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High praise for Michael Middleton's photographs

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Michael Middleton follows a long line of photographers to have captured important images of members of the royal family.

Little is known about how much experience the British Airways flight dispatcher-turned-businessman has behind the lens, but as the first official photographs to be taken of the future king, the pictures are sure to have their place in history.

The intimate family portraits were taken in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, earlier this month and for Mr Middleton, they are not only of a future monarch but of his first grandchild.

Martin Keene, head of pictures at the Press Association, said the photographs were impressive. "Any photographer would have been pleased to have taken them," he said.

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Kate's father captured first official pictures of George

The first official photographs of Prince George have been released. Lying peacefully in the arms of the Duchess of Cambridge, the newborn, who is third in line to the throne, seems to be sleeping in the pictures.

The intimate pictures were taken by Kate's father Michael Middleton in a shady spot of the garden of the family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, earlier this month.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George. Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge cradles a sleeping Prince George. Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire


Downton Abbey's baby George

ITV named the fictional baby George (pictured left) after King George V months before the royal birth Credit: Carnival/ITV

It seems George is becoming a popular name for aristocratic babies. After the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth earlier this week, the makers of ITV hit show Downton Abbey - filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire - have revealed Lady Mary Crawley's son is also called George.

But is seems Downton producers were first to pick the name as filming started months ago. The fictional baby George was apparently named after King George V.


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