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Mario Testino: Di Favourite to Shoot Princess Charlotte

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Princess Diana by Mario Testino

Au naturel: Princess Diana photographed in Kensington Palace with her eyes on the future after her split from Prince Charles

Mario Testino has got the gig to photograph Princess Charlotte’s christening ceremony and he’s delighted. Which snapper wouldn’t be. But the Peruvian’s association with royalty goes way back to when late Diana, Princess of Wales chose him to shoot some of her most revealing portraits inside Kensington Palace. The most memorable one being the Vanity Fair cover after her divorce in July 1997. The sultry pose in a white and silver off-the-shoulder dress portrayed the Princess as a confident and independent woman ready to face the world on her own terms.

Happy Di: Princess Diana was shot for the Vanity Fair cover in glamorous gowns with a big smile on her face

It was Testino who again got the call when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010. A Kensington Palace spokesman said of the new commission: “The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public.”

Testino whose tentacles stretches to the world of high octane fashion and commercial advertising photography working with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Giselle Bundchen, somehow still feels elated to be called upon. “I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much,” he said.

Testino, 60, who also lives in Kensington captured William’s 21st birthday in 2003 and photographed Prince Harry’s 20th birthday in 2004 revealing an off-guard moment where the brothers shared a joke with their father. The Prince of Wales was also photographed by Testino to mark his first wedding anniversary to the Duchess of Cornwall.

He will take the official photographs of the christening party on 5 July 2015, after Princess Charlotte’s baptism at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

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