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Excitement builds in Bucklebury

The village of Bucklebury in Berkshire is gearing up for the christening of Prince George tomorrow - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son.

The ceremony will take place at St James' Palace and will be attended by close members of the family. The young prince spent the first few weeks of his life in Bucklebury at Kate Middleton's parents' home and customers at the family's local pub will be raising a toast to celebrate the occasion.

John Hayley is the owner of the Old Boot Inn in the village.

Photographer announced for Prince's christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Jason Bell will be the official photographer at their sons christening tomorrow.

Prince George will have his picture taken at Clarence House following the service in the Chapel Royal.

Jason Bell is a well established portrait photographer and his work has appeared in many of the world's foremost publications.

He has received a number of awards, including The Royal Photographic Society's Terrence Donovan Award for outstanding contribution to photography.

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Royal photographer: George pictures are 'charming'

Getty's royal photographer Chris Jackson told ITV News Michael Middleton's pictures of Prince George were "charming" and a "good all-round effort".

He said: "In the future, I would recommend taking photos in the early morning or late evening when the light is turning to give a softer light to the image but it's a good all-round effort and it's a very charming image."

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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

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First official photograph of Prince George with his parents

Family portrait taken in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

This is the first official family picture of Prince George with his parents and family dog Lupo. It was taken by Kate Middleston's father, Michael Middleton at his home in Bucklebury in Berkshire, earlier this month.

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

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