The Cambridges release Mario Testino’s christening portraits: amazing?


I forgot about this! When Princess Charlotte’s christening was held on Sunday, the Cambridges had hired Mario Testino to do some portraits of the family. Testino did the formal portrait of the Cambridges together with the extended family (the Middlestons, the Windsors and the Waleses), plus Testino did some informal portraits of the growing Cambridges. The @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account posted all of these photos, so they want the public to share them and enjoy them.

My favorite is the one of William and George – as much as I think William wasn’t around very much when George was a baby, the father and son do seem to have bonded since then. George looks very comfortable and happy with his dad. I like the informal photo of Kate with Charlotte too – very cute. Charlotte seems very dark in these photos, right? Am I imagining that or did she get full-on Middleton coloring? And it seems like Will and Kate got their second brown-eyed child, which is still bizarre considering Will and Kate both have light eyes.

Anyway… cute photos. I guess this will cancel out all of those stories about how much it’s going to cost to move the tennis court at Anmer Hall. It probably also cancels out the rumor/story that Kate didn’t meet with the survivors of the 7/7 bombings on Monday because she was with her trainer (but she still had time to go to Wimbledon!). Just look at the babies!! Chubby cheeks!




Photos courtesy of Mario Testino/@KensingtonRoyal.

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  1. Kiddo says:

    I can not sanction that shirt on Mini Winston Churchill. It does not represent his leadership and strength of character. It says, “I yodel and raise goats”.

    • Chrissy says:


    • j.eyre says:

      i absolutely agree, Kiddo. He had an entire wardrobe of uniforms commissioned for these state events and they insist on puffy sleeves. That brat Brendon, who always grabs the blue fingerprint before anyone else at Day Play, with never concede to George’s authority in puffy sleeves.

      • LAK says:

        Miss Eyre: OT, but I really enjoy your blog.

      • j.eyre says:

        PdP? Ah LAK – thank you. You have always been such a wonderful and loyal supporter. Please feel free to use any of the emails to offer any constructive criticism as well, I can take it; especially for the new Supermom chapters.

        I swear I will update more regularly when this **** writer’s block breaks.

    • Audrey says:

      Luckily, his facial expressions say something totally different.

    • Chaucer says:

      “I yodel and punch goats.”

    • Olenna says:

      Ha! So true!

    • RocketMerry says:

      So very true.
      I’ll bet you a flowered hat that this was his exact train of thought: “You frivolus woman, how dare you dress me in such clothing? I shall remove whichever title my father shall have bestowed onto your family once I ascend. You know, in 60 years or so. Uh.”

    • LadyMTL says:

      “I raise yodeling goats”.

      That said, if anyone could pull off that kind of a look, it’s George.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        All together now:

        High on a hill is a lonely goatherd


      • Antonym says:

        Thank you Bearcat! I started singing it halfway through Kiddo’s post. (Love this place) 🐐🐐🐐

    • Feeshalori says:

      I’m laughing till I’m crying here.

      • Deb says:

        Are frilly boy toddler clothes and mary jane type shoes for boys usual in England? They seem kind of dated, really, along with him always being in short pants. Cute kids though!

  2. Cupcake says:

    George is so cute!!!! He was much better looking than Charlotte at that age!

    • Itsmealisonryan says:

      What? Why would you ever say such a petty thing? She is 60 days into her life! Sorry but comparing siblings attractiveness is just wrong.

      • Loopy says:


      • Aussie girl says:

        All I see is cute!!!!! Both William and Charlotte and so adorable. Congrats to the whole fam bam.

      • Aussie girl says:

        Mayor edit, I meant George!!!!! I realise in my tired stare that I’ve turned into my mother. Calling a person by another fam name. I’m just going to go watch antique road show now while banging my iPad really hard with my fingers not understanding while no one will send her a life in candy crush ( because no one really plays that anymore mumma!!!).

    • tifzlan says:


      Charlotte’s super cute too, she looks so alert, don’t be mean!

