Once again, the royal parents chose a relaxed setting – and skipped the professional photographer

By Maria Mercedes Lara
June 07, 2015 11:50 AM
Courtesy Duchess of Cambridge; Landov

In the royal family portrait taken to mark Prince George’s birth and released in August 2013, proud mum Princess Kate smiled for the camera. This time, she was behind it.

While much has changed since then – including the addition of a new little princess! – there are plenty of similarities between Charlotte’s first official portrait and George’s.

With George’s photo, the royals broke with tradition and skipped hiring a professional photographer to capture the moment. Instead they kept things in the family and had Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, snap the two shots at the Middletons’ estate in Bucklebury, England.

Tilly, The Prince, Duchess and Duke of Cambridge and Lupo
PA/Landov

Once again, the Cambridges took a low-key route for their newest portrait, with Kate herself photographing the first official photos of Charlotte. The new pictures were also taken in a familiar place – the couple’s country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, England.

Beyond the absence of Kate and Will – not to mention the family’s cocker spaniel, Lupo (who has become quite the fixture in the Cambridges’ family pictures) and the Middletons’ dog Tilly – another contrast is location.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Courtesy Duchess of Cambridge

Charlotte’s pictures were all taken inside, offering us a rare (if not-too-revealing) glimpse behind the walls of the family’s home. George’s pictures, taken in the Middletons’ backyard, evoked a more casual feel.

Another big break from George’s photos is how Charlotte’s pictures were released. Instead of sending out pictures through the Press Association, which is the royal standard, the family first shared a picture on their official social media accounts.

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