The first photos of Prince George of Cambridge have arrived! In two just-released snaps, Kate Middleton cradles her baby son, wrapped in white swaddle, alongside husband Prince William. Don't they make the most gorgeous-est family? And get this: in continuation of ‘Project Normal Royal Baby’, the photographs were taken by none other than Kate's dad. Who knew Michael Middleton was a budding Testino, eh?
The setting is also suitably natural and normal, with Kate and Wills posing happily in the garden of the Middleton home in Bucklebury. The splashes of sunshine and the lush greenery serve to create the perfect family portrait, dontcha think? To add to the adorable factor, they're surrounded by a pair of fluffy dogs - of course, Lupo, the Cocker Spaniel that was a present from Wills on Kate's thirtieth birthday, makes an appearance as well as the Middletons' golden retriever, Tilly. We sigh.
Meanwhile, Kate looks gorgeously laid-back with a beaming smile, glowing skin and her hair bouncier than ever. The fuchsia dress she's wearing features a knot front and capped sleeves courtesy of her favourite maternity brand, Seraphine. The design is available for a bargain-tastic £46 on www.seraphine.com and rather reminds us of THAT engagement dress by Issa, no? We feel the Kate Effect coming on...
Tradition may rule royalty, but in the Middleton world it is family values and love that trump everything. As we reported in Grazia, it is this that is at the very core of Kate and William’s fairy-tale romance: the fact that the Middletons have given William the chance to live the normal family life he so craved. And this set of photos - the first to be released to the public since baby George left hospital - proves that the couple are continuing to break from tradition by opting against using a famous photographer for a set of formal images.
Apparently Kate and Wills didn't want to disrupt the little Prince's routine by getting him trussed up for a formal shoot so the Duchess sifted through photos taken at her mum and dad's home, where she's currently staying. And we say these are a fine choice! Good job, Grandpa Michael.
Much has already been written about how Kate has ripped up the royal baby rule book during her pregnancy. Thus it came as little surprise that the first visitors to meet George were not the royal family but the Middleton grandparents, a complete break with royal protocol. And it was Carole who was the first family member to speak to the public. ‘He’s absolutely beautiful,’ the beaming 58-year-old told the media outside the hospital.
But perhaps the most significant aspect of little Prince Cambridge’s new life is that after just one night behind palace walls, it was off to Bucklebury to spend the next few weeks living with William, Kate and his commoner grandparents at their new £4.5m Georgian mansion. Kate is also reportedly refusing to have any help until she returns to her royal duties – thought to be in the autumn. ‘Carole never hired help at home, apart from a cleaner and the occasional babysitter,’ said a source. ‘It’s an alien concept to Kate. When she returns to royal duty, she will need some assistance, but even then it will perhaps be just part-time help.’
Sources are also adamant that the Middletons will instil in this young prince a sense of both aspects of his heritage (just three generations back, Kate’s family tree included coal miners and carpenters). ‘The Middletons will want to remind George of his heritage from their side of the family – he is literally a people’s prince,’ said a source. ‘The normality and ordinariness of the Middletons, so long a stigma, is now to Kate’s distinct advantage. This is her time to shine, change and rejuvenate the British monarchy.’
Watch Prince William talk about the new arrival in the video below...