The Prince of Wales is celebrating his 70th birthday today. For the occasion, two new photographs of him and his family were released last night. The photographs were taken by photographer Chris Jackson in September in the gardens of Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall in London. The first photograph is a more formal shot of the Prince, his wife and his sons with their respective wives and his grandchildren. The photographs will become historic, as this will be the Royal Family as we are to know them for many many years to come.
The second shot however features everyone laughing about something clearly very funny. It is very nice to see Prince Louis again, he has changed so much since we last saw him at his christening in July! Note: as the photograph was taken early September, when Meghan was already pregnant (early stages), it actually features the Prince’s fourth grandchild too!
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a dress by Alessandra Rich (which has been seen on several other famous women already in the past few months) and her sapphire and diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Sussex is in bespoke Givenchy.
Happy birthday, Your Royal Highness!
Tonight, the Queen will host a reception and a dinner for the Prince on occasion of his birthday. The party, which presumably is a black-tie affair, will be attended by members of the Royal Family and foreign Royals. We will probably get the infamous ‘car shots’ from the arrivals, but it is also very much possible that one or two photographs from inside will be released! The party will be covered live on this blog tonight. Stay tuned!
Pippa Matthews (née Middleton) gave birth to a baby boy yesterday at 1:58 PM! According to a statement issued by the new parents, both mother and son are doing well. The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister delivered her baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, with her husband James by her side. The baby weighs 8lb and 9oz (3880 grams).
As of today (16 October), Pippa and her baby are still at the Lindo Wing, spending at least one night at the luxurious maternity ward, that is known for its Royal births. The Duchess of Cambridge had her three children at the Lindo Wing, so she probably recommended the ward to her sister. Both the Princess of Wales and the Princess Royal gave birth to their respective two children in the same ward in the 1980s. James Middleton, Pippa’s brother and a brand new uncle, visited his sister and his nephew today.
The lovely news makes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge uncle and aunt for the very first time. The boy is the first cousin for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Prince Louis and his new cousin are surely going to be playmates, as they are so close in age (Louis is a bit over five months older than his cousin). The Cambridges can make themselves up for becoming uncle, aunt and cousins once again in about 6 months from now, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also expecting their first child.
The couple married on 22 May 2017 at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were respectively acting as pageboy and bridesmaid. The Duchess of Cambridge was the unofficial Maid of Honor, returning the favor after Pippa was the Maid of Honor at the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Pippa, 35, was present at the wedding of Princess Eugenie on Friday with her husband, wearing a lovely bespoke green Emilia Wickstead outfit. She attended the wedding of her sister’s cousin-in-law just over 72 hours from giving birth (those Middleton ladies are made of steel!). Princess Eugenie and her then-boyfriend Jack also attended Pippa and James’ wedding in 2017.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just released an additional photograph from prince Louis’ christening, which was held last week at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. The picture features the Duchess of Cambridge holding a laughing prince Louis in the gardens of Clarence House. Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.’
The Duke and Duchess asked Matt Porteous to take pictures at the christening for their private photo album, next to the more official and formal photographs taken by Matt Holyoak. The Duke and Duchess liked this photograph so much that they decided to release it to the public.
Matt Porteous is a Jersey-based photographer who has worked with the Cambridges before. He was the photographer of Prince George’s third birthday portraits. He specialises in sports, travel and wedding photography, for which he has won UK awards. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge obviously liked the shots he took of prince George in 2016 so much that they decided to ask him to document the christening privately for them.
Yesterday night, Kensington Palace released four official photographs, taken by Matt Holyoak. The photo from today gives us a total of five pictures from the christening, the same amount as was seen with prince George. Princess Charlotte’s christening saw a release of four pictures. However, a sixth photograph of prince George’s christening emerged last year through a company that edited the photographs, and we saw a fifth shot of princess Charlotte’s christening being released at prince George’s second birthday, and a sixth shot being released by the photographer, Mario Testino, when the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016. We saw a seventh photograph of prince George’s christening on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. To conclude: it is absolutely not unlikely that we will see more pictures of the christening emerge through other channels than KP in the years to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.