      • Deb says:

        @Aussiegirl I didn’t mind being called by my sister or even brother’s name. It’s when I was called by the dog’s name I got a little offended. lol

  3. MooHoo says:

    all i want to know is – where is Harry in the family pic???

    • Kaiser says:

      Harry left for his three-month working vacation in Africa a few weeks ago.

    • Citresse says:

      yes MooHoo, Harry should be there. It’s so sad.

    • katy says:

      the photo feel so middleton dominated. i wish harry had been there to even it out :-(

    • BW says:

      Will NOBODY talk about the elephant in the room?

      Her Madge’s PURSE!

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Omg where IS the ever present purse?!?

      • teacakes (formerly oneshot) says:

        it’s on the floor beside her feet.

        But I can’t imagine her without a handbag, I mean you know it’s a big deal when J.K. Rowling herself makes it the title of fresh Harry Potter material. (that skit….)

      • Fue McCormick says:

        I wish QEII would tell us what’s in the purse!!! WHAT IS IN THAT PURSE? Why doesn’t anyone ever ask her that question?
        “Ma’am, what are the things that you cannot live without that one would find in your purse?”
        If it were me I’d answer: cell phone, Blistex, reading glasses, wallet.
        I’m guessing a cell phone for family members, a lipstick, and some powder. Yes, her minions could carry the lipstick and powder (along with cash) but I would think she would want to carry them.
        She probably has some cash to make a phone call in case she gets locked out of BP. Maybe there is a key in there.
        A key to what, though? The red boxes?
        I ask again: WHAT IS IN THAT PURSE?

  4. mkyarwood says:

    OMG, Georgie Porgie the CHEESER. That is so cute. They may be a totally out of touch hands in who knows what Big Bank Business to keep it that way family of archaic catastrophe, but these are still great.

  5. aligoat says:

    I think the photos certainly do help to cancel out the very questionable actions of the Cambridges. I’ll admit I just said out loud ‘Oh my, Charlotte is gorgeous’. These photos are quite lovely.

  6. BooBooLaRue says:

    Not amazing, I’ve taken better with my iPhone. George steals the show every darn time. Love that boy!

    • Jib says:

      The pictures of Kate are HORRIBLE!!! I think Testino must hate her. The rest are good, the one of George and William is absolutely adorable!!! Cute kid! Not the cutest kid in the world, as they all say on another fawning site, but still a cute kid.

  7. Betti says:

    Cute photos – Charlotte def has a look of TQ. George looks like a mini Pa Middleton. I wish James would get rid of that ‘crazy wild eyed look’ beard – it creeps me out.

    Wonder if these were planned or in response to the Wimbledon outing (and no show for her at the 7/7 commemorations).

    • LAK says:

      I enjoy James’s beard. His face is too feminine without it.

      • hmmm says:

        I like the beard, too. Sadly, James doesn’t have the bearing for it. Looks like a pretender.

    • wow says:

      Yes, she does. And that pic of George and William is priceless.

      • Citresse says:

        I don’t like the beard. And I didn’t like it when William grew one either, though William had the good sense to get rid of it PDQ based on much negative feedback.
        Beards are unhygienic also. Read the current studies.

    • Natalie says:

      Oh, absolutely they were meant to follow any fallout from Wimbledon. The thing is people can coo over George and Charlotte and still roll their eyes at William and Kate.

      • RobN says:

        Just to be clear, are you suggesting that the baptism was actually planned to coincide with Wimbledon so they could use it as a cover for their love of tennis, or are you suggesting that releasing pictures during the week following the baptism is a cover? If the latter, what do you think the normal timeframe for releasing photos actually is? Had they held them a month, people would have been complaining about that.

        They go to Wimbledon every year, as do many of the Royals. I can’t imagine why they’d need cover for the trip when they never have before, especially when Kate is still officially on leave.

      • Natalie says:

        Charlotte had to be christened before Elizabeth left for Balmoral in two weeks, so there’s the time frame. The christening happened during the tennis court/land grab backlash and unlike with George, they had a far more public event, have counted it as work and have waited four days rather than two to release pictures -right after Kate skipped 7/7 but showed up at Wimbledon. Official leave or not, her choices have caused a backlash.

