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Old 08-21-2013, 02:15 PM
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I feel sorry for Michael "I never said I was David Bailey" Middleton.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:16 PM
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I think there's too much pressure on the British royal family and when they crack under the pressure, people go on and on about how they weren't cut out to be royal.

I may be alone in this but I like these informal pictures of the royals. I like the idea of grandpa Michael taking a nice picture of his daughter, son-in-law and grandson. With all the formality that's coming for this couple, informal pictures like this is something people will look back on and appreciate someday. Today, I find myself loving the informal pictures of the royals of the past.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:29 PM
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Some people appear to be living in the past when glamour was the order of the day. We live in a much more casual world. People no longer dress up to take a flight, in a lot of work places the dress code is "business casual," people rarely go to fancy restaurants except for really big occasions like a milestone birthday or anniversary. We as a society just don't glamourize as much as we used to.

So, to those who want the glamour shots of the Cambridge's, guess what, you're not gonna get them so quit whining about it and move on. There are way more important things in this world we should be complaining about than who photographed the Cambridges and how formal or informal the setting was.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:36 PM
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I feel sorry for Michael "I never said I was David Bailey" Middleton.
Touche. Guy's got a sense of humor. Nice.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:40 PM
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Since this is The British Royal Family they will always be Scrutinize, Analyize,Criticizes for every little thing they do or say whether it Good or Bad, wrong Big Deal or not, etc.

If this was The Royal Family from the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Monaco who did a photo like this one it would not be such a big thing and everybody would like it and wouldnt be quick to judge
I completely agree with you. Bravo. I am so sick of the whining, if they had a more formal pic, people would STILL complain that they are TOO FORMAL. Crown Princess Mary takes pics of her kids, but that's okay for her and not the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? I am not saying everyone needs to like the pics, but this whining about every single little thing is getting so old that this is my last post. Those who are not done complaining can continue to do so without me here. It has become absolutely ludicrous.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:54 PM
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Well said! Two future Kings and all most people are talking about in the picture is Tilly the dog.
Don't forget Lupo...he's adorable!
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:06 PM
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Don't forget Lupo...he's adorable!
Lupo definitely is a good looking dog but from the picture, I could see where they'd have to clean up his drool a lot. I bet George is going to have a close companion growing up with Lupo.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:22 PM
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Some people appear to be living in the past when glamour was the order of the day. We live in a much more casual world. People no longer dress up to take a flight, in a lot of work places the dress code is "business casual," people rarely go to fancy restaurants except for really big occasions like a milestone birthday or anniversary. We as a society just don't glamourize as much as we used to.

So, to those who want the glamour shots of the Cambridge's, guess what, you're not gonna get them so quit whining about it and move on. There are way more important things in this world we should be complaining about than who photographed the Cambridges and how formal or informal the setting was.
I didn't read any post here asking for a dress up photo in fancy clothes, let alone robes, or anything like what you're describing. Those who didn't like the pictures, like me, just wanted a better quality one. And yes, people still take good quality photos nowadays. There is actually a market for photogaphers doing family sessions growing up nowadays. Beautiful, casual photos of family moments, but with quality, which was what was missing in those photos.
I must say that the poor quality is the only thing I don't like in these photos. Everything else looks good to me. I like the pose, I like the setting, I like the idea of the dog, I don't have any problem with it being taken in the Middleton's house, etc. I just think the photos don't have quality. I see many problems there, such as the light, that completely ruin the photos and that could have easily been prevented if a professional photographer was chosen.
And I also have no problem with a family member taking the photo.
Crown Princess Mary takes photos of her kids all the time that she uses as official pictures and they look wonderful to me and even have a special touch because they were taken by her. I also enjoyed the photos taken by the Duke of York in old times. And of course, those taken by Lord Snowdon were amazing. But all the three take good photos, which Michael Middleton doesn't.

There are those here who think that the quality of the picture doesn't matter. We should all be thankfull that they shared a picture of what they think it's a family moment (when in fact it's not, it's actually just a posed photo). I don't share this view.
But, of course, this is just my opinion.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:23 PM
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William had me laughing, the way he discussed Lupo "drooling around the house"!

I love it that William and Kate are committed to keeping their pets part of the family, even after the baby arrives.

I know many people who have banished their dogs outdoors or even given them away after bringing a newborn home and that always makes me sad.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:35 PM
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Y'know with all the negativism in articles and whining about the poor quality of the first family photos of a future king, it might just turn out to be a case of biting the hand the feeds them.

