthfully, what was in her purse.

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    1. Julia from Leominster11 July 2015 at 01:02

      It is odd it was out both times when other ladies but theirs out of sight - know Camilla had one because she used it as a privacy shield for her wardrobe malfunction. Mr Leo says we couldn't be sure it was really the queen if we didn't spot that handbag - so maybe that is the point!

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    2. Julia times two-"Wake up, Tillie" Absolutely hilarious post. Wben you're good, Leo, you're very good.
      And privacy shield!"
      Anon 16:35- also hysterically funny Lock herself out of the castle, indeed.
      Comic relief is a good thing. Had to plow through a lot of manure to get to the pony, though.

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  79. Charlotte, when do you think we can expect to see Kate again? George and Charlotte?
    oh yeh, and William?
    When is Harry's return from Africa?

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  80. Absolutely lovely. I so wish Mr Testino had been chosen for HRH Prince George's christening. He has quite captured the "soul" of each of his subjects - imagine the talent to do so with babies! - whilst having the "fashion photographer's" eye of putting each of his subjects in their most attractive light. Thank you for a gorgeous post, Charlotte.

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  81. Someone had mentioned that George was stomping his feet while William was holding his hand. I watched that video again and I think George's new dressy shoes might have been uncomfortable to him. The ankle strap goes up pretty high on his foot to where his ankle meets his foot and it may have been a little tight there. They probably fit perfectly when purchased but children grow so quickly and hopefully the strap can be adjusted. I noticed he was kind of flopping his feet as he walked also like he couldn't get full range of motion with those shoes.
    I remember uncomfortable new dress shoes as a child, watching George shuffle around brought that all back to me. I was such a fashionista even then that I toughed it out even when band aids were involved. :)

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    1. Julia from Leominster11 July 2015 at 01:04

      I did wonder if he needed to spend a penny and that's why he got restless and cranky but it could be the shoes getting uncomfortable or just being a bit full of himself. Very cute little pose, whatever the reason.

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  82. Watched the video. Pippa surely has one graceful curtsy. And Michael Middleton is so ardent in his bow. He is so cute.

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  83. I liked Michael's and Kate's photography so much better. Would that they could do a retake on mario's photos but with a different photographer. and, make sure Harry is around and in them. Harry has the sweetest smile. :)

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  84. Admin/Charlotte,
    I am sorry this is out of this blog’s topic, and more about preceding blog as well as history observed today.
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    To Julia from Westminster,
    For both the 7/7/05 memorial and today’s fly past I thought of you. Some of the national/sometimes international and monarchy’s history/post is well taken up by you and these two were not the exception. Your ardent tough love on the monarchy while keeping an eye on behalf of your country’s citizens is very interesting. It keeps striking me as, how to love something and save it too.

    By the time the 7/7/15 was broadcasted on Public Radio International in USA in the evening, I was already more up dated on the terrorist attack from your post. Kate’s absence in that one is a welcome coincidence since it might have taken away attention (she had been a much missed celebrity who had been away from the public/media’s scene). William’s presence and seemingly genuine bonding in the bereavement of the survivors all on its own was very touching.

    Today to see the fly past for WWII-The Battle of Britain with the ranking and honorary commanders on the balcony as well as PP sitting among those who served highlighted its historical significance. It was a time in history most citizens of the world were affected in one form or another.

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    1. Julia from Leominster11 July 2015 at 01:20

      Don't have TV but I did watch some of the Batlte of Britain ceremony on the computer and found it very moving. The crowds seemed much smaller than I would have expected - not sure if that was by design or not. There are still train issues that could account for it, or maybe a lack of publicity or it being a weekday. But I heard no comments on the size so perhaps it was meant to be.

      It was a splendid show and the queen looked wonderful. Three of my favourite ladies up there - the queen, Alexandra and Sophie. Philip got a bit cranky with the photographs - he's been known to do that in the past. I remember reading Cecil Beaton's retorts to him - I doubt Testino was so bold (and Philip did look in a very fine mood at the christening. He is remarkable for his age.)

      Lovely to see William interacting with some of the old soldiers. They were so thrilled and excited.

