Monday 21 August 2017

Prince George cradles and kisses Princess Charlotte in first photos released by Kate Middleton and Prince William

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Kensington Palace has shared the first photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte taken by their doting mother Kate Middleton.

A series of poignant photographs, showing Princess Charlotte being held by her older brother Prince George, were tonight released on social media.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana five weeks ago today.

The four photographs were snapped by Kate in the family’s home in Norfolk’s Anmer Hall two weeks after Princess Charlotte’s high profile birth.

Undated handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Undated handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

In the photos Prince George, who turns two in July, smiles and kisses his new sibling who is kitted out in what appears to be an immaculate white crocheted baby grow.

The Prince wears knee high cornflour blue socks, navy shorts and a white shirt with blue piping detail around the collar, cuffs and frontshirt.

George, who was 21-months-old when the pictures were taken, visited his sister the day she was born at the private maternity wing of St Mary's hospital in Paddington.

The Duchess of Cambridge has broken royal tradition by taking the photographs herself as high profile photographers such as Lord Litchfield, Cecil Beaton and Lord Snowdon have often been enlisted to snap the new royal arrivals.

Kate is a keen amateur photographer and studied history of art at St. Andrew's in Scotland, where she met Prince William.

Kensington Palace tonight shared the photos of the royal babies on their Twitter and Instagram accounts to "recognise the hundreds of thousands of additional people who have followed the official Kensington Palace accounts in the month following the birth of Princess Charlotte".

Earlier this week it was announced that Princess Charlotte will be christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen's Sandringham Estate on July 5. The private ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The venue is a tribute to Prince William's mother Diana who was christened there in 1960.

Undated handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Undated handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

Earlier in the day Kensington Palace whet the appetite of royal fans by tweeting photographs of the multitude of gifts the Cambridges received after Princess Charlotte's birth.

In the first of a series of tweets it promised a photo of the adorable siblings, saying: "We'll be posting a very special photo of Prince George & his little sister Princess Charlotte late tonight. Can't wait to share it with you!"

Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

This was followed by a picture of large stacks of letters - many on pink paper - with a post that read "The Duke & Duchess are very grateful for the wonderful messages they've received."

The palace announced that sacks with "warm wishes and congratulations" for the new princess had arrived from around the world shortly after her birth.

Other pictures that were shared showed a collection of handmade cards and knitted gifts, including a pink crochet bonnet and booties.

Those who sent presents were thanked for their "impressive" contributions, with special mention being given to the schoolchildren and Girlguiding groups who sent their wishes.

Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk
Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photograph was taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk

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