Saturday, 10 August 2013

The wait for the official photos of Prince George

Three weeks old on Monday and Prince George is still to make an appearance in official photos.  We got a glimpse as he left St Mary's Hospital in Paddington with mum and dad the day after his arrival but all royal babies, especially future kings and queens, get official photos.  So when will we see this little prince again?

The Cambridges haven't yet set a date for the first official portraits of Prince George
Charles and Diana waited a month before showing William off in official snaps and the photographs released became some of the most used in modern royal history.  Diana and her little boy appeared in just about every paper and TV programme around.
Diana, aged twenty-one, with new baby William in July 1982 just a month after he was born
Harry made his first official appearance around the same time in a happy family snap that marked the high point of the Wales' marriage.  William stole the show in that photo shoot and at the christening just a few weeks' later.

Diana, Harry and William in the official photos taken to mark the second prince's birth in 1984
In fact, christenings used to be the first chance to get any photo, let alone an official one, of royal babies.  Charles first appeared for the cameras in December 1948 about a month after his arrival in Buckingham Palace.  Princess Anne made her first photo call at her baptism.  And the first glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II after her birth in April 1926 came at her christening. 
The then Duke and Duchess of York with their first born child, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, at her christening in 1926.  They had no idea , at that point, that this was the first official photo of a future queen
European monarchies have taken different attitudes to official photos of future kings and queens.  In Spain, official photos of Felipe with his heiress, Leonor, appeared almost as soon as the family came back from hospital and the little girl wasn't seen in public again for two months when her parents showed her off after their Christmas break.
The first official portrait of the Infanta Leonor of Spain was taken on the day she left hospital with her mother in November 2005
The Danish Crown Prince and Princess are also pretty quick off the mark with their official snaps, showing Christian off within days of his birth and before they'd even announced his name.  All four of their children featured in official snaps soon after arrival, allowing the new mum and dad to go off and enjoy the babies without any more calls for photographs.

Like big brother Christian, Isabella featured in official photos within days of her birth
The more informal approach taken to pictures in Belgium meant that the press got a good chance to snap future queen Elisabeth as she left hospital with mum, Mathilde, in 2001.  The royal couple posed in a room for photographers allowing plenty of chances to get a look at baby's face.  And that's what we all want - a proper look at baby which is what the official photos give us rather than the half shots that a pose outside hospital provides.  Whether William and Kate go as far as Victoria and Daniel who provided full on face shots of Estelle at her first photo call will be answered when the wait for the official snaps of George Alexander Louis is finally over.
Just like mum - Estelle looking just like Victoria in one of her first official portraits released days after her birth in February 2012

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