Kate Middleton and Prince William are debating using their own personal Royal Baby photos for Prince George's official portrait, new reports indicate.
This would clearly mark another break from tradition for these modern parents.
Throughout history, royal family portraits have been documented and preserved in the form of oil paintings, bust sculptures, and professional photos.
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A royal aide confirmed that “one of the options they are looking at is releasing a couple of family photos they have taken themselves,” reports the Daily Mirror.
There are several reasons why Kate Middleton and Prince William would favor their own pics over a formal photo shoot, namely convenience and personality.
To start, a family portrait was reportedly delayed because of Prince Philip‘s ailing health. With Queen Elizabeth's husband ill, the session was postponed.
Rather than bring the family together without him, the Duke and Duchess can release more intimate photos with just them and the baby at home.
Also, "The People's Princess" Kate is photography-savvy, so she may prefer to release her own candid shots of George instead of a formal portrait.
“Kate has a great eye for pictures and wants the first official ones of George to be natural and in a relaxed environment,” a royal source told the Mirror.
A really low-key picture would seem appropriate for such a down-to-earth and approachable couple, though not everyone is nuts about the idea.
One royal source who explained that home photos would be “fine for the private album,” but “not good for an historic first picture of a future monarch.”
The baby’s portrait is expected to be revealed on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed, just like the birth announcement and birth certificate, this week.