        Is this a all a coincidence or diversions? Well, William jollied about in a helicopter and then an essentially sanctioned candid of him taking RyanAir was published in the DM. Kate once wore a 50k necklace and after the backlash showed up in an ultracheap dress. They work right before they go on vacation. Coordinating good pr to offset bad pr is not out of character for them.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Several of you CB’ers called it with the photos.

    These idiots are so transparent.

    • gf says:

      Kensington Palace announced the photos would be coming days after the christening. With George it was 3 days or so, so right on time. No need to speculate about their motives this time.

  9. MD says:

    Mario Testino? Of course it’s Mario Testino. It’s horrible. The first photo is good, but those other photos…

    • perplexed says:

      Yeah, I was thinking the photos weren’t that great. Only George looks good. William and Kate look like mannequins…

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Thank you, not up to his usual standards.

    • Vava says:

      The photoshopping is obvious. The one where the four of them are outside, look at the shadows. They are not uniform. It looks as if Kate and baby were pasted onto a photo of William and George. The photo of Kate holding the baby, the baby’s head is huge, and out of proportion. There were probably some touchups on the group photo too, but they aren’t as blatant.

  10. Sandy says:

    Whatever one thinks about the parents, those children are perfection. You could eat that George up, and Charlotte has the most beautiful wide eyes. She’ll be a beauty!

    • hmmm says:

      The constant comments on the attractiveness of the babes confounds me. I don’t get why it matters. And they look like most kids, to me.

      • Olenna says:

        Agree, the babies are cute. Period. But some of these OTT comments? They’re the same type of gushing niceties we’ve all probably heard by those who admire wealthy and popular people. It’s kinda like ass-kissing but with no expectation of any reciprocal attention or favor from the admired. I guess it makes them feel like they’re on the *right* team.

  11. Lennox says:

    I know he’s not exactly the focal point of these photos, but Philip looks good! He’s been looking really ill recently (and not surprisingly, given that he’s 94!) but he’s got a great smile going.
    George is just so damn cute.

  12. Sisi says:

    the quality of the pictures seems rather messy.
    Let’s be honest, a fashion photographer would make fabrics look SO much better in pictures than what we see in the Charlotte and Kate pic. I guess that sadly Testino received the order to take pics that seem as if commoners make can make them. Seems kind of a waste of a photographers talent.

    Philip looks really good btw

  13. Lori says:

    I thought Kate’s eyes were Hazel?

    • veronica says:

      I’m pretty sure they are. And Charlotte’s eyes look dark because they probably are still that dark slate grey/blue that all newborns have. They’ll start to change soon and probably won’t be settled on a colour until she’s a year or so old.

  14. Livealot says:

    That black and white photo is everything!!

  15. someone says:

    I’m glad Princess Charlotte is dark – one less Diana comparison, hopefully. The pictures of Kate and the baby look like Testino used a cheesy instagram filter.

  16. SamiHami says:

    Love that formal family pic. Everyone looks so happy! The queen looks wonderful in pink.

  17. StormsMama says:

    Kate looks beautiful.

  18. Talie says:

    I usually hate Testino photos, but I like the lighting here. Very flattering.

  19. wow says:

    Lovely pictures!

    I doubt very seriously that the release of these pics will stop people from talking about their issues with the tennis court or the Wimbledon appearance v/s 7/7 because people will always be intent on finding fault with something about them. Complaints are a part of their every day life. Releasing pictures of their adorable family won’t change that. They know this and more than likely continue not to care about it as much as people may want them to.

    I doubt much thought went into this other than they are a popular family worldwide and people want to see pictures of them and their children so lets give ‘em some nice pics. *shrugs*

    • notasugarhere says:

      Stealing a farmer’s land so they can move their tennis court because it is blocking their view from the vegetable patch?

      People find fault with them because the faults are there to be found.