      I do think of myself as a monarchist rather than a Katest and that does put me at conflict sometimes with people on this blog and also leaves me frustrated at moments by what I see as poor choices and a certain distance from today's world . (Perhaps they should hire you, me Bluhare, Royfan and Rebecca to give advice.) Although, I would be just as glad if they didn't rely on Twitter for the photos- so I can be a fogey too!

      I do hope to someday see Kate more often as part of the family - and think she would be seen as less as a celebrity and that her role as a princess and future queen consort would take priority. There would be less fuss if she was involved more - the more scarce she is, the more there is undue focus on her every rare appearance It will happen sonner or later - by the time Charlotte is older - the attention will turn there if not sooner - but I'm not young and don't know if I'll see it but I can hope. Appreciate your remarks as always.

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    2. Julia from Leominster11 July 2015 at 01:24

      Oh, and it's Leominster, not Westminster - oh, how I wish the latter. I should love a house in St. John's Wood with a back garden, nicely out of the way of the bustle and yet near Regent Park and a tube stop away from everything. One can dream!!!

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    3. Julia from Leominster, 11 July 2015 at 01:20 and11 July 2015 at 01:24

      Oh sorry, yes Leominster. Once again, your perception of place and sharing it is valuable. I can’t get enough of your posts even when I get inclined to disagree. Even in that case, I question and reason for you to myself.

      I am sure you qualify to be hired for an adviser, but you can also work for yourself if you put your mind to it. You might consider writing story books especially for youth which theme includes some history of places, culture, times, costumes of the past and the present. The present time could be even best to write such books while Great Britain’s and other societies are hooked on W&K and their upcoming growing children.

      As for me being an adviser, it is out of the question knowing myself, not that I know others better than myself.

      If I may comment regarding the following commenters with no offense and no malice, Rebecca’s genuine enthusiasm including information on other royals is vibrant and could be as much a hobby as an interest. Her country is currently in monarchist system and it makes sense for her to explore. I enjoy her enthusiasm.

      Royalfan is a commenter some love to hate just like some love to hate Kate and at times monarchy. She is truly a no nonsense Kate fan and there are, I assume thousands in the world. There the lesson is in standing firmly in what one believes.

      The fan part could be hopefully in a long life span of this blog to see some of the commenters evolve as their experiences and/or age changes including impacts of the monarchy. In general, there is something for just about many people on this blog.

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  85. Hello!

    Thank you all for your comments. Very interesting to hear your thoughts on the photos.

    For those asking when we'll see Kate again. Some have speculated we might see her at the Federer v Djokovic Wimbledon final on Sunday. No official word on that.

    There's also talk she'll have an appearance or two in the next month or so.

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    1. Thanks Charlotte

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    2. Are there expected to be new photos published for George’s birthday?

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  86. Beverlee Utah
    I don't understand why Michael Middelton was not placed next to his wife? I think Pippa and James should have
    been placed on the end. I think having James front and center does not make sense to me. Throws off the entire
    photo. I like Pippa but poor wardrobe choice and to close to Kate's dress.

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  87. I feel that Kate resembles a painted doll a bit like what Hilary Mantel said ! Testino is a world famous photographer whose photos of Diana were amazing! What has gone wrong ! Over exposed standing like puppets no natural poses come on Testino u can do better ! U r working with really attractive natural people think out of the box u have let a modern royal family down disappointed:(

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    1. You need to remember that when Testino photographed Diana in 1997 she was no longer a member of the Royal family. Those are pictures of a divorced celebrity. The christening photos are in keeping with the engagement pictures of Kate and William. They have a much different purpose and style. I especially love the photo of Kate and Charlotte.

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  88. Hi Charlotte, I just submitted a comment to your blog as ChristyByTheSea, R.B. California. When I hit Publish, Google had me sign in and brought me back to here. I'm not sure it went through. If it did, please publish it. I've only had one comment go through in 5 years. Have a lovely weekend. Your blog is my favorite.

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    1. Hello Christy,

      The above comment is the only one that came through to me. Please email me at hrhcatherineblog@hotmail.com and we'll try to get to the bottom of the issue. So sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for reading!

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    2. These photos need to be grouped in the museum by that "spooky" portrait of Kate. Then future generations can ponder, "omg, what planet were these people from." sorry, but those are my feelings about those ph..ph...photos if you can even call them that.

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    3. I think Blogger's pitching one of its fits. I've had several comments disappear during the last couple of days.

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