Prince Louis Official Christening Portraits Are Here: See All 4 Stunning Photos!

Prince Louis’ official christening portraits dropped Sunday — and they are a royal dream.

The four stunning photos share a few fun similarities (and surprising differences!) with big brother Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings photos.

Proud parents Prince William and Kate Middleton chose Matt Holyoak, one of the world’s leading portrait photographers, to take the photos, which were taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House (grandpa Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall‘s official London residence), following the little prince’s baptism in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.

The first photo features Will, Kate and their three children along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s family, including Carole and Michael Middleton, James Middleton, Pippa Middleton and her husband, James Matthews.

The second photo includes just the royal family members, while the third photo showcases the new family of five. Kate and her baby boy, Louis, take center stage in the fourth photo.

The family is surrounded by history in Clarence House’s Morning Room. The sofa they are seated around is part of a suite of gilt-wood seat furniture by Thomas Chippendale, which dates from about 1773. It is thought to have been commissioned by George III’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester.

To the right is an oil on canvas portrait of Queen Elizabeth, by Michael Noakes, 1972-1973. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were unable to attend the christening due to the monarch’s busy schedule last week and the week prior.

“I was truly honored at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event,” Holyoak said in a statement. “Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs.”

Holyoak has worked with the royal family before and was behind the gorgeous portraits taken of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to mark their 70th wedding anniversary last year.

George’s portraits were taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell in the Morning Room at Clarence House as well, immediately following the ceremony at St. James’s Palace in 2013. One of the historic portraits features Queen Elizabeth sitting with her three heirs: Charles, William and George.

Charlotte’s 2015 christening portraits were taken by famed photographer Mario Testino, a favorite of William’s late mother, Princess Diana. Testino snapped the impeccably candid images during the family’s intimate post-christening gathering at Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth’s Norfolk country home.

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Royal family members, including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla – along with Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her siblings Pippa and James – assembled at Sandringham for afternoon tea following the church service.

Testino also snapped a portrait of Charlotte along with the four generations of British heirs – the Queen, Charles, William and George, who were first photographed together on George’s 2013 christening day – and the Middleton family joined in as well.

The royal family gathered together on Monday to celebrate Louis’ christening at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London.


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Madame X by John Singer Sargent

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For the past 12 years, Dutch photographer Sarah Wong has documented the lives and experiences of a group of children who have transitioned — or are in the process of transitioning — to live as their authentic selves.

Wong captured these images of children involved with VU University in Amsterdam, where they engaged in a type of therapy that aimed to support children who experience gender dysphoria. A number of these kids took or have taken puberty blockers in order to delay the effects of puberty until they decide how they want to live their lives. However, the photos were taken at the kids’ homes, schools, ballet classes — spaces where they felt most comfortable.

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The Huffington Post chatted with Wong this week about the children in these photos, as well as her own experiences documenting the lives of these kids.

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Ballet Girl, 2005

The Huffington Post: Who are the children captured in these photographs?
Sarah Wong: These are Dutch, cross-gender children aged 5 up to 17. I photographed them since 2003 by request of their parents. I worked as a photographer in health care and had just finished a photo book about a children’s hospital. We met, and the cross-gender children immediately touched my heart.

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Ballet Girl, 2010

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Boy with swimming suit, 2009

“At the end we’re all the same — souls who want to be happy and live compassionately.”

What was your goal/intention with photographing these children?
My goal was to help them to find happiness. With their portraits I wanted to empower them — no sensational journalistic approach. Not a boy in a dress or a girl with a football. When people saw the portraits they said, “lovely children, but who are they?”

The photographs showed lovely children, with a strong consciousness: this is who I truly am. At the end we’re all the same — souls who want to be happy and live compassionately.

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Boy with boxing trainer, 2010

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Girl, 2003

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Boy, 2007

What were the experiences of these children like at this European clinic?
The children had very good experiences at the VUmc because of the puberty blockers. The greatest nightmare from a cross-gender child is your body growing the wrong direction. A boy doesn’t want breasts and girls don’t want to have a beard. The puberty-blockers gave relief and thinking time, and they could grow up like “normal” teenagers.

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Boy, 2009

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Girl, 2015

Why, as a photographer, is providing these stories and experiences visibility so important?
As an artist your work can have a great impact on public opinion. I was always very interested in identity and compassion and felt sometimes more like a psychologist or detective-profiler, than a photographer.

I realized very young, at age 21 in art school, that as an artist, your photographs can have a great impact on the public opinion. I was very much inspired by Robert Capa and Henry Cartier Bresson, Magnum photographers.

It’s very important for society to see these images — theres nothing sensational about transgender kids. Again, at the end we’re pretty much the same: we’re all souls who want to live happy and give meaning to our life and others.

It was during the project that I suddenly understood why these photos were incredibly important for the kids. They showed who they really were. The photographs were almost forensic proof for them.

Mostly, photography is about the emotions and ego from the artist. Well, during this project my ego shrunk every photoshoot because I was in service of them. And I liked very much the idea that the photographs we made were for a greater purpose. Unfortunately, I could never expose them in a museum because of the integrity of the children. Now that they’re older I’m looking for a great spot. Society and public opinion has changed.

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Girl, 2003

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Girl, 2009

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Princess on white horse, 2012

What do you hope viewers take away from these images?
I truly hope The Huffington Post audience will take the compassionate way of looking. This means a way of looking with the heart — free from personal emotions.

If you get emotional with someone’s suffering you are not in a position of empowering someone. The very first doctor who helped these children was a pioneer as well. During the weekend he was a deacon in a church. The reason he wanted to help transgender gender people was because of this compassionate way of looking at them — not as a doctor but as a human being.

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Butterfly tableau, 2010

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Butterfly tableau, 2012

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Introducing the photographs on her Facebook page, Whaanga wrote:

WARNING: these images are confronting and contain topless material. They are not in anyway meant to be sexual. The aim of this project is to raise awareness for breast cancer. If you find these images offensive please hide them from your feed. Each day we walk past people. These individuals appear normal but under their clothing sometimes their bodies tell a different story. Nadia Masot and I aim to find others who are willing to participate in our project so that we might show others that cancer effects everyone. The old and the young, age does not matter, self examination is vital. It can happen to you.

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“The feedback that I’ve received was that people felt that the medium was not appropriate for these images,” Whaanga told HuffPost. “They were also concerned about the graphic and confronting content of the images.”

These objections, however, seem almost petty in light of the project’s goal: raising awareness about cancer and encouraging people to make their health a priority.

“These photos remind the viewer to be vigilant about checking their bodies and to be more aware that this could and and possibly will happen to you,” Whaanga told HuffPost.

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“If the ‘Under The Red Dress’ project helps one man, woman or family deal with their battle with cancer, or helps one person in their preventative journey, than I’m very happy,” Whaanga told HuffPost.

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