The Duchess of Cambridge made history this week by receiving a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society.
The 34 year-old has been praised for her photographic prowess, releasing a series of snaps over the years, including stunning shots from her tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific, from landscapes of Malaysian rainforests to Borneo’s Mount Kinabalu.
Kate Middleton’s most iconic shots, however, are of course of her two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, third and fourth in line to the throne.
Kate’s most notable pictures have marked the milestones in her children’s lives, from Princess Charlotte’s first birthday to Prince George’s first day at nursery, and in 2015 she became the first member of the royal family to take the official photographs of a royal baby, choosing to forgo professional portraits to photograph her daughter herself.
And, that wasn’t the first time the Duchess bucked royal tradition in terms of photography, with Kate and Wills choosing to release a personal snap of their family with their black cocker spaniel, Lupo, as Prince George’s first official photograph. The photo was taken by Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, in the garden of their family home in Berkshire. That was definitely one for the royal family photo album.
Kate’s photography has undoubtedly helped to change the public perception of the royal family with her insight allowing her to capture relaxed and candid snaps of royal life, moving away from the formal staged shots that we were previously accustomed to, and showing us a relatable side to the royals that we rarely get to see.
‘The Duchess of Cambridge has had a long-standing interest in photography and its history’, explained Dr Michael Pritchard, chief executive of the Royal Photographic Society. He continued: ‘She is the latest in a long line of royal photographers and the society is pleased to recognise her talent and enthusiasm through honorary membership.’
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