The network matters—even for the royals. As is the case is with most industry professionals, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski received a high-profile referral following the couple’s Windsor wedding in May.
His latest subjects are none other than Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camila Parker Bowles, who are featured in the latest issue of Vanity Fair’s UK edition. “What an amazing honor to be able to photograph HRH Prince Charles and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for @vanityfair and @vfldn,” Lubomirski announced Thursday.
In his now well-known style, Lubomirski captured the couple in a natural setting with both strolling through a scenic field. Another loved up portrait of the pair was taken in the comfort of Clarence House, their official London residence.
“As soon as they looked at each other, there was a sparkle in their eyes—that’s when the magic happened,” Lubomirski told Vanity Fair in its cover story. “You feel like they are a young couple in love.”
The piece was timed to Prince Charles’s 70th birthday, which was celebrated this summer in the form of a Buckingham Palace garden party. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared for the occasion, with the Duke of Sussex even comically battling a bee while delivering a speech in honor of his father.
The royals reporter for Vanity Fair also went into some detail about Charles’s presence in Harry and Meghan’s wedding day. “He seemed like the settling hand on the whole day—he carried the thing together, while she seemed like she had been doing this forever,” someone who attended the nuptials said in the piece.
This wasn’t Lubomirski’s first time capturing Prince Charles and Camila though. Of course, the two were also featured in Harry and Meghan’s family portrait with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the junior bridesmaids and page boys (including Prince George and Princess Charlotte).
At the time the portraits were revealed, Lubomirski said his goal was to breathe and infuse life into the images with the photographer telling Reuters he wanted them to be “authentic, more loose, a little bit more relatable and real.”
“One word that I really kept throwing around in my head was ‘familial,’” he said. “Because when we did the engagement pictures and you got the sense that they were together, that black and white picture when they were really embracing and hugging, and you felt that love.”
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