The story behind The Royal Engagement portrait

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Royal photographer Mario Testino has revealed that the royal engagement portrait, circulated the world over, wasn’t strategically staged or set up, but was a moment of “spontaneous emotion.”

The portrait shows Prince William and Kate Middleton locked in an embrace, bright eyed and smiling. Testino revealed: “I waited a long time, an hour or two, to make that picture perfect. But I wasn’t totally satisfied. Then, when I’d finished the shoot, they were about to leave and they suddenly hugged in front of a radiator. I took my camera and that was the picture that ran everywhere – it was spontaneous emotion… you could see they were completely in love.”

Testino, who first met Kate in 2008, is clearly as taken with The Duchess of Cambridge as the rest of us, as he explained that she doesn’t remind him of Princess Diana, despite having photographed her on many occasions too.

“Kate, she is beautiful in a different way: she radiates happiness,” he told The Telegraph. “She is comfortable in her love.”


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