This Wednesday the British royal family gathered together for the Christening of Prince George, and delighted the press with a collection of official family photos. The royals, headed by the 87-year old monarch Queen Elizabeth II, are notoriously camera-shy and when it comes to big events like this, they tend only to employ their own professional photographers. Following the Christening of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which took place at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace, official royal family photos were taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London.
Four official post-Christening photos were released from the royal family to the press. The first, pictured above, features the entire extended family of baby Prince George. Seated in the front, from left to right, are her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George on her lap; and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. In the back row, from left to right, are the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; their son Prince Charles and Duke of Cambridge; his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cambridge, William’s brother Prince Harry; Catherine’s sister Philippa Middleton; her brother James Middleton; and Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton.
The second official photo features just those family members with royal titles. Seated in front we have Queen Elizabeth II looking towards the baby; Catherine and her son Prince George; and George’s father Prince William. In back, we have the Duke of Edinburgh; king-in-waiting Prince Charles; his wife the Duchess of Cambridge; and tall, red-haired Prince Harry. The most poignant photo of the session is shown below: a collection of all the future British monarchs. Seated in the center is her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, monarch since her coronation in 1953. Behind the Queen and to her right is her eldest son, Prince Charles, currently the oldest heir-apparent in the history of the British monarchy, as well as the first British royal to divorce his wife since the legendary King Henry VIII. To Charles’ left is his own eldest son, Prince William, holding his three-month old son, third in line to the throne, Prince George Alexander Louis. Theoretically, each person in this photo either already has or will one day ascend to the throne.
Finally, a family portrait featuring only the newly-Christened Prince George and his parents finishes the official set. Kate and her son wore matching outfits for the special occasion; George’s was a lengthy traditional Christening gown, hand-made from Honiton lace and silk. His gown was designed after the same gowns used by all royals since 1841 with the Christening of Queen Victoria’s first daughter, the Princess Victoria.
The ceremony, which took place on October 23, marks Prince George’s official entry into the Church of England, of which he will one day be the head. The future monarch and his family were photographed by Jason Bell, who did a wonderful job capturing his smiling face with arms spread in a seeming victory pose.
Watch as Prince George and his family arrive at St. James’s Place; the young Prince is quiet in his father’s bouncing arms.
Written by Mandy Gardner