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Royal photographer hates portraits Kate Middleton takes of her family

Ali Condon

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Royal photographer hates portraits Kate Middleton takes of her family

Featured Image Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo/Kate, Princess of Wales

Like most mums, the Princess of Wales loves nothing more than taking photos of her children to capture precious memories and share them with the world.

In her free time, Kate Middleton has been known for her love of photography and regularly shares sweet portraits she has taken of her family to mark special occasions.

But, while followers of the royal family adore the snaps Kate takes of her children, a royal photographer has complained that it's putting others out of a job.

Kate took the first official portrait of her daughter Charlotte. Credit: Kate, Princess of Wales.
Kate took the first official portrait of her daughter Charlotte. Credit: Kate, Princess of Wales.

When she welcomed her second child, Princess Charlotte, back in 2015, it was Kate who took the first official photographs of her baby girl, posing her eldest son Prince George to cradle his little sister in his arms.

And in 2020, the Princess of Wales took a fabulous portrait of her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis playing in the garden with their father Prince William.

The photo published that year to mark William's 38th birthday and Father's Day.

Despite her obvious eye for photography, professional royal photographer John Swannell has complained that the Princess of Wales' passion is doing more harm than good.

"All the work I got with the royals really elevated my career; nowadays, someone like me just won't have the chance", he complained, the MailOnline reports.

"Those chances should be given to young English photographers."

However, Swannell did admit there were some benefits to Kate's hobby, noting that the Princess can photograph her children when they're at their most comfortable - something that a professional might have more trouble with.

"In some ways, though, Kate is probably right to do it herself," he said.

"She's not a great photographer, but she just snaps away, and with kids it's easier if you know them."

But, in reality, Kate's photography skills span much further than her own children.

To mark Camilla, the Queen Consort's 75th birthday, Kate took a stunning portrait of her for the cover of Country Life magazine.

In a statement for the special edition of the magazine, Editor in Chief Mark Hedges commented: "We understand this is the first time a formal portrait of The Duchess of Cornwall has been taken by The Duchess of Cambridge for a magazine and we are honoured to have been chosen to be the first to publish this beautiful photograph.

"The photographs are superb and we would be delighted to offer The Duchess of Cambridge another commission!"

In 2021, Kate published a photography book, inspired by her Hold Still campaign in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

The campaign aimed to encourage Brits to document their personal experiences of the course of the covid pandemic, to capture the spirit and resilience of the nation.

It sounds like Kate might be just as qualified as a royal photographer, if you ask us!

Topics: Celebrity, Kate Middleton, Royal Family

Ali Condon
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