I was delighted to see the photos released by Kensington Palace on Tuesday of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son, Prince George. They were billed as the official family portrait of the royal couple, William and Catherine (aka Kate).
What was so cool about the portrait is that it included the couple’s black cocker spaniel, Lupo, and the Middleton family dog, a golden retriever named Tilly. The photos were taken by Michael Middleton, Kate’s father.
Apparently the photos have caused somewhat of a stir because they weren’t taken by a “professional” portrait photographer. The images are backlit (light coming from behind) and apparently aren’t sharp (in focus) enough to please professional photographers. There also were whispers about the fact that Tilly is simply lying down next to the couple and not “posed.”
I, for one, appreciate the fact the Duchess of Cambridge’s father took the photos. While I don’t know the royal couple and likely will never meet them (I wish!), I applaud them for bucking tradition. From everything I’ve read about them, they tend to go against the grain on a regular basis and seem as down to earth as possible, given their status.
In excerpts from CNN’s special airing in September, Prince William talks about being a new father. He even mentions how Lupo, the dog he and the Duchess welcomed to their family shortly before Christmas in 2011, is adjusting to having an infant around.
I have to believe that by having Lupo and Tilly in the portrait, the Duke and Duchess gained even more fans than they already had, if that’s possible.
And little Prince George will grow up around dogs just as William and Harry did, and as his grandfather, Prince Charles, did. After all, Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love of dogs, particularly corgis.
It seems the royals and dogs go hand-in-hand, and what better way to emphasize that than by including them in the portrait with the newest heir to the throne of England?
Mary Ullmer is editor of Dogs Unleashed, a lifestyle magazine for dog lovers. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to Dogs Unleashed, visit dogsunleashedmag.com, and be sure to “like” Dogs Unleashed Magazine on Facebook.