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Snappy Happy Royals—Kate’s Candid Eye

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are seen in this undated handout photo taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk and released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on June 6, 2015 | Duchess of Cambridge
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are seen in this undated handout photo taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk and released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on June 6, 2015 | Duchess of Cambridge

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are seen in this undated handout photo taken by the Duchess in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk and released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on June 6, 2015 | Duchess of Cambridge

The history of members of the royal family going behind the camera is surprisingly a long and established one that dates back to Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) who married Princess Margaret and set up successful portrait studios in Kensington. Kate Middleton’s foray into photography is perhaps the strongest hint that a jobbing career might lie ahead in future if she continues to hone her skills mastering her bokehs and f-stops. Never mind the ambitions of royal photographers that now lie in tatters in the wake of her growing portfolio.

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A portrait of Princess Charlotte as she marks her first birthday captured by her mother | Duchess of Cambridge

The honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society is a recognition of her burgeoning talent that has seen her document family life and the development of her two children; Prince George and Princess Charlotte as well as her travels in Asia. With her unparalleled access she might yet capture the most candid images of life behind-the-scenes in the House of Windsor in years to come. She has also taken keen interest in the National Portait Gallery, the country’s most renowned showcase and archive for portraiture.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London

Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London

Prince Harry too has dabbled chronicling a Christmas spent frolicking in front and behind the lens in Africa as he toured Leshoto for his Sentebale charity in 2015. But could it be the relentless scrutiny of the paparazzi that drives royals to seek sanctuary behind the lens and give an unvarnished and wholesome account of their lives?

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