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Kate Middleton Takes Prince George's Birthday Photos Herself for the First Time

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 22, 2019
08:06 A.M.
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For Prince George’s official 6th birthday portraits this year the images were more intimate. The reason behind this was that his mother took on the role of official photographer this time.

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Duchess Kate was responsible for taking her eldest son’s photographs to celebrate his upcoming 6th birthday. The candid but fun images were taken in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace.

What is noticeably different from these pictures is that they’re more genuine and free compared to the past ones. Professional photographers are usually hired to take the family’s images.

Duchess Kate, Prince George, and Prince William posing for George's first birthday photos | Photo: Getty Images/John Stillwell or Press Association

Duchess Kate, Prince George, and Prince William posing for George's first birthday photos | Photo: Getty Images/John Stillwell or Press Association

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However, in the past, Kate has made it her duty to take her children’s official birthday portraits. She’s done so her daughter Princess Charlotte, 4, and son Prince Louis, 1.

For George’s first birthday, photographer John Stillwell of the Press Association was hired to take photos of the family of three, including father Prince William. In 2015, Mario Testino photographed the official portrait for the prince’s second birthday.

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The image was taken at Charlotte’s christening. For George’s third and fifth birthday Matt Porteous photographed the little boy.

Photographer Chris Getty was on hand to take George’s photos for his fourth birthday at the family’s home. She might not be a professional photographer but Kate is quite keen on the hobby.

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She also studied art history at the University of St. Andrews. Her previous work was taking birthday portraits of Charlotte in May at their country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall.

She also captured Louis’s personality on his first birthday in April. His images were also taken outdoors at their country home.

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Despite this being her first time documenting George’s birthday portraits, the Royal has taken his images through different occasions. She was the one who took a number of pictures for his first day at preschool at Westacre Montessori School in January 2016.

George was also photographed together with his younger sister when she was a baby.

The images released were taken ahead of George’s birthday on July 23. The little boy’s full name is Prince George Alexander Louis and he was first shown in public on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London in 2013.

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