As promised, two additional pictures of William, Kate and Prince George were released this evening.
Photographer John Stillwell shared more about about shooting the pictures in a People magazine story.
“He’s quick on his feet,” Stillwell tells PEOPLE. “He was walking towards me – I was kneeling down to take the picture and he was on top of me as soon as he started walking. He was very quick. He looked really steady on his feet.”
Stillwell, who says he was “really honored to be asked to do it,” was part of a small group, including some of the couple’s staff, who quietly headed to the museum on the morning of July 2.
The three photographs (one was rereleased Saturday) offer a look at the youngster’s expressive face.
A visual reminder of the photo released over the weekend.
The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English tweeted an interesting aside to the high profile photo shoot:
“According to one closely involved in the taking of the butterfly pictures, things didn’t entirely run to plan… as it was morning the butterflies, which normally swarm around visitors, needed time to warm up & weren’t coming anywhere near Prince George. As a result it was touch & go whether the shoot would work. Fortunately, thanks to the skill of the lovely John Stillwell from PA , it did!
HRH’s understandable fascination with the butterflies is obvious, “Curious George” clearly wanted to touch the insect.
More from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:
The Duke got a blue morpho butterfly to settle on the back of his hand, and when he showed it to his son there was a certain inevitability to what happened next. The Prince opened his thumb and finger ready to pick up the South American butterfly as he sat on the Duchess of Cambridge’s lap.
John Stilwell, the Press Association photographer who was on the visit on July 2, said: “He was fascinated, and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.”William and Kate used the occasion to share a heartfelt message:
How will His Highness mark the occasion tomorrow? Richard Palmer’s story in the Daily Express offers this information:
The invitations to the world’s most exclusive first birthday party have been sent out and presents purchased for the guest of honour.
Surrounded by his family and his parents’ closest friends, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge will be feted at a discreet celebration on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of his birthday, as the Court Circular, the Palace’s daily record of royal events, will no doubt solemnly describe it.
In light of Prince George’s popularity it wasn’t surprising to see the birthday photos on the front pages of many British newspapers.
Most FOGs (Fans of George) are aware the Prince’s image has graced many a magazine cover of late. Below, a small sampling of covers showcasing the Birthday Boy: a souvenir issue of New Zealand Women’s Weekly, Vanity Fair’s August issue, and the July 28 Hello! Canada.
One note about a specific cover photo.
It has been suggested the People magazine cover was dramatically altered, ‘photoshopped’ in common parlance. The Daily Mail ran a story last Tuesday about the magazine cover: “Now Prince George gets magazine Photoshop treatment,” referring to it as a “photoshopping scandal”. Below, the newspaper’s photos supporting their point.
Upon seeing the story photographer James Whatling, who took the photograph used for the cover, offered the following on his Twitter feed.
People’s official statement responding to the allegations was included in the Daily Mail story: :
‘PEOPLE did not alter the looks of Prince George on our cover in any way. Some areas may have picked up saturation during the press run, further enhanced by the glossy paper quality,’ a spokesman for the magazine said.
Thinking no one could be more familiar with the photo than Mr. Whatling, I asked him to elaborate on his Twitter comment and he shared the following:
“The picture hasn’t actually been altered in any way, they’ve just added a bit of red to the overall image. This is no different to what you used to be able to do with a colour print or transparency, so it’s not classed as photoshopping. Nothing’s been cloned, added or taken away. His lips look a touch redder because the overall image has had a bit of red added.”
Our thanks to James for explaining things in terms your faithful scribe could grasp.
When it comes to What George Wore in the two pictures released today, he is in the same outfit seen in the first family photo: his Early Days Alex Pre-Walker shoes (we show them at Trotters, also available at ChildrenSalon), the Petit Bateau Oshkosh Stripe shortall/overalls (now sold out), and an unidentified navy polo shirt or bodysuit – we show three possibilities in out graphic below.
As of this writing (July 21, 9pm EDT), Diapers.com still has some Petit Bateau shortalls/overalls in limited sizes, there is a very limited selections at Look.com site (via Sears), and CloudoKids was offering the blue & white overalls in a few sizes.
Trotters stocked up on Prince George items in time for the added interest the company knew would accompany his birthday. The Milo bodysuit by Chelsea Clothing Company is available in all sizes, this was worn to the Plunket Playdate in New Zealand.
For our special post featuring photos from George’s first year, click here.