The royal family may have released the most casual, DIY baby portraits ever on Monday, Aug. 19, but new mom Kate Middleton looked as effortlessly glamorous as ever — just a few weeks after giving birth. Holding newborn son Prince George and standing alongside husband Prince William (with their dog, Lupo, and the Middleton family pooch, Tilly, making cameos in a second pic), Kate Middleton was fresh-faced yet regal as they posed for her father, Michael Middleton, in the garden of her family's home in Bucklebury.
"William and Catherine wanted to release photos that are more natural and personable, something more intimate," a Palace aide told Us Weekly on Monday of the shots. Nevertheless, a second source reveals, the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, did recruit Amanda Cook Tucker, a freelance hairstylist with whom she's frequently worked, to travel to Bucklebury and get her world-famous locks ready for the camera.
As for the frock selected by George's mum? Middleton chose a fuschia knot front maternity dress by Seraphine. Retailing at just $79, the dress features a forgiving empire waist and draping perfect for women's pregnant and post-baby bods.
As for little George Alexander Louis (born July 22 in London), the third-in-line to the British throne was swaddled in the same shawl, by G H Hurt and Son Limited, which he left St. Mary's Hospital in on July 23.
William, 31, told CNN in a recent interview that his wife of two years is "doing a fantastic job" as a mother. "For me, Catherine, and now little George are my priorities," he said, adding: "I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. . . Something I never thought I would feel myself . . .a lot of things affect me differently now."