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First portrait of Prince George snapped by Kate's dad
This image taken in early August 2013 by Michael Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's father, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England, with Tilly the retriever, seen left, a Middleton family pet, and Lupo, the couple's cocker spaniel. (AP Photo/Michael Middleton/TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge )
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:38AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:09AM EDT
LONDON -- Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have bypassed professional photographers and chosen family snapshots for the first official images of their new son, Prince George.
Royal officials on Tuesday released photos of Kate holding the swaddled baby while standing beside William -- and in one image, the couple's cocker spaniel, Lupo.
The pictures were taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton, in the family's backyard.
The casual images are a departure from the royal tradition of hiring professional photographers for baby portraits.
Professionals gave the snapshots a mixed review.
Martin Keene, head of pictures at the Press Association news agency, said "any photographer would have been pleased to have taken them."
But The Sun newspaper's veteran royal photographer, Arthur Edwards, advised Michael Middleton: "Don't give up the day job."