Kensington Palace released four official photographs to commemorate Princess Charlotte’s christening. The christening took place on July 5th, and the photos were released a few days later.
The pictures were captured after the ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene Church during a reception at Sandringham House. Two photographs were taken in the drawing room, and two were taken outside in the gardens.
The Drawing Room at Sandringham House
Mario Testino was commissioned for the photographs. He has worked with the royal family many times and has produced intimate portraits of a loving family. Some memorable portraits include Diana, Princess of Wales in a photoshoot for Vanity Fair and Prince Harry’s 20th birthday portraits. Mario Testino also captured the engagement photos before William and Catherine’s 2011 wedding.
The formal portraits featured a group shot of the Middleton and Royal families in the drawing room and a family portrait of the Cambridges – now a family of four. These more formal, conventional pictures will become timeless images of the event.
The two more casual photographs – featuring a mother and her daughter, and a father and his son – are very different from previous portraits. These portraits feel very intimate and casual, as if we were with the family at Sandringham, peeking into a personal moment.
There are definitely some similarities between these photographs and the photographs from Prince George’s christening. The group shot is obviously very similar…
…while the mother/baby shot seems very similar as well. You can truly see the love in Kate’s eyes for her beautiful, bouncing baby.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a short message along with the photographs. The statement read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham. They are very happy to share these photographs and hope everyone enjoys them as much as they do.”
Princess Charlotte’s christening was a truly beautiful event and we love the personal portraits they shared with us!