14 Times Kate Middleton Was Low-Key a Professional Photographer

Since becoming royal in 2011, Kate Middleton has evolved into a fashion icon, charitable advocate and all-around badass. But did you know that once upon a time the Princess of Wales was a photography student at University of St. Andrews (where she met Prince William)?

Now, Princess Catherine melds her natural talent with her royal status and moonlights as the go-to portrait photographer to her