I was wondering if we would get a new photo of Prince George for his birthday tomorrow, and we did. Kensington Palace released a new photo of the little monkey in honor of his birthday tomorrow, July 22. He turns two.
[Mario Testino via Kensington Palace]
The photo was taken on July 5, the day of Princess Charlotte’s Christening, and is part of the set of photos taken by Mario Testino to mark the occasion.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family. They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George’s second birthday.”
If we’re being honest, this is probably my favorite photo of that entire set. George seems so happy and playful, there’s movement, and it’s not in black and white.
In terms of how Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating George’s 2nd birthday (technically it’s his 3rd birthday, and he’s turning 2, but whatevs), reportedly they are having a private celebration at Anmer Hall with some family and friends. Though unlike his first birthday party at Kensington Palace, the Queen is not attending. Neither are Prince Charles or Camilla, because they are doing engagements in Cornwall.
The birthday photo was released via social media, with @KensingtonRoyal tweeting this morning “We’ll be sharing a special photo of Prince George later ahead of his birthday tomorrow. Watch this space! #HappyBirthdayPrinceGeorge” and then later tweeting the photo. This is in stark contrast to the way KP released George’s first birthday photos, where they released the photos to the press before they put them on social media. More and more the KP team are taking to social media to release information. Don’t get me wrong, I like that they do this, but it does seem rather… odd that they are trying so hard to skirt around working with the press. I wonder how that will work long term.
PS. I’m annoyed that KP tweeted at 6AM (EST) that they would release a photo, and then waited three hours to release the photo. By that time I had left the house to do something. If you’re going to release a photo, just release the photo. Don’t sit there and wait three hours.