Happy 5th Birthday to Prince George!

Prince George celebrates his 5th birthday today. Happy birthday Your Royal Highness! To celebrate the birthday, Kensington Palace released a new photograph of the Prince last night. The picture is taken by photographer Matt Porteous following Prince Louis’ christening on July 9 in the gardens of Clarence House.

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The Prince is celebrating his birthday with his family today in private. The five Cambridges left London on Monday with the Middleton family for the paradise island of Mustique. They are enjoying their first holiday as family of five together in the Caribbean. The Duke and Duchess and the Middleton family have come to adore the island and have visited on multiple occasions since the Cambridges’ pre-engagement days. The Middletons usually make an annual trip every January. Until 2014, the couple still joined them on their trip, but they haven’t been spotted at the island in the recent years, because of their own work schedules and George and Charlotte’s school schedules. It is expected that we might see July becoming their chosen month for the getaway to Mustique. The Cambridges and the Middletons can enjoy a private holiday on this island, that has already been a favorite for celebrities and royals for many years.

The Prince’s 2018 has already been very special. He welcomed a new baby brother in April and we saw him, still dressed in his school uniform, arriving at the hospital with his father and sister to meet his brother for the first time. Furthermore, prince George acted as a page boy at the wedding of his uncle with Meghan Markle. He sparkled on the official wedding photographs that were released after the wedding.

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New Photograph released for Prince George’s 5th Birthday!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new photograph of Prince George for the Sunday papers ahead of his fifth birthday tomorrow.

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The photograph was taken by photographer Matt Porteous after Prince Louis’ christening last week at Clarence House. He also took the fifth adorable shot from prince Louis with his mother which was released on Monday. The Duke and Duchess had asked Mr. Porteous to take photographs at the christening for their private photo albums. The official photographs were taken by Matt Holyoak.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge always release a photograph or a set of photographs for the birthdays of their children. Prince George usually gets pictures of him released taken by a professional photographer, while the Duchess usually takes Princess Charlotte’s birthday pictures. It is definitely possible that we will get another shot tomorrow.

It is not the first time that prince George’s birthday photograph was taken at his siblings’ christening. A picture taken by Mario Testino at princess Charlotte’s christening was released in 2015 for George’s second birthday.

It is also not the first time that pictures by Matt Porteous are chosen for the birthday release. In 2016, the photographer took a set of four pictures at Amner Hall that were released on occasion of the Prince’s 3rd birthday. The pictures included prince George with the family’s dog, Lupo, and prince George on a swing given to the Duke and Duchess as a marriage gift.

We’re having a traditional birthday blog tomorrow for our little Prince’s fifth birthday (time flies!). Come back tomorrow to check it out!

Prince Louis’ Official Christening Photographs

Kensington Palace has just released prince Louis’ official christening photographs. The photos were taken following his christening on Monday. They were taken by portrait photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House. Mr. Holyoak is famous for photographing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last year to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

The first photograph was the shot we were all waiting for: the first picture of the Cambridge family as a family of five.

The second photograph shows both families with the Cambridges in the Morning Room of Clarence House. Both the Duchess of Sussex and James Matthews, Pippa’s husband, made their official royal christening photograph debut. Even though the Queen and prince Phillip were absent for this christening, we still had as many members of the family on the photographs.

From left to right, top row: The Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Ms. Carole Middleton, Mr. Michael Middleton, Ms. Pippa Matthews (née Middleton), Mr. James Matthews, Mr. James Middleton. Bottom row: Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte.

The third photograph shows the members of the extended Wales family attending the Christening. It is the first official photograph we see of the Prince of Wales, his wife, his sons and their respective wives, and the grandchildren. It’s a gorgeous family. The monarchy’s future is looking bright!

The last photograph was taken in the Clarence House gardens and show the Duchess of Cambridge with her son. According to many, it is the most gorgeous picture of the series and I absolutely agree with that. It definitely shows a mother’s love for her child in every way. Mr. Holyoak did a great job in capturing this.

Matt Holyoak said: “I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event. Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.”

For prince George’s christening, five photographs were released after the christening, while princess Charlotte’s christening saw a set of four pictures being released. With both christenings, we respectively saw a sixth for George, and a fifth and sixth picture for Charlotte emerge later through other channels (including the photograph being released by Kensington Palace for George’s third birthday). Other pictures were taken but were kept private, as we saw when an unseen seventh photograph appear on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. To conclude, it is certainly a possiblity that we’ll see some more photos from this shoot appear in the next few years.

It is thought that the Duke and Duchess and their family will now return to Amner Hall to celebrate the summer holiday. It is also possible they’ll travel abroad for a bit of family fun together. The Duke and Duchess are expected to get back to royal engagements early September, when prince George’s and princess Charlotte’s school starts again too. The Duchess’ maternity leave is thought to be ending in September. Because of this, we might have to wait over 6 weeks until we’ll see the Duchess again, with the kids being away from the limelight even longer. The Duke, however, is expected in France in early August for a WW1 commemoration.

Pictures: ©Matt Holyoak/Camera Press via Kensington Palace

Prince Louis’ Christening

Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, this afternoon. It was the first time we saw the little prince since two photographs were released shortly after his birth on April 23. It also marked the first time the Cambridges were publicly  seen together as a family of five. Prince Louis, now eleven weeks old, was carried by his mother on arrival and appeared to be fast asleep.

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Before the Royals arrived, we saw the arrival of the godparents and their spouses, and the Middleton family. Carole wore a blue dress by Suzannah and a hat by Juliette Boterill. Pippa, who is pregnant with her first child, wore a dress by Alessandra Rich. The Duchess’ brother, James Middleton, was accompanied by godparent Lady Laura Meade.

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LIVEBLOG: Prince Louis’ Christening

We will have live updates during the entire afternoon and night on the latest news surrounding the christening of Prince Louis. Later tonight, we will have a special blog post with the best pictures and a summary of the day. 

Headlines

  • The christening will start at St. James’ Palace at 16:00hrs GMT. We can expect to see the guests and the Cambridge family arrive shortly before that. It is possible that the arrivals will be streamed live here. The service itself will be private and will approximately last 45 minutes.
  • The Middleton Family and the Godparents have arrived at the christening. 
  • The Duke and Duchess have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son. More details can be read here.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing Alexander McQueen and a hat by Jane Taylor. These are the same designers as she choose for the christenings for her other two children.
  • At arrival, the Duchess carried a sleeping prince Louis. The Duke looked after the other two children. It is the first time they’re seen as a family of five. 
  • The family and guests are now having tea and cake at Clarence House. That is where the official christening photographs will be taken.
  • Read all details on the christening that were announced by Kensington Palace this morning in this special blog post.

Liveblog

  • 16:45hrs: The Christening service has now ended. The Cambridges have just left the Chapel for Clarence House, where tea and a trier from their wedding cake will be served. The official photographs will also be taken.
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  • 16:41hrs: A Family of Five
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