Prince George of Cambridge (b. July 22nd) has spent his first three weeks at Granny Middleton’s home in Bucklebury, a break in tradition for an heir to the British throne. Another break will soon follow this week when Kensington Palace reveals the baby’s first official photos.
Rather than hire a photographer, the Duchess of Cambridge has opted instead to select a few photos taken by herself, Carole and Pippa Middleton, according to the Daily Mirror.
“One of the options they are looking at is releasing a couple of family photos they have taken themselves,” a royal aide told the paper.
Rather than disrupt the baby’s routine, the Duchess prefers to use her expertise as a photography enthusiast to select George’s best moments as a newborn. Back in November, Clarence House posted photos taken personally by the Duchess in Malaysia, when she and the Duke toured South East Asia.
“Kate has a great eye for pictures and wants the first official ones of George to be natural and in a relaxed environment.”
Prince William’s official portraits were taken by Lord Snowden, Princess Margaret‘s ex-husband, and released on July 29th, 1982. Mario Testino shot the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement portraits in December 2010.
Kensington Palace is expected to release the photos this week.
William was at a stag do (bachelor party) this weekend in Devon, England with friends, including Guy Pelly. A witness told the Sun that the new dad took a train from London Paddington to Exeter St. David’s on Friday.
“I walked through the carriage on the way to the buffet car and spotted William with a bunch of chaps swigging beer like it was going out of fashion,” the fellow passenger recalled.
Another passenger had no idea who was in the party.
“There was an older man next to me who had no idea William was sitting just yards away,” the witness said. “He nodded towards them and said, ‘There’s a right bunch of lads in there.'”
Prince George will meet his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, in the coming weeks. The Duke of Edinburgh will join Her Majesty at Balmoral today after an engagement in Scotland. The Cambridges are due to visit the 92-year-old royal, who has been recouperating at Sandringham following stomach surgery in May.