    • MinnFinn says:

      wow – I used to doubt that the BRF had any timing strategy for releasing photos but now I’m firmly convinced that IS the case. When photos of George were released a few days early last year, Wm publicly stated it was a reward to the press for not taking photos of some recent private activity. So Wm absolutely uses photos as strategic assets and he is on the record stating he uses them as punishment and reward. Therefore imo it’s not a stretch to believe the BRF also uses to divert attention.

  20. Sydney says:

    I feel like in the group shot everyones faces have been photoshoped. All the faces look weird and really bright and altered somehow.

    or is it just me??

    • Eleonor says:

      Oh no, I was about to write: “too much photoshop for me”, they all look fake to me.

      • Deedee says:

        I wonder how many minutes Testino had to take these photos. Because the group shot still includes a slightly side-eyed Carole. I bet he got mere seconds before HM grabbed her purse and got the heck out of Dodge.

      • Kiki04 says:

        Agreed. That was the first thing I thought when I saw the picture of the four of them……Kate almost doesn’t look recognizable. I don’t know why he thinks he needs so much photoshop.

    • Hope says:

      I thought everyone looked photoshopped into the group picture too.

      I feel like it’s the last page of a pop-up book…BOOM! Royal Family jumps off the page and scares the crap out of you.

    • Sassy says:

      I thought the same thing – the faces looked like masks to me. I didn’t think of photoshop though. That is probably the answer. Philip looked quite healthy!

  21. Citresse says:

    Charlotte looks to have big cheeks like her mom did. The photos are beautiful.

  22. Firebomber says:

    Great pics! Everyone looks happy.

  23. perplexed says:

    Pippa and James look weirdly out of place. Did Pippa spray-tan too much?

  24. The Original Mia says:

    These are the pictures the world waited on for 4 days? This is the best Testino could do with the most beautiful children and parents in the world? Please. The photos are okay. They will smooth over any negative feelings from the last week, but that’ll be short lived once we find out the next tone deaf thing these two have done.

    • Reese says:

      Where do you get “the most beautiful children and parents in the world”? These are average looking people at best and the pictures reflect that.

      • LAK says:

        The Original Mia was being sarcastic, notice she goes on to describe them as tone deaf.

        ‘Most beautiful people/children in the world’ is how some people describe them. All because of their royal title.

  25. Who ARE these people? says:

    George, take those feet off the sofa! : )

  26. AmandaPanda says:


    that last picture, kate looks like a demon mannequin. her eyes are glowing like coals!

    they look super photoshopped which is a shame because they don’t need it

    • CynicalCeleste says:

      Agreed. There are no whites left in Kate’s eyes.
      Something nice… despite the overzealous suntan, I think Pippa looks very pretty.

  27. G says:

    Charlotte is absolutely gorgeous! I love that she has Kate’s eyes and…”coloring”?? Anywhatever, I love that pic and I’m pretty sure I have that filter on my phone. LOL!!

  28. Amy M. says:

    Hahaha the Queen’s purse makes another appearance! She set it on the floor in George’s christening photos too, all hail the royal purse!!

    And while the pics are okay, it’s hard to coordinate when you have a baby and a toddler. We have a family portrait at home of me looking terrified sitting on my mom’s legs and my sister looking SO pissed off standing, the most epic frown that ever existed. Should probably scan it and post it to Facebook.

  29. jessica says:

    I really want to know what’s in the Queen’s purse. What would she be carrying that a servant wouldn’t hold for her.

    • Deedee says:

      The Corgi treats and some kind of high tech alarm/GPS tracking anti-terrorist device, I bet. And a hankie.

    • Rachel says:

      I would suspect a handkerchief and maybe some make up, but it’s used more as a signalling prop between the Queen and her assistants. If she places it on the table at dinner it means she wants it to end within the next few minutes, if she moves it between her arms it means she wants to move on from whomever she’s talking with, that sort of thing.

    • Sisi says:

      I think I’ve once read an article about the contents of her purse

  30. RobN says:

    Kind of odd photos, excepting the group one which looks great. The first photo of Kate holding the baby looks like somebody has photoshopped a huge head onto a baby’s body. Something just seems off about them.

  31. Lu says:

    Lol they always do this. They were catching a lot of heat for the lack of work, so here come the baby pictures.

