Princess Charlotte photos released

Britain’s Princess Charlotte is held by her brother, 2-year-old Prince George.

LONDON — Britain’s royal family has released the first official photos of month-old Princess Charlotte, photographed by her mother in the arms of elder brother Prince George.

Kensington Palace issued four images Saturday, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in mid-May at Anmer Hall, the family’s home in eastern England.

They show Charlotte propped on a pillow, cradled by George, who turns 2 in July. Charlotte wears a white sweater, the prince a white top trimmed in blue.

Britain’s royals have been photographed by some of the world’s leading photographers. But Prince William and Kate are continuing a more informal tradition begun two years ago with the first official portrait of Prince George, taken by his grandfather Michael Middleton.

Princess Charlotte will be christened in a private ceremony next month, officials said.

The ceremony is set for July 5 at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Queen Elizabeth II’s sprawling Sandringham estate in Norfolk, on England’s eastern coast.

Charlotte’s late grandmother, Princess Diana, was christened at the same church. Diana’s family was closely tied to the royal family and she was born on the Sandringham estate in 1961.

The queen, her husband Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla are expected join Kate’s family at the ceremony, along with the baby’s godparents, who have not yet been announced.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will conduct the ceremony.

William and Kate left London and traveled north shortly after the birth to their mansion in Sandringham, where they are expected to be based for the next few years.