By George, that's a cute baby! Just a few days shy of his one-month birthday, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge resurfaced with his parents Prince William and Kate Middleton for a second photo opp. Released Monday, August 19 by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 31, the two photos feature the new parents, their (sleeping!) bundle of joy George (born July 22) -- and, in one of the shots, royal pup Lupo! (Behind the foursome sits another pooch -- Tilly, a retriever and a Middleton family pet.)
Eschewing a professional shoot with a big name photographer, the royals' latest pics were taken in early August by none other than Kate's father, Michael Middleton, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
"William and Catherine wanted to release photos that are more natural and personable, something more intimate," a Palace aide tells Us Weekly of the surprising snaps, which show Kate looking especially radiant in a fuchsia knot front maternity dress by Seraphine as she holds little George. "They're happy with the outcome. The photographs give a great sense of family spirit."
During the shoot, George was "very peaceful," the Palace aide says.
After meeting a sea of media outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital July 23, the trio spent just one evening at home at Kensington Palace in London before decamping to Bucklebury. Early Monday morning, CNN released an excerpt of Prince William's first TV interview since his son's birth.
"He's a little bit of a rascal, put it that way," William quipped. "So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I'm not sure. But he's doing very well at the moment."
It was the William's duty -- a "badge of honor," he said -- to be the very first to change his son's diaper.
"I had every midwife staring at me, 'You do it. You do it,'" he said. "He's a little fighter. He wriggles around quite a lot. And he doesn't want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem."
The young family left Bucklebury last Wednesday, and have been staying at their home in Angelsey, Wales. "It was sort of a last minute whim," another source says of the spot, where the couple have lived during William's appointment with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue group there. "What's great about Anglesey, and even for this trip, is that they are able to be there and not get disturbed or feel watched. It really is the most peaceful place."