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Prince George, Charlotte and Louis: Why Kate Middleton takes her own family photos

Prince George: Host on 'nod to Philip' in birthday photo

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Prince George, eight, was captured beaming at the camera by his mother Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, in a heartwarming new portrait shared to mark his eighth birthday on July 22. The Duchess has made it something of a tradition to be in charge of taking the Cambridge family photos – but why?

Kate is a keen amateur photographer and several of her royal patronages are related to the art but it is more than just her passion that prompts her to take her own snaps of Prince William, 39, George, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.

Getting behind the camera not only allows Kate to take candid photos professional photographers might not get but it also allows her to keep paparazzi at bay, one royal expert has claimed.

Touching on the Duchess’s habit for taking family photos Telegraph royal editor Camilla Tominey said: “The paparazzi – there’s no market anymore because the Duchess comes out with her own family photos and they’re far more valuable to the press than images taken at a long lense.

“That’s how The Cambridges are going to strike the balance, they’re going to give in order to receive a degree of privacy back.”

In a previous piece, the royal editor also wrote: “Why would any newspapers or magazines want to run grainy long-lens images of the royals in private when they themselves are willing to serve up crystal clear Instagram-style shots?”

She added: “Of course there still is, and always will be, a place for experienced lensmen and women to capture the big royal moments.

“However, it has always been these more candid camera shots that the public has craved.”

She added: “When it comes to seeing the ‘real’ royals behind their public personas, the Duchess is fast becoming the monarchy’s leading chronicler of modern royal life.”

The new photo of George caught him sitting atop a Land Rover in a sweet nod to his late great-grandfather Prince Philip who is known to have loved the four by four cars.

Earlier this year Kate also shared pictures to mark Charlotte and Louis’s birthdays in April and May.

Louis was snapped sitting on top of a red children’s bike on his first day of nursery school.

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The new photo of George prompted a flurry of praise from fans on social media with many commenting on how much he looks like William.

One wrote: “Happy birthday Prince George, looks more & more like his dad…delighted the Duke & Duchess released this beautiful photo despite the nasty trolling after the Euro Final, remember there is much more love than hate in the world x.”

Another gushed: “I love how he is becoming his own self. He resembles his father more in this photo but has his mother’s eyes. He is such a blessing.”

A third chimed in: “Awww Looks handsome and like his father.

A fourth joked: “Will dat u?” and posted two photos of a young William smiling at a similar age.

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