Two official photographs to mark Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton have been released.
The portraits, one formal and the other more casual, were taken by Mario Testino, the celebrated fashion and celebrity photographer, who created some of the the most enduring images of Diana, Princess of Wales.
In the pictures William and Kate, both 28, look very much in love holding each other in the setting of St James’ Palace, which was built by Henry VIII in the 16th century.
Testino has described how he found the couple “brimming with happiness” during the photoshoot.
He said: “I am very happy to have been asked to cover this historic moment that the whole world was waiting for. They are in their prime and brimming with happiness. I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together.”
In the formal image the couple are standing close together with Kate resting her left arm on her fiance’s and both are smiling towards the camera.
The prince’s fiancee is wearing a stunning white Reiss dress, Links earrings and her engagement ring that once belonged to William’s mother Diana. The prince is dressed in a smart outfit by Turnbull and Asser – dark suit, blue tie and a white shirt.
They are standing in the Palace’s Council Chamber with its plush red carpet, green coloured furnishings and walls hung with paintings of some of William’s ancestors.
Three portraits can be seen – William III and Mary II both by Sir Godfrey Kneller and Karl William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, by Johann Georg Ziesensis.
The Council Chamber was originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1703 as part of his re-design of the Palace’s state apartments for Queen Anne.