  32. savu says:

    WAIT. Kate’s eye makeup. Yeah heavy on the eyeliner, but that nude shadow job is GORGEOUS. Love it on her. More… appropriate, sophisticated. If I could do my makeup like that every day I would.

  33. Natalie says:

    If this is an official engagement, can Charles write off Testino’s bill?

  34. Fallon says:

    These pictures don’t look professionally done whatsoever. The lighting and coloring in the one of Kate and Charlotte looks like those weird Uncle Terry shots.

  35. Jen says:

    Meh…when my daughter was born her eyes were so dark they almost blended with the pupils. Now they’re a light bluish gray.

  36. Vava says:

    I guess Mario doesn’t know how to focus his camera for the informal shots? Honestly, these photos are very poor quality. Hope they didn’t pay him full price because what a rip-off if they did.

    The group shot looks better than the one they did for Georgie. Kate doesn’t look so plastic this time around, and people seems a bit more relaxed. Grandpa Phil looks particularly great.

    • MinnFinn says:

      You know the group shot is better this time. I think Charles looks more uncomfortable in this one standing next to Carole than in George’s group photo. I also thought the other candids were bad but then celebrated photographers do a lot of creative work that to my eye looks like poor technique.

  37. Lis says:

    I love these photos! Made my heart melt a little. Not usually a big Kate and Will fan but beautiful pics!

  38. funcakes says:

    I like how Kate’s family are slightly touching one another while William’s family five almost five inches of space between them. The Queen’s husband always looks out of place. Is he photobombing them?
    And the Queen……has someone being nipping at the sherry? Nana look ad though she’s actually having a good time.

  39. kri says:

    Oh my god, those kids are gorgeous. George just has that glint in his eyes. He is going to be fascinating to watch whether he raises yodeling goats ( how Marie Antoinette) or designs a line of Puffy Shirts, I hope he never loses that spark. I think testino did a good job.

  40. 313girl says:

    Cheek’s face in the couch picture is so adorable!

  41. Feeshalori says:

    Charlotte is just a beautiful baby and it seems as if she’ll have the Middleton coloring unless her hair and eyes lighten. And in that last photo of the four, it looks like George is yanking Daddy’s ear.

    But why is Mike not standing besides Carole in the group photo? Coincidence or still problems between them?

  42. Malificent says:

    Charlotte’s eyes likely won’t start changing for another couple of months or so. Typical newborn color is a very dark steely blue, which will read like brown in photos. So no way of knowing yet what her eye color will be.

  43. msw says:

    I’m so sick of the royal family but I have to admit, those shots are adorable.

    Can someone explain how this last name thing works with the royals – wasn’t William “William Wales,” and then he got knighted, and now he is “William of Cambridge?”

    • LAK says:

      The first thing to point out is that the royal family doesn’t have a surname. They have a dynastic name which can be used for situations where a legal surname is required. That name is Windsor. For the direct descendants of HM, Mountbatten Windsor. Mountbatten is Philip’s surname. Long story regarding Philip’s surname, but I digress….

      Further to this, the different branches (houses) of the dynasty have the option of using their dominion titles as de facto surnames. This ends up being eg William/Harry of Wales, shortened to William/Harry Wales or Beatrice/Eugenie of York, shortened to Beatrice/Eugenie York to denote that William/Harry and Beatrice/Eugenie belong to the house of Wales and York respectively of the Mountbatten Windsor dynasty.

      Confusingly, sons can hold their father’s lesser titles as we see with Edward whose son is known by Edward’s lesser title of Viscount Severn rather than James of Wessex.

      Please note that children hold the titles and ‘of dominion’ titles of their fathers as a courtesy and not in their own right.

      On his marriage, William was granted a ducal title in his own right to become Duke of Cambridge. He ceased to be ‘of Wales’. He became ‘of Cambridge’ as are his wife and children.

      Legally, he remains Mountbatten Windsor in the event of a requirement for a legal surname.

      Harry is still Harry Wales and legally Mountbatten Windsor should he choose. If as expected he is given a ducal title on his marriage, he will also cease to be ‘of Wales’ whilst retaining Mountbatten Windsor.

