Kensington Palace gushed its approval at the results of Mario Testino’s portraits during the christening of Princess Charlotte. In a twitter post shortly before the four official photographs were released a spokesman said: “We’re about to share some special christening photos by @mariotestino. Thanks so much for all the lovely messages in recent days!”
It bore all the hallmarks of the renowned fashion photographer; a lot of smiles, unguarded moments, looks into the camera with most of the candid exposures provided by Prince George. In a black and white rendering, the irrepressible toddler can be seen smiling as he tugged at his hair while being held by Prince William. Even Princess Charlotte managed to hold a straight gaze for the camera in another pose in her mother’s arms.
There was also the traditional family photograph featuring the Cambridges, the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons. It was also a first for Testino who had never photographed the Queen before although he captured late Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace for an iconic Vanity Fair cover.
In what will certainly be a dress rehearsal for Princess Charlotte, she will have to get used to the cameras, if not the paparazzi type, at least the society variety. She will have to become adept at these sittings in later life as she grows up in the social media age where most communication is visual. Her first official images were transmitted via Twitter and sets a tone for what to expect in future.
She is predicted to become the glossies’ favourite and in line to become the most photographed woman in the world just like her late gran. Her fashion and beauty regime will be pored over in minute detail. She will no doubt fly the flag for British fashion and photographers will always be a permanent feature of her life. Say cheese, Charlotte.
In Pictures: Princess Charlotte Christening