Then & Now: Prince George's vs. Princess Charlotte's Christening Portraits
The royal siblings share more than just chubby cheeks in their official christening portraits!
The four stunning pictures share a few fun similarities (and surprising differences!) with big brother Prince George’s portraits from his christening in October 2013.
Dressed to Impress
Both Charlotte and George are wearing the royal family’s heirloom christening gown. A replica of a historic Victorian one first used in 1841, it was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth and stitched by her assistant Angela Kelly and Buckingham Palace’s team of dressmakers in 2008. It made its debut on James Viscount Severn at his service in the private chapel at Windsor Castle in April of that year.
Kate stuns in off-white ensembles and matching fascinators in both photos – a lovely summer white for Charlotte’s big day and a deeper cream ensemble for George’s fall event. She opts for a classic updo for Charlotte and lets her famous locks down for George.
William is as handsome as ever in a blue suit, similar to the one he wore for George’s christening – although he swapped the baby blue tie for a bright red one.
George’s Star Power
While Charlotte is sweet and demure in her official portrait, George gave the world a sneak peek at his animated side in his. With his hands waiving high in the air, it’s clear to see how the prince would go on to steal the show every chance he got!
The Men Behind the Lens
George’s portraits were taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell, who has photographed Hollywood royalty like Emily Blunt, Claire Danes, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp and Daniel Craig, as well as soccer star David Beckham.
Charlotte’s portraits were taken by Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, a favorite of William’s late mum, Princess Diana. Testino, who took the couple’s official engagement portraits in 2011 and famously captured portraits of Diana for Vanity Fair before her death at age 36 in 1997, said he was “overwhelmed” to be chosen.
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A Perfect Setting
George’s photo session took place in a more formal setting – the Morning Room of Clarence House – the official residence of the Prince of Wales in Westminster. The decor is just as historic as the portraits. The family posed on a sofa that is part of a gilt wood seat furniture by Thomas Chippendale (dating from about 1773), which is thought to have been commissioned by George III’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester.
Charlotte’s photos were taken at Sandringham House, the country retreat of Queen Elizabeth in Norfolk. The family of four stood outside for the beautiful photo, but they joined the rest of their family indoors for a group shot in the Drawing Room. The room was described by Queen Victoria in her journal as “a very long and handsome drawing room, with painted ceilings and panels with two fireplaces.” It has a musical theme with pictures of instruments on the ceiling and doors.
All in the Family
In the group shots (see George’s christening group photo here!), the biggest difference is the absence of Prince Harry, who had to miss his niece’s big day because of his summer job in Africa, where he is helping to combat threats to the endangered species. But he managed to squeeze in some uncle time before he left!
There are also a few key differences in placement in both photos – Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, stands directly behind her grandchildren in Charlotte’s photo, while Pippa had the prime spot in George’s. (Pippa also channels her big sister’s stunning style in both pics!).
It’s also worth noting that the Queen color-coordinated her outfits (blue for George, pink for Charlotte) in each photo. And her handbag, of course, made an appearance in both.
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