Royals release official engagement photos ahead of royal wedding

By December 21, 2017News

Prince Harry and his fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, have released a series of intimate official portraits to mark their engagement.

The photographs were taken by fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski earlier this week on the grounds of Frogmore House, a royal-owned country house in Windsor.

Lubomirski’s work has appeared in high-fashion magazines such as Vogue and he has photographed stars including Julia Roberts, Beyoncé and Nicole Kidman.

He is also a former assistant to Mario Testino, who was the favorite photographer of the late Princess Diana, Harry’s mother, and the photographer behind many shots of William and Harry with their mother.

Testino photographed William and Kate for their engagement photos in 2010.

“I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together,” Lubomirski said.

Tweets sent from the official Kensington Palace Twitter account thanked the public for their “wonderful comments” following the release of the photos, adding the couple was “so grateful for the warm and generous messages”.

An extra, candid picture was release by the palace “as a way to say thank you”.

The couple, who announced their engagement last month, will be married next year on Saturday, May 19, in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Prince, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Ms Markle, who starred in US TV legal drama Suits, have chosen to marry in Windsor, west of London, because it is “a special place for them”.

Windsor Castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences and the 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Prince Harry’s older brother Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011.

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