      No one knows what ducal title will be granted, though people speculate based upon the vacant ones held specifically for the royal family. The monarch retains the right to resurrect a seemingly obsolete title like she did for Edward whose title pre-dates England.

  44. Rosie says:

    The informal shots. Ugh! Terrible. Especially the one of all four on the lawn. Looks like they flagged down a passing gardener to take a quick shot using dad’s iphone. Not a fan of Kate but she looked great on the day of the christening. Much better than here where her color is all washed out with the bright sunlight, them all squinting, the white dress and that yellowy dry looking lawn in the background. Love George though in any photo!

  45. Becks says:

    I like that George didn’t smile in the group photo. He couldn’t even be bothered to smize, like James Middleton.

  46. Dena says:

    Carole looks good. As does Charles.

  47. Original T.C. says:

    I actually love these group of pics because they are so colorful and as close to normal looking families as I’ve ever seen. And for once Kate did not exposure her Diana ring for the shot but instead pose with a look of pure love at Charlotte. I think she finally found something to love more than the status of Mrs William. Not saying she doesn’t love George as much but she was still always in pose mode with George but something about her little girl makes her lose herself completely. It could be a female to female bond. It’s endearing.

  48. Lizzieb says:

    I think Charlotte looks like Queen Elizabeth. Does anyone else see the resemblance?

    • MinnFinn says:

      Not at all! Ha-ha. I think Charlotte and George both have and will always have Kate and her dad’s very wide full faces.

  49. carole says:

    Kate’s veneers are killing my eyes!

  50. Aurelia says:

    Mega LOL, the Duchess of Mustique.

  51. M79 says:

    The pic of Kate with Charlotte with the flash is just awful. I can’t believe that picture was released at all, nonetheless by a famous photographer. Totally unimpressed with these shots. If these are the best they could choose from, I’m worried about the rest of the shoot. I do like the picture of the Middletons and William’s family though. Aside from that, airbrushed or just terrible.

  52. Mrs. Darcy says:

    First time I’ve seen the baby up close, what a cutie! I love Pippa’s dress, James looks hot. Too bad Harry couldn’t make it. The candid pics aren’t really blowing my mind, the best one is of Wills and Big G. I’m sure they have plenty of other better shots, they probably just released a few to sate the plebs.

  53. Natalie says:

    But then why send her to anything meaningful? She should do more of these appearances rather than galas and sporting events if she wants people to see her as more than a mannequin.

  54. notasugarhere says:

    If she worked on a regular basis and stopped wearing new clothes every time she stepped out the door, the focus would move to her work. Though she has proven incapable of being solemn at solemn occasions, one hopes this will change with time.

  55. Deedee says:

    Wear a dark dress she’s worn before, hair up and she would’ve been good. Instead she was noticeable by her absence.

  56. RobN says:

    I don’t know why anybody cares where she goes or what she does while she’s still officially on maternity leave. Frankly, we’ve worked so hard to get maternity leave that it bugs me that there is pressure on Anybody to get back to work and not use it.

  57. Vava says:

    @ NOTA, Kate obviously doesn’t care about her image.

  58. Olenna says:

    I keep reading comments about Kate deserving her maternity leave. No matter how often it is repeated that Kate actually works, the average intelligent person knows that she only puts in a few hours per month (when not pregnant) conducting official and sometimes questionably official engagements and appearances. In most Western countries, a person must be a full-time employee or part-time permanent employee to earn maternity leave. Is Kate a conventional employee that earns maternity leave? IMO, no and I think the term is being appropriated to explain her absences from official duties.

  59. Deedee says:

    But Kate didn’t “work so hard” to get maternity leave. You have to have a full-time job to earn it. Kate’s on vacay more than she works, even before she had kids. Unless you’re counting her tireless work as Duchess of Mustique.

  60. Mika says:

    It’s simple. Kate does not and has never worked full-time. Therefore, she is not entitled to maternity leave.

  61. carole says:


  62. carole says:

    comment was in response to olenna