There was also a brief statement about the pictures, this is via The Mirror:
A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs.
“They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.”
They were all shot outside at the Cambridge’s country home, Anmer Hall.
More on the photos from The Express:
Keen photographer Kate is usually behind the lense and has taken a collection of stunning photographs of the Royal children. However this time, they were taken by professional photographer Matt Porteous in mid-July. Mr Porteous said: “I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I’m honoured that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday.”
Kensington Palace released the photos via social media this morning. Below, a screen grab shows the Palace Instagram page.
If merely looking at the number of times any of the four photos have been ‘liked’ on Instagram, the outfit that seems to be the favorite is this one.
As we noted in our What Kate’s Kids Wore post, it’s not surprising to see George in pieces with a nautical influence. We know how many Breton stripe tops Kate has; they are a fundamental part of her wardrobe, basic elements she’ll build an ensemble around.
From Emma Spedding’s story for The Telegraph:
The Duchess of Cambridge’s off-duty wardrobe is always pinned around one thing: a classic Breton top, usually from a high-street favourite such as J.Crew or Me and Em. And it seems that she has applied the same ‘Kings Road on a Saturday’ approach to casualwear when dressing Prince George.
Below, a quick sampling of Kate’s stripe style: in the first two photos she wears pieces from ME + EM; the first at the Beaufort Festival of Polo last June and the next while yacht racing during the 2014 tour; then paired with her skinny jeans and Smythe One Button Blazer for a SportsAid workshop in October 2013; and with Charlotte at the Houghton Hall Horse Trials in May, when she wore the Tori stripe top by Ralph Lauren.
The Duchess easily dresses the tops up or down, depending on the circumstances: skinny jeans in most situations, a pair of Sebago Bala flats if at a casual function, or with her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges for work engagements. Here we see Kate and George in thinner stripes, both with the quirky little pocket on the left. You will probably recognize the red/navy Petit Bateau tee worn by the Duchess for the Vogue shoot.
Visit What Kate’s Kids Wore for all of the details on George’s different outfits, including how to pre-order the blue and white tee you see him wearing below. In his People story Simon Perry notes it has been a busy year for HRH:
It’s been a big year for the adorable heir to the throne. He started preschool in January at Westacre Montessori school, had a historic meeting with President Obama in April and appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour alongside Charlotte in June.
Earlier this month the airplane-loving boy joined his parents on one of their official outings to see planes and helicopters up close at an air show.
The fourth photo released today shows George on the swing shown in the first photo.
It turns out the swing generated quite a bit of buzz on its own merits, with many saying how much they liked it when the photos were released. The swing is available online via Not on the High Street, an online retailer offering British goods made by a broad variety of independent businesses. The Oak and Rope Company makes the swing, available in different sizes.
We have one more brief note today, this one showing the power of Kate’s message about children’s mental health. The sign below was photographed by Emily Jensen when she was visiting Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.
The full quote from Kate’s video:
A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they broke their arm — and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.”
Emily’s photo shows an element of an overall Cherokee Nation effort called HERO, Helping Everyone Reach Out. The initiative provides “a place that counsels Native children on how to cope with everything from abuse to doing better in school.” More from a news release:
“It’s a wonderful asset to add into our health care system. Now Cherokee and other Native children have a safe and comfortable place to come and get the services that will help them.
I doubt when the Cambridge’s mental health focus launched many of us would have predicted the ripples might extend this far. Our thanks to Emily for showing us they do.
We’ll see you Sunday for the America’s Cup races. When we may well see more Breton stripes.
We leave you with this graphic showing George’s adorable expressions over the years. It’s part of our Prince George Birthday Photo Fest at WKKW, just scroll past the outfit info to see the pictures of George.
- Emma Spedding’s fashion story in The Telegraph is here
- The Express story about the new pictures is here; The Daily Mail story on the photos is here; The Mirror’s story is here
- Our backgrounder on the origins of the Breton stripe sailor shirt is in this post (scroll down just a bit and you’ll see it)