Kate Middleton Takes New 75th Birthday Photograph of Future Queen Camilla
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The Duchess of Cambridge has for many years taken photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, which are officially released on their birthdays and other special occasions. And now she's expanded her portfolio to include other royals as Camilla invited Kate to photograph a magazine cover shoot for her 75th birthday.
A picture of the Duchess of Cornwall taken by the Duchess of Cambridge is on the cover of this month's Country Life magazine. Camilla edited the magazine as guest editor to mark her 75th birthday and the publication's 125th anniversary. Taken in the garden of her private home in Wiltshire, Ray Mill, the cover photo shows the queen-wife-to-be smiling as she sits on a wooden bench and holds a basket of geraniums.
Photo credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
"We are delighted that our guest editor was captured so beautifully by royal photographer The Duchess of Cambridge," said Mark Hedges, editor-in-chief of Country Life, in a statement. "We understand that this is the first time the Duchess of Cornwall has captured a formal portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge for a magazine and we are honored to have been chosen to be the first to publish this beautiful photograph. The photos are superb and we are delighted to offer the Duchess of Cambridge another assignment!”
Kate snapped a series of pictures at Ray Mill. Another picture that will appear in the magazine shows Camilla walking through forget-me-nots. The Duchess of Cornwall turns 75 on July 17 and also celebrated the occasion with an interview and photoshoot for British Vogue.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a keen photographer in private and the interest has influenced her public work as well. She recently led the publication of the Hold Still photography project, which saw 100 images capturing "a portrait of the nation" during the COVID-19 pandemic being published in a book and exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The decision to photograph the Duchess of Cornwall in the garden of her private home underscores Camilla's love of the outdoors, presents an informal portrait and also serves as a reminder that she and Prince Charles both enjoy their independence. After the couple married in 2005, Camilla kept her own home at Ray Mill in South West England, where she still spends many weekends with her children and grandchildren.
This isn't the first time a member of the royal family has guest edited Country Life. Prince Charles did so to mark his 65th and 70th birthdays, and Princess Anne most recently stepped into the role of editor for her 70th birthday in 2020.
The special edition of the magazine will be published on July 13th.
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