Perhaps Will and Kate will realize that they need formal portraits because of the austere and esteemed rank they hold and decide to scratch any future sharing of everyday snaps and photos with anyone but family. Personally, I wouldn't blame them at all if this is the decision they come to. Perhaps a photo on birthdays and memorable days like the first day of school will suffice.

Photographers camped out for weeks for the best shot of George when he was born, not a day goes by where there's not some article about Will or Kate somewhere and we waited with bated breath for the first pictures to be released. When they were, "NOT GOOD ENOUGH" is the uproar heard.

They tried. Obviously they did it all wrong and perhaps won't make that mistake again. Ever. It will be those of us that enjoyed the close family pictures they did release that will lose out if they do decide not to release to the public anything but formal professional photographs.
I agree with the whole post, but the last part is especially true. I, personally would take the informal photos taken by family members over the professional ones any day. Those photos give us a sense of who the family truly are, how they interact, etc. There will be plenty of chances for formal pictures, done by professional photographers, and in all honesty, they're not as special to me for that very reason. They don't show the person, but the position the said person occupies, and we're very familiar with that information.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:43 PM
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Prince George: First Official Photos Released 22 August 2013

Aren't most pictures posed - holiday snaps "stand there I want to take a picture of you and BP" ? Christmas round the tree. birthdays and the cake, etc. Just saying
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I loved the photos and I have to say that if I had taken the pictures and agreed to release them .... it would be the LAST TIME. I think I would just decide that photos on birthdays and maybe Christmas (posed and by a professional photographer of course) would be the only ones released. Public figures or not (and Michael Middleton is not) no one needs to endure the criticism and crap spouted by some people.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:03 PM
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From the daily express

Why so negative over royal snaps? | Fergus Kelly | Columnists | Comment | Daily Express
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What is wrong with William and his family being normal? Interview after interview that is what he said he wanted- at school, be normal- at Sandhurst , be normal - at Raf Valley, be normal.

He isn't King yet. He has to wait for his grandmother and father to die. Which isn't a pleasant thought. What is suppose to do with his life until then? Become some sort of diva, demanding people grovel to them and serve him m&ms with the green ones removed :)

No, he is going do what everybody else does until he can't.
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I'm with the author of this article, and I thought that this quote rang particularly true:

'You can bet the same critics would accuse the Royal Family of being too stuffy if the first official pictures had been more formal and staged'.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:23 PM
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What is wrong with William and his family being normal? Interview after interview that is what he said he wanted- at school, be normal- at Sandhurst , be normal - at Raf Valley, be normal.

He isn't King yet. He has to wait for his grandmother and father to die. Which isn't a pleasant thought. What is suppose to do with his life until then? Become some sort of diva, demanding people grovel to them and serve him m&ms with the green ones removed :)

No, he is going do what everybody else does until he can't.
"Normal" is a relative term. It's having to juggle bills and wait in long lines and worry about getting laid off. William will never be normal in that sense. Few if any Royals will, and I have to admit I find it annoying when they use the word.

I suspect what William and many people like him mean when they yearn for normalcy is being able to conduct their(very privileged) lives with as much privacy as possible...period.
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"Normal" is a relative term. It's having to juggle bills and wait in long lines and worry about getting laid off. William will never be normal in that sense. Few if any Royals will, and I have to admit I find it annoying when they use the word.

I suspect what William and many people like him mean when they yearn for normalcy is being able to conduct their(very privileged) lives with as much privacy as possible...period.
But like you said, "normal" is a relative term. When I think of "normal", I think of all the little things that people do each and every day. Like going grocery shopping, going to work, going to the movies, cooking, hanging out with friends and family, etc. Those are the type of things that the royals mean when they talk about being "normal".

Sure, William will never have to worry about certain things (like getting laid off), but that doesn't mean that aspects of his life are not "normal".
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:39 PM
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I've always considered the royals to be "normal" people just like you and me. Things may be different financially, socially and historically but they are "normal" people and some issues and ups and downs like the rest of us.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:46 PM
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William, Kate and Harry might never have to worry about paying bills like most of us, but there are plenty of things they have to worry about that are no problem for us. Besides... I didn't know worrying about bills was a criterium of "normalcy". Whatever that means..
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I love the lovely family pictures. For those who don't. I feel sorry for you because you don't give them credit for just being them. Which at this time is new parents. If you don't find that good enough, then move on and find someone that meets your expectations.
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