Kate's Top Shots
The Duchess of Cambridge is renowned for her photography. As her Hold Still intiative is set to go live on September 14, we've looked at the top 12 photos taken by our future Queen.
AUGUST 30th, 2020
very birthday, Christmas and family milestone, Royal watchers wait with bated breath to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s latest photographs. Whether it be her children; George, Charlotte and Louis, or the striking images of Holocaust survivors, Catherine has a talent which is growing from strength to strength. With the announcement that her Hold Still Initiative alongside the National Portrait Gallery is set to be released on September 14, we’ve looked at the 12 best photos taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, and with so many amazing images to choose from, it wasn’t easy.
12. The Duchess in Borneo
Long before the arrival of her children, the Duchess of Cambridge’s photography skills were on full display. The earliest the public got to see Catherine’s impressive talents behind the camera, was when Kensington Palace released a series of images from the royal couple’s trip to the Research Station at Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia.
Taken during William and Catherine’s Diamond Jubilee tour to South East Asia and the South Pacific in September, 2012, the delightful and dramatic images demonstrated an early look at the Duchess’ photography prowess.
Professional photographers were beyond captivated, describing the images as, “epic” and “fantastic”, with royal photography Arthur Edwards saying the Duchess has “a promising talent and a keen eye for what looks good in a composition.”
11. Christmas With The Cambridge's
Christmas is a time for family, and it was no different for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This sweet image captured the Nation’s heart, with William, as doting dad, to his three adorable children. The Duke is seen gently placing a kiss on his youngest son’s cheek with Charlotte holding onto Louis’ shoulders and Prince George sitting in a chair.
The Cambridge’s had just been swimming, and the image was an off-the-cuff snap which looked like any other family photograph. It showed that William and Catherine have discovered the perfect balance between formality and personability – fulfilling their royal duties whilst simply being a loving family.
10. School's in Session
Heading to school is a right of passage for every child, even when you’re a royal. So, when the photos emerged of Princess Charlotte attending Thomas’s Battersea for the first time, naturally it was the Duchess of Cambridge who captured the two siblings better than anyone.
Smiling on the steps of Kensington Palace, George and Charlotte looked charming in their school uniforms, with the simple image garnering over 2 million likes on social media.
9. George Turns 7
According to his parents, Prince George is an adventurous little boy, and his seventh birthday photographs proved it to be true. Wearing a camouflage t-shirt, the “action” prince, with his blonde windswept hair, was seen smiling happily at the camera.
The Cambridge’s only released two images as part of the set, with the second showing George standing in front of a wooden door. Like most of Catherine’s images of her children; they were personal, sweet, and natural; expertly illustrating the future king’s personality.
8.Charlotte's Birthday Flower
Another birthday, another look at Princess Charlotte! This time the images were released in honour of her fourth birthday and have been noted as some of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourites, specifically one photo showing the little princess smelling a bluebell.
Catherine revealed the detail on a podcast interview Happy Mum, Happy Baby, saying: “I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that that mean so much to me as a parent, and I try every day to put moments like that in, even is they’re small or even if I don’t have time… but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do.”
7. Little Louis Turns 1
It was the first-time royal fans managed a closer look at the youngest Cambridge, and it was fair to say, little Louis captured the Nation’s hearts. Mouth wide-open with a mischievous grin, the Duchess’ photographs perfectly captured the young prince’s personality and character.
For fans, the images also provided a look at the physical change in Louis and were astounded at how quickly he had grown, as well as who he resembled most.
The bright lighting and spring-like feel to the photographs beautifully highlight Prince Louis’ sunny disposition.
6. Charlotte's Birthday Parcels
They were the photographs which led to our article on why Princess Charlotte is the next royal superstar, and you can quickly see why. Captured delivering food parcels to locals close to the Queen’s Estate at Sandringham, Princess Charlotte proved she was more than a hands-on princess.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s images were poignant, timely, personal, and inspiring; allowing her daughter to showcase the charitable skills she has learnt from her parents. One photograph, in where Charlotte is sitting smiling into the camera, was so reminiscent of her father, Prince William, that it remains one of our favourites.
5. Louis' NHS Tribute
They were the photographs which charmed the world – a 2-year-old Prince Louis, hands outstretched, covered in paint. Celebrating the Prince’s second birthday, the images also highlighted the ‘Clap For Our NHS’ campaign, which saw the British public applaud the brave nurses and doctors fighting the global pandemic.
The selection of photos further demonstrated the sweet and hilarious character of Prince Louis, and the Instagram – before an after, shot went down a storm, especially with parents.
The Duchess discussed the photo on ITV’s This Morning program to launch her Hold Still initiative earlier this year. “I wish I would have photographed myself. I was covered in as much paint as Louis,” she said.
4. Two Christmas Kings
It was the photo which showed how far the two future kings had come. Prince William, arm wrapped around his father’s shoulders, Charles’ head gentle nestled into his towering son; the image was a warm and moving portrait of father and son.
The image came after the growing storm over the impending release of the Finding Freedom book on Harry and Meghan, and yet it showed that the Prince of Wales and his eldest son couldn’t be closer.
The Duchess captured the photograph, with many royal fans claiming the poignant image was one of their favourites ever taken of the pair.
3. A New Princess
Welcoming home any new sibling is an exciting event. For prince George it happened with a kiss for his new little sister, Charlotte. The adorable snap showing George cradling his new sibling in his arms warmed even the iciest of hearts.
The snaps were the some of the first to ever been released by the Duchess of her children, taken by herself. They set a precedent which has been followed ever since.
2. The Cambridge's Carefree and Chaos
The most recent photos of all three Cambridge children came, once again, with their loving father, Prince William to make both Father’s Day and the Duke’s birthday. The delightful images showed William, Louis, Charlotte, and George sitting (or standing) on the garden swing – a present given to them by Prince Charles.
Carefree and chaotic, the photos perfectly captured William’s playful side as a parent, as well as the love and affection between the family.
1. Kate Honours Holocaust Survivors
Whilst the images of her children had consistently showed her skill as a photographer, it was the Duchess of Cambridge’s photographs of Holocaust survivors which demonstrated her creative prowess.
Taken to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. The selection of portraits featured two survivors of the concentration camps, who were joined by their grandchildren. Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank were photographed by Catherine and were grateful for the privileged of being part of the project. Both praised the Duchess’ kind manner and how comfortable she made the whole sitting.
“She was wonderful, she was kind and really made you feel at ease. She listened intently to what we had to say, and I’m grateful that the images have come out as beautiful as they have. She has a real talent,” said Yvonne.
On photographing Yvonne and Steven, the Duchess said: “The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts.
“Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet.
“Their stories will stay with me forever.”
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