Wednesday 18 October 2017

Aisling O'Connor: Wills and Kate give the Facebook generation snaps – on their terms

William, Kate and George in Kate's family home in Bucklebury
William, Kate and George in Kate's family home in Bucklebury

Aisling O'Connor

POINT and click – talk about keeping it simple. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first official family pictures, after emerging from London's St Mary's Hospital a month ago, are a far cry from the stiff portraiture that until now has been the royal standard.

Buckingham Palace has shocked the world with the release of warm and fuzzy homemade images of Kate, and her two future kings. One look at the posed-and-placed shots taken by Antony Armstrong Jones of an infant William with parents Charles and Diana over 30 years ago confirms the Cambridges are doing it their own way.

The relaxed shots were taken not by a professional society snapper in a snazzy studio, but by grandpa Michael Middleton in his garden. On the surface, these pictures tread lightly, but the magnitude of the normalcy depicted should not be underestimated.

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