The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been awarded a lifetime membership to the Royal Photographic Society due to her impressive camera skills.
We’ve all seen and loved the portrait pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte but now, Kate’s handiwork has finally been formally recognised after the prestigious society handed her an honorary lifetime membership in recognition of her ‘talent and enthusiasm’.
Dr Michael Pritchard, chief executive of the RPS, said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has had a long-standing interest in photography and its history.
“She is latest in a long line of royal photographers and the society is pleased to recognise her talent and enthusiasm through honorary membership.
“We look forward to a continuing relationship with her.”
The society, which exists to promote photography and image making and helps to support photographers in realising their potential, was founded in January 1853.
It holds workshops and exhibitions and has links to the Royal Family, as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were early patrons.
In 2015 a photograph was released of Charlotte being cradled by her older brother Prince George at Anmer Hall, the family's Norfolk home. Kensington Palace later released two more pictures of Princess Charlotte, which were also taken by her mother, to thank the public for its support and interest since she was born.
The pictures were not intended for the public but the Duchess was so pleased with them that she decided to release them.
Other pictures released included Prince George’s first day at nursery school and Charlotte’s first birthday.
The Duchess joins fellow lifetime members of the society Annie Leibovitz, who has photographed the Queen, along with war photographer Sir Don McCullin.