by Zara Mustapha
The royal family has released a natural and intimate portrait which shows for the first time, the personality of young Prince George.
Released on his first Mothering Sunday, this official portrait – in a relaxed style perfectly reflecting the Duke and Duchess’s very modern approach to Royalty – shows the eight-month-old as a curious, affectionate toddler, gazing into the eyes of the family’s beloved cocker spaniel, Lupo.
Meanwhile, his parents look naturally and happily into the camera’s lens. What matters more, however, is that they are letting the public gaze in.
Never before has a Royal portrait beckoned to an audience with quite the same promise of effortless informality.
Christening: The Duke of Cambridge holds three-month-old Prince George at Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace. As he has grown, the young heir has developed an increasingly striking resemblance to other male members of the Royal Family
The shot was taken by award-winning photographer Jason Bell at a window of the Cambridges’ home, Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace, as Kate looks radiant in the fresh sunshine of spring.
The last time George was officially pictured, also by Bell, he was asleep in a bouffant of creamy ruffles – the historic Honiton lace gown worn by all Royal babies – at his christening last October.
Back then, William was dressed as a Royal baby, a little Prince. George, as his cute pale blue woolly clearly says, is just George.
The first family portrait: The moment William and Kate stepped out of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London and revealed George to the world