This afternoon new photos of Princess Charlotte were released by Kensington Palace.
The photographs were taken at William and Kate’s country home, they show Charlotte as she is turning six months old, or shortly after. (She will be 7 months old on Tuesday.) More from the Palace:
“The Duchess took these pictures herself and loved them so much she wanted to share them with the public and hopes everyone enjoys them as much as she does.”
Victoria Murphy reports in The Mirror that the photographs were most likely taken with the same Canon EOS 52 Mark II camera Kate used when photographing Charlotte and George together.
The Princess looks darling, her big blue eyes so like her father’s. Below left you can see Prince William when he was just about the same age Charlotte is in the new pictures. On the right we show Prince George when he was a little older, about 9 months.
Here you see the Princess in the second image released today. She looks like a young lady who races at life, eager to embrace every adventure she can find. Below, Charlotte appears to be reveling in the moment, captivated by her stuffed animal.
This progression of pictures shows how much Charlotte has changed in just six months. As someone who is not a parent I can only imagine how amazing it must be to witness this in your own children.
On to what the Princess was wearing in the new photographs.
We have not yet determined who made Charlotte’s dress and cardigan. The dress looks quite like a piece from the s/s 2015 Trotters collection, in a floral print similar to one of Liberty of London’s iconic designs; my guess is that is is, in fact, a Liberty print. My guess was wrong, see info below.
UPDATE DEC 2 2015, DRESS INFO ONLY (Previous updates proven to be erroneous have been moved to a section after the post.)
Hello! magazine has discovered the origins of Charlotte’s dress: It turns out she was in another dress by a Spanish brand, in this case, M&H Tiendas (stores), a small company with several boutiques in Madrid, and one in Valencia, as well as Sevilla. The dress is from the winter dress collection.
The dress is handcrafted of fabric made in Spain, it is not a Liberty print as I thought. (A Tip of the Tiara to those commenting here and on Twitter/Facebook that they didn’t think it was a Liberty print.) The Hello! story has an interview with Margarita Pato Cid, the M&H founder and owner, she explains all pieces are made by hand in very small quantities.
The M&H dress worn by Charlotte has a ruffled neckline and capped sleeves, with hand smocking across the bodice. It is thought Nanny Maria Borrallo purchased it from the M&H boutique in Valladolid, Spain. Below we show the frock as styled by M&H, with a pink cardigan. That is *not* the cardigan you see Charlotte wearing, our hunt for that item continues; we will reach out once again to The White Company.
UPDATE: M&H says they have had multiple orders for the dress, that anyone interested in purchasing the piece should email them at email@example.com. Unfortunately this story in The Telegraph reports there was a very limited amount of fabric remaining; the quotes are from M&H founder and owner Margarita Pato Cid.
…to her obvious frustration, she is out of stock and her supplier has stopped making the fabric.
“I only have 10 metres of that cloth left,” she told the Telegraph. “I have had inquiries from as far afield as America, but the material will do for 22 dresses at most, and I can’t get any more because the factory that makes it in Valencia has moved on to material for summer 2016 and next winter.
“We are completely overwhelmed by the demand and I don’t know how we are going to meet it.”
The story notes she is continuing efforts to source the fabric from another supplier, but those efforts have not been successful.
“I am just a mother who started a little company, but now maybe we are going to open a sixth store in London!” she said. “A lot of people are saying we should open in London but rents are so high, I think it is a crazy idea.
“I would like to send something for Prince George though, a little suit with shorts.”
On Facebook Ms. Pato Cid noted it is an honor the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen Spanish fashion brands for George and Charlotte on several occasions. As far as dealing with the sudden media exposure, she shared that “It has been a great surprise for us and we feel really touched about it. We inspire our collections in classic English style and dressing the Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter is more than a great honor.”
Below, a few more styles from M&H. Even if the company has sold out of Charlotte’s dress I am sure there are other beautiful pieces available, or that will become available.
Pieces from this fall’s collection.
One final style, from this spring’s line.
UPDATED DEC 17
Charlotte’s pink cardigan remains a UFO, although we *may* be closer to finding out the company who made the sweater. People magazine has a story about a brand of knitwear Kate has been purchasing for some time, it is called Love in Kyò. While the company does not show a sweater identical to Charlotte’s they do offer cardigans in cashmere, wool and cotton. More importantly, the sleeve length is much closer to Charlotte’s. I have made an inquiry to the company about the sweater, hopefully we will hear back from them.
Charlotte is wearing a pair of tights by another brand we have seen Kate patronize previously, Amaia Kids. (Apologies for the itty-bitty photo, that is all we’ve been able to find so far.)
The tights are £11, here is more info from the product page:
Little legs will not only be kept warm but will also look pretty in theses lovely stretch ribbed knit tights. Elasticated waistband. Strengthened seams on the crotch. Flat seams on the heels and toes to avoid skin irritation.
Prince George has been seen wearing Amaia knee socks on several occasions, including his visit to the Lindo Wing to meet his new baby sister for the first time.
The pooch the Princess was playing with is from another UK-based company, Jellycat.
Say hello to the Fuddlewuddle Puppy, available in the US at Overstock ($30.99), on sale at Amazon ($22.50), also carried at UK-based John Lewis (£17) and at Smallables (£21.60) in the UK. Our thanks to Rachael Fey on the WKKW Facebook page and Emily Andrews of The Sun for figuring out this item, especially as Emily is in Africa, covering Prince Harry’s trip there.
We have emailed multiple companies to inquire if Charlotte is wearing their items in the photos. We will update the post as soon as we have new information.
We leave you with this side-by-side look at Princess Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George.
Our thanks to WKW & WKKW pal Mary Smith for posing a question about international purchases to M&H on their Facebook page, and also to WWKW Facebook friend Jean, she was on top of the Hello! exclusive early.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In an effort to make this piece easier to read I have moved the majority of the multiple updates that were previously posted to the section below. This covers the Trotters speculation with photos of Carole Middleton shopping there; the Daily Mail information about the frock being by Irulea; and my background on Irulea, the textiles used by the company, and previous styles of dressed similar to Charlotte’s.
HERE IS CONTENT AS IT ORIGINALLY APPEARED THROUGHOUT THE MULTIPLE UPDATES
A wonderful WKKW Facebook poster named Hannah reminded us about an E! story showing Carole Middleton shopping at Trotters, an establishment that is a Kate favorite. In a photo accompanying the article you can see a dress with a collar much like that worn by Charlotte. (Scroll to the second photo lower left.) We have reached out to Trotters and hope to hear back about the dress and/or cardigan. UPDATE: We have a comment that mentions something I completely overlooked: in the 3rd photo of the E! story Carole Middleton appears to be holding a pink cardigan. Many thanks to the helpful (but anonymous) commenter!
The other information in the Daily Mail story:
Charlotte’s dress is by Irulea, a company we know Kate likes. EVIDENTLY THIS IS NOT THE CASE. SEE TWEET BELOW. The brand certainly knows its way around small floral prints, often in a muted palette.
That’s just one example of a print similar in style to Charlotte’s. (Not the specific pattern, merely an example.) You’ll note the dress above also has a ruffled collar, somewhat like Charlotte’s.
We’ll also check with Irulea to see if they can share any info regarding the fabric or frock itself.
3RD UPDATE CONTINUED: Somehow all of us missed this tweet on the 29th.
So it’s back to the drawing board for the dress.
Outdated sweater info: With thanks to Betty Wales for alerting us to a Daily Mail story, there is new information about what Charlotte wore. The story says she is wearing this cardigan from the Little White Company. This very much looks like Charlotte’s cardigan with one exception: the sleeve length.
Charlotte’s sleeves are visibly shorter. I have made an inquiry to The White Company, hopefully we will hear back today. DEC 17: Despite multiple inquiries I never heard back from the White company. The sleeve length discrepancy rules this out as Charlotte’s sweater.
The cashmere sweater is $90 on the US site, and £55 on the UK site. Both sites are offering discounts: for 30% off on the US website use promo code 734US; on the UK site the discount is 20% with promo code AH770.