Prince William and his wife Catherine on Tuesday released the first official photographs of their baby son George — and in a break with tradition they were taken by her father Michael Middleton.
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The couple poses with Prince George in early August at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Kensington Palace/AFP, Michael Middleton)
Little Prince George
LONDON, AFP — Prince William and his wife Catherine on Tuesday released the first official photographs of their baby son George — and in a break with tradition they were taken by her father Michael Middleton.
The intimate photographs were shot earlier this month in the garden of the Middletons' family home in rural Bucklebury, west of London, and show the newborn prince lying peacefully in his mother's arms.
George, the third in line to the throne, is wrapped in a white blanket and is apparently asleep despite the bright sunshine.
William, 31, stands to the left of his wife in both of the photographs, with an arm around her shoulders, and they are both smiling broadly.
Kate is wearing a long maroon dress and has her hair in waves over her shoulders, while William is in his familiar 'off-duty' clothes — jeans and a pale blue shirt with the top buttons undone.
In one of the shots, the couple's black cocker spaniel, Lupo, joins them while Tilly, a golden retriever belonging to the Middleton family, can be seen lying behind them.
The fact that Kate's father, and George's grandfather, took the photographs is a radical departure for the royals, who have traditionally relied on professionals for the first official shots of new additions to the family.
Interview video from CNN YouTube channel
Official transcript (Published by CNN)
CNN) — PRINCE WILLIAM:
Uh, I think more shock and dauntingness was the feeling I felt (laughing), but it was, the thing is it's um, I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him. As any new parent knows, you're only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything.
CNN'S MAX FOSTER:
You were comfortable there?
Yeah, I felt, again it's, it's not somewhere I enjoy being, I know that the position I'm in that's what's required of me to do. And I think it's, you know, it's one of those things, I'm, you know, it's nice that people want to see George, so, you know -- I'm just glad he wasn't screaming his head off the whole way through (laughing).
That moment when you came out with the car seat. I mean, we had some warning that you might be doing that. Um, fathers around the planet will be cursing you for doing it so easily.
(laughing) Believe me, it wasn't my first time. And I know there's been speculation about that. I had to practice, I really did. I was terrified that I was going to do some, you know, it was going to fall off or the door wasn't going to close properly. So, I had actually practiced with that seat, but only once before.
And your decision to drive off, I remember that moment as well. That was the most nerve-wracking thing for me, having my family in the car. But that was something that you were clearly determined to do.
Well, it's, I, where I can be I am as independent as, as I want to be. And same as Catherine and Harry. We've all grown up, um, differently to other generations. And I very much feel if I can do it myself I want to do it myself. And there are times when you can't do it yourself and the system takes over or it's appropriate to do things differently. But, I think driving your son and your wife away from, from hospital was really important to me. And I don't like fuss so it's much easier to just do it yourself.
And you didn't stall.
I didn't stall, well it's an automatic so it's alright
The interpretation of the imagery we saw there, which went around the world was that this was a modern monarchy and a new way of monarchy, but was it that? We reading too much into it? Is it just you doing it your way? You and your wife doing it your own way?
I think so, and I'm just doing it the way I know this, you know, if it's the right way then brilliant, if it's not, if it's the wrong way then I'll try to do it better , but...no I just, I'm quite...I'm reasonably headstrong about what I believe in, and what I go for, and I've got fantastic people around me who give me great support and advice.
Well, yeah -- he's a little bit of a rascal, put it that way. So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I'm not sure. But, um he's uh, he's uh, he's doing very well at the moment. He's, he does like to keep having his nappy changed, and--
Did you do the first nappy?
I did the first nappy, yeah. Exactly.
A badge of honor.
A badge of honor, exactly. I wasn't allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me, going "You do it. You do it". // But, uh, no, he's, he's a little, he's growing quite quickly actually. But he's a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot. And he doesn't want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem. But he's-
So you're up a at night, you're pretty tired.
A little bit. Not as much as Catherine. But, um, you know, she's doing a fantastic job.
How is she? Okay?
Yes, very well, yeah.
For me, Catherine, and now little George are my priorities. And Lupo. Um, and so-
I was going to ask you about Lupo. How's Lupo coping?
He's coping all right, actually. As a lot of people know who have got dogs and bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but, no he's been all right so far. He's been slobbering sort of around the house a bit, so he's perfectly happy.
And how are you about going back to work?
Well, as a few fathers might know, I'm actually quite looking forward to going back to work (laughs).
Get some sleep.
Get some sleep. Exactly, yeah. So I'm just hoping the first few shifts I go back I don't have any night jobs --
You talked about your father possibly whispering quietly in your ear as he --
— as a young boy. Are you going to do the same for Prince George because it's such, it's a cause that you care so deeply about. Would you like him to pick up on it?
Probably. At this rate I'll probably whisper sweet nothings in his ear. I'll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room. We'll cover it in sort of, you know, lots of bushes and things like that. Make him grow up as if he's in the bush.
At the moment, the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not have to change his nappy quite so many times.
