Prince William Kate Middleton Engagement Photos
What a pair! British royal Prince William and his Lady-in-Waiting Kate Middleton have unveiled their official engagement portraits.
The college sweethearts pose in two snapshots, taken by renowed photographer Mario Testino in the Council Chamber of the State Apartment at St James’s Palace in London on Nov. 25.
“William is a very photogenic person … self-confident, relaxed, impressive – and so much like his mother,” the Peruvian-born photographer said recently. “I think it comes from a sense of security.”
Testino has captured many of the world’s best known celebs for magazine covers, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as doing commercial work for design houses like Gucci and Tom Ford. The much-lauded Testino, who is best known for snapping supermodels in Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein campaigns, is also noted for taking some of the most iconic snapshots of William’s late mom, Princess Diana. Testino shot Princess Diana for Vanity Fair in 1997 as well as for images that were shown in her Kensington Palace from 1981 until her death 16 years later.
It’s also fun to notice that Will and Kate really do look a lot more “in love” for their public portrait than the stiff UK betrothed of yesteryear. While there’s no doubting the love was probably very alive for the likes of Wills’ parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson’s engagement pose shows “little affection.” The same can be said for the stiff pre-wedding portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
Will and Kate will wed at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011.