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First official portrait of Princess Charlotte – taken by the doting Duchess

  • First official photographs of Princess Charlotte just released today
  • Set of images were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at Anmer Hall
  • Feature the little princess with her big brother, who turns two in July
  • First picture of baby Charlotte will be tweeted at 9pm tonight 
  • Full set of pictures will be published on MailOnline at 10pm tonight

Cradling his two-week-old little sister in his lap, Prince George plants a loving kiss on Princess Charlotte, proving he is every inch the proud big brother.

Captured here in a beautiful series of photographs, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and released last night by Kensington Palace, it’s clear how much the new siblings have bonded.

The first official photographs of the Princess were taken at the family’s country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, just two weeks after Charlotte’s birth on May 2.

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In a touching moment the young prince, who turns two next month, looks down adoringly at his baby sister
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Prince George tenderly places a kiss on the head of his two-week-old little sister
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The siblings look pristine in the images captured by their proud mother at Anmer Hall
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Little Prince George looks thrilled to be left in charge of the blue-eyed princess

The set of four ‘charming’ snaps of Charlotte, now a month old, were shot around two weeks ago at Anmer Hall, the Cambridge’s ten-bedroom country home in Norfolk, and feature the little princess with her big brother, who turns two in July.

Following on from the first snapshot of Prince George released by Kensington Palace which was captured by his grandfather, Michael Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge has decided to break with tradition again by stepping behind the lens.

The first official photographs of Princess Charlotte are set to be released by Kensington Palace later today
The first official photographs of Princess Charlotte are set to be released by Kensington Palace later today
The tweet by Kensington Palace announcing that the photo will be released tonight
The tweet by Kensington Palace announcing that the photo will be released tonight
Princess Charlotte outside St Mary's Hospital The set of four images will be the first pictures of the little princess since she was introduced to the world's medial following her birth

The Cambridge's first snapshot of Prince George released by Kensington Palace was captured by his grandfather, Michael Middleton
The Cambridge’s first snapshot of Prince George released by Kensington Palace was captured by his grandfather, Michael Middleton
Mr Middleton captured the shots of Prince George lying peacefully in his mother's arms in the garden of his Berkshire home
Mr Middleton captured the shots of Prince George lying peacefully in his mother’s arms in the garden of his Berkshire home
Sources say the Duchess doesn’t feature in a single one.

Previous royal baby portraits have been taken by celebrated society photographers such as Lord Litchfield, Cecil Beaton or Lord Snowdon.

But William and Kate, who are fiercely protective of their family’s privacy, are determined take a more home-spun approach.

Prince George, who turns two in July, is said to feature in the images with his little sister

They received a mixed reaction from professionals who described them as a ‘good first effort’ but ‘not technically brilliant’.

Her father, Michael Middleton, also suffered censure for his shot of Prince George lying peacefully in his mother’s arms taken in the garden of his Berkshire home, particularly over its composition and lighting.

But many grew to like the relaxed nature of the picture and ‘refreshing lack of gravitas’.

It is not clear whether Kate favoured a humble ‘point and shoot’ like her father, but her shots in Malaysia were taken on a fairly bog-standard Canon Powershot G12 pocket digital camera, which retails for around £285.

In a statement Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will release four official photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

‘The photographs were taken by The Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. ‘

The full set of pictures will be published on Mail Online at 10pm tonight and in tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday.

But in another startling – and, some might say, questionable – break with royal protocol, Kensington Palace have decided to tweet one photograph from the set ‘exclusively’ on their Twitter and Instagram accounts at 9pm.

Family portrait: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posing with Prince George and their pet dog Lupo
Family portrait: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posing with Prince George and their pet dog Lupo
Yesterday the Cambridge's announced that Princess Charlotte would be christened on the Sandringham estate. Pictured: The official christening photo of Prince George taken at Clarence House, London
Yesterday the Cambridge’s announced that Princess Charlotte would be christened on the Sandringham estate. Pictured: The official christening photo of Prince George taken at Clarence House, London
The christening is set to take place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate on July 5
The christening is set to take place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate on July 5

A spokesman for the couple said they wanted to thank ‘social media users’ and ‘recognise the hundreds of thousands of additional people who have followed the official Kensington Palace accounts in the month following the birth of Princess Charlotte’.

They have also issued a stringent set of conditions for use of that particular picture to members of the British media.

On Friday the Duke and Duchess announced that Princess Charlotte will be christened at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate on Sunday, July 5.

The choice of venue is a touching tribute to William’s late mother, Princess Diana, who was also baptised there in 1960.

The little princess also bears her grandmother’s name – Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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