I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.
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adapt: to change to suit different conditions or uses - ปรับตัว
apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
badge of honour: a medal or symbol given for something done well, a brave action, etc. -
brilliant: very skilful, impressive, or successful - ยอดเยี่ยม
broadly: widely - อย่างกว้างขวาง
bush: a plant that is smaller than a tree and has a lot of thin branches growing close together - พุ่มไม้
bush: an area of land with lots of bushes and trees which has never been farmed -
cause: movement; an aim, idea, or organisation that you support or work for - วัตถุประสงค์ อุดมการณ์
cope: to deal successfully with a difficult situation - รับมือกับ
curse: to say magic words which are intended to bring bad luck to someone - สาปแช่ง
daunting: making somebody feel nervous and less confident about doing something - ทำให้กลัว, ทำให้เกรงขาม, ทำให้กังวลใจ
departure: an action that is different from what is usual or expected - การแตกต่างจากปกติ หรือที่คาดไว้
determined: having made a firm decision to do something and to not let anyone prevent you - แน่นอน,ซึ่งตัดสินใจแล้ว
emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์
fantastic: extremely good - เยี่ยมยอด, วิเศษ
fuss: unnecessary excitement, worry or activity - ความอึกทึก, ความเอะอะ
generation: a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time - รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)
headstrong: determined to do things their own way and refusing to listen to advice ซึ่งดึงดัน,ซึ่งรั้น, หัวรั้น - ซึ่งดึงดัน,ซึ่งรั้น, หัวรั้น
high: the feeling of extreme pleasure and excitement that somebody gets from doing something enjoyable or being successful at something -
imagery: pictures in the mind - ภาพในความนึกคิด; จินตภาพ
independent: not taking help or money from other people - พึ่งตนเอง
interpretation: an explanation of the meaning or importance of something - การตีความ
intimate: very close, friendly and personal - คุ้นเคย, ใกล้ชิด, สนิทสนม
legacy: something that someone has achieved that continues to exists after they stop working or die - สิ่งที่สืบทอด
maroon: dark brownish-red in colour - สีแดงม่วงเข้มอมน้ำตาล
midwife: a nurse whose job is to look after women when they are giving birth to a baby - นางพยาบาลผดุงครรภ์
monarchy: a type of government in which a country is ruled by a king or queen - การปกครองที่มีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
nappy: a piece of soft cloth or other thick material that is folded around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and hold its body waste - ผ้าอ้อม
nerve-wracking: nerve-racking; making you feel very nervous and worried - ซึ่งลำบากหรือหวาดกลัวอย่างที่สุด, น่าเขย่าขวัญ
off-duty: not at work - ไม่ได้ปฏิบัติงาน, ม่อยู่ในหน้าที่
pale: light and not bright in colour - อ่อน, ซีด
pose: to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed - วางท่าถ่ายรูป
position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
priority: something important that needs to be done first or needs more attention than anything else - สิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดเป็นอันดับแรก
proclaim: to publicly and officially tell people about something important - ประกาศอย่างเป็นทางการ, ป่าวประกาศ
professional: done by a person who does a job that needs special training and a high level of education - ที่มีความเชี่ยวชาญ
radical: new and very different from what is typical or expected -
rascal: a person, especially a child or man, who shows a lack of respect for other people and enjoys playing tricks on them - คนพาล, คนโกง
release: to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use - เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
rely on: to depend on or trust - พึ่งพา เชื่อถือ ไว้ใจ
remind: to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten - เตือนความจำ
rural: connected with the countryside outside big towns and cities - ในชนบท, บ้านนอก
scream: to cry or say something loudly and usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement or anger - กรีดร้อง
shift: a period of work time in a factory, hospital or other place where some people work during the day and some work at night - เวร, กะ หรือระยะเวลาทำงานเป็นช่วงๆ,
shock: a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling - ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
shoulder: one of the two parts of your body between your neck and the top of your arms - ไหล่
slobber: to let saliva come out of your mouth - ทำน้ำลายไหล
speculation: ideas or discussion about what might happen or has happened or why something has happened without having complete information - การคาดการณ์
stall: to stop suddenly because of a lack of power or speed; to make a vehicle or engine do this - ทำให้เครื่องยนต์หยุดกลางคัน
stare: to look at someone or something very directly for a long time - จ้องมอง
terrified: very frightened - ตกใจ, ใจหาย, ขวัญหนี
the planet: this planet, i.e., the Earth - โลก, โลกใบนี้
third in line to the throne: a person who has the right to become the king or queen of a country after two other people, in this case, after Prince Charles and Prince William -
tradition: a very old custom, belief, or story - ประเพณี, ขนบธรรมเนียม
waves: if a person's hair has a wave or waves, it is not straight but curls slightly - ลอน
whisper: to speak very quietly to somebody so that other people cannot hear what you are saying - กระซิบ
wriggle: to twist and turn your body or part of it with quick short movements - บิดตัว, กระดิก, ดิ้น
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