Duchess Kate's father, Michael Middleton, took the first official portrait of Prince George.(Photo: MICHAEL MIDDLETON AFP/Getty Images)
The first official photos of little Prince George break from tradition in a big way.
to Kensington Palace, the two official portraits of Prince William,
Duchess Kate and the young prince were taken by Michael Middleton,
Kate's father and George's grandfather, in the garden of the Middletons'
family home in Bucklebury. Baby George is asleep in the photos and is
held by Kate, who wears a maroon dress.
Even Lupo, the couple's
black cocker spaniel, makes an appearance in one shot, tongue wagging,
as does Tilly, the Middleton family retriever.
The photos were
leaked several hours earlier than intended. Kensington Palace planned to
release the images at 7:01 p.m. ET, but they started popping up on
several websites around 4:30 p.m. ET. The palace had no comment on the
In the past, official royal baby pictures, including of
William himself after he was born 31 years ago, have been formal, staged
affairs by professional photographers such as Mario Testino, a favorite
of Will's mother, Princess Diana. He was also the photographer who took
the couple's official engagement pictures.
In a taped interview
with CNN that aired Monday morning, Prince William described Prince
George, born July 22 at St. Mary's Hospital in London, as "a bit of a
"He either reminds me of my brother (Prince Harry) or me
when I was younger, I'm not sure. He's doing very well at the moment. He
does like to keep having his nappy (diaper) changed," he said. "He's
growing quite quickly actually. He's a little fighter. He wriggles
around a lot. He doesn't want to get his sleep, which is a little bit of
William reflected on the significance of becoming a
first time dad: "The last few weeks for me have been a different
emotional experience, something I never thought I would feel myself. And
I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect
me differently now."
Contributing: Alison Maxwell
Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY