The Princess of Wales Honored for Iconic Photographic Talent
The Princess of Wales has been awarded for her photographic talent for an image that is already iconic from the reign of Charles III. Prince William’s wife portrayed Queen Camilla for the cover of a special edition of Country Life magazine that was taken in 2022 in the gardens of Ray Mill House, her private residence in Wiltshire, where she likes to escape to disconnect from the royal world and be with your family and friends.
It is not the first time that Kate Middleton has portrayed members of the British Royal Family. It is common for her to immortalize her three children on her birthday where she shows the closest and most spontaneous image of princes George, Charlotte and Louis.
Award-Winning Cover Image
The British publication has been “delighted” to announce that the cover featuring Camilla, who was Duchess of Cornwall at the time, has been the winner of the Awards PPA, the ‘Oscars’ of the sector, and has extended the congratulations to the Princess of Wales.
The making of this country report was captured by Shona Williams and was carried out on the occasion of the 75th birthday of the now Queen and the 125th anniversary of the magazine. This was the first time that Kate had done a formal portrait and the editors were more than pleased with the work: “The photographs are magnificent and we would be delighted to offer the Duchess of Cambridge (now Princess of Wales) another commission,” she said. Mark Hedges, editor-in-chief of Country Life.
Kate Middleton’s Passion for Photography
In her facet as a portrait artist, Kate has won us over by photographing her three children. We have seen them grow under the gaze that her mother has offered us: from when they were almost babies to the children they have become and showing the most homely and familiar part of her.
She has also shown us images of her husband, Prince Philip with his great-grandson, Prince George, and an endearing posthumous image of Elizabeth II with two of her grandchildren and almost all of her great-grandchildren taken shortly before her death.
This enthusiasm for photography seems to have come to Kate from her paternal grandfather, Peter Middleton, who aroused her interest in capturing moments. She is also very interested in visual arts and design. All this led her to study Art History at the University of St. Andrews, where she met her husband. She is a patron of several arts organizations including the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A, and the Royal Photographic Society.
In January 2020, she participated in a special photography project to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and contributed two powerful photographic portraits of survivors and their families.
Connecting Through Photography
During the Covid-19 pandemic, in May 2020, the Princess of Wales created Hold Still, a photography project launched in association with the National Portrait Gallery, which invited the public to share photos they had taken during lockdown, providing a unique experience to unite the country in these difficult times.