One shows three-year-old Princess Charlotte gazing adoringly into her baby brother’s eyes and clutching his tiny hand, while their older brother Prince George, who will be five on Sunday, gives a cheeky grin and joins the rest of the family group looking at the camera.
It was one of several pictures released by Kensington Palace last night. They were taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak for the family album at Clarence House after the christening in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace last Monday.
Elegant and colour-coordinated, the Royal Family were captured in the morning room and garden at Clarence House, the London home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The house, built by John Nash in 1825- 27 for George III’s third son, the Duke of Clarence, adjoins St James’s Palace and was previously the Queen Mother’s official residence for almost five decades.
At the 40-minute service and a tea party afterwards, the women wore mainly pastel colours, each dressed head to toe in one colour, while the men wore blue suits, white shirts and light blue ties.
George and Charlotte continued the blue and white theme. William and Kate were also joined for the photoshoot by their children, along with Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Charles and Camilla.
The Middleton family, including Kate’s parents Michael and Carole, her sister Pippa and husband James Matthews and her brother James Middleton were also in attendance. Another picture shows Louis, who had been asleep when he arrived at the ceremony, looking up at his proud mother.
Mother and baby are captured in a similar pose in a group photo of the Cambridge branch of the family, which shows George, looking slightly tired after Camilla, Charles, Harry and Meghan join William, Kate and their three children a long summer term in his first year of school, and Charlotte, posing cheekily for the camera.
Holyoak, one of the world’s leading celebrity portrait photographers, said: “I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis.
“Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.
“I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs.”
Louis was sound asleep as he was carried into the Chapel Royal by Kate for the christening ceremony, but afterwards looked content and wiggled his fingers as his mother beamed at him as she held him in her arms.
With Prince George and Princess Charlotte joining their parents for Louis’s big day, it was the first time the Cambridges have been seen together in public as a family of five. Holyoak has worked with a host of celebrities and his photos have regularly been splashed on the covers of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Shortlist and Dazed And Confused.
This was not his first royal commission as he photographed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary. The picture is a throwback to the christenings of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess of Cambridge sported her favourite designer Alexander McQueen at both occasions. She wore a creamy soft yellow ruffled look ensemble for Prince George’s baptism in 2013 and a cream coat dress for Princess Charlotte’s in 2015.
She again wore McQueen for the christening of Prince Louis, this time around she chose a striking white dress.