The official photographs of Prince George’s christening were released tonight at 10:00 PM BST. The photos were embargoed until that time – but as soon as the clock struck 10, the pictures were everywhere!
Many publications were patiently awaiting the photographs so they could be immediately sent to press for tomorrow’s front page. The pictures were under strict embargo. After this morning’s barrage of pictures from the christening, it came as no surprise that many other publications would look to these pictures for their front pages, to mark such a historic event.
Four photographs were released:
- Photograph One: Seated (left to right): The Queen, The Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince George, The Duke of Cambridge. Standing (left to right): The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Miss Pippa Middleton, Mr James Middleton, Mrs Carole Middleton, Mr Michael Middleton.
- Photograph Two: Pictured (left to right): The Duke of Cambridge holding Prince George, The Queen seated, and The Prince of Wales.
- Photograph Three: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George.
- Photograph Four: Seated (left to right): The Queen, The Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince George, The Duke of Cambridge. Standing (left to right): The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
The portraits were taken by Jason Bell, an internationally renowned photographer specializing in high profile projects, including film posters, special portraits and has many pieces on permanent exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.
The pictures were taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House. According to the press release:
The Morning Room at Clarence House was originally the Breakfast Room in John Nash’s original design for the Duke of Clarence in 1825-7.
The sofa on which the group is seated is part of a suite of gilt-wood seat furniture by Thomas Chippendale which dates from about 1773. It is thought to have been commissioned by George III’s brother (the Duke of Gloucester) and was in the Royal Collection by the Reign of George IV.
These images mark a poignant moment in history. The last time a monarch had three living heirs was during the reign of Queen Victoria. No doubt these pictures will become iconic images of a powerful era for the Windsor family.
Camera Press, and their US counterpart Redux Photographs, released the images. The pictures came with a hefty licensing fee.
You can view Prince George’s “life in pictures” (however short it may be!) at the Cambridge’s official website.