The Duchess of Cambridge has for many years taken photographs of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for official release on their birthdays and other special occasions. And now she’s extended her portfolio to other members of the royal family, with Camilla inviting Kate to photograph a magazine cover for her 75th birthday.
An image of the Duchess of Cornwall taken by the Duchess of Cambridge is on this month’s cover country life magazine. Camilla was the guest editor of the magazine to mark its 75th anniversary and the publication’s 125th anniversary. Taken in the garden of her private Wiltshire home, Ray Mill, the cover photo shows the smiling future queen consort sitting on a wooden bench holding a basket of pelargoniums.
“We are delighted that our guest editor is captured so beautifully by royal photographer the Duchess of Cambridge,” editor of country life, Mark Hedges, said in a statement. “We understand this is the first time an official portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been taken by the Duchess of Cambridge for a magazine and we are honored to have been chosen to be the first to publish this beautiful photograph. photographs are superb and we would be delighted to offer another commission to the Duchess of Cambridge!
Kate took a series of images at Ray Mill. Another photo, which will appear inside the magazine, shows Camilla strolling through forget-me-nots. The Duchess of Cornwall turns 75 on July 17 and also marked the occasion by giving an interview and photo op to British vogue.
The Duchess of Cambridge is an avid photographer in private, and this interest has also influenced her public work. She recently chaired the publication of the photography project Hold on, which saw 100 images capturing “a portrait of the nation” during the COVID-19 pandemic published in a National Portrait Gallery book and exhibition. The decision to photograph the Duchess of Cornwall in the garden of her private home highlights Camilla’s love of the outdoors, presents an informal portrait and also serves as a reminder that both she and Prince Charles value their independence. After the couple married in 2005, Camilla kept her own Ray Mill home in the South West of England where she still spends many weekends with her children and grandchildren.
It is not the first time that a member of the royal family has been asked to edit country life. Prince Charles did it to mark his 65th and 70th birthdays and Princess Anne recently stepped into the role of editor for her 70th birthday in 2020.
The special edition of the magazine will be published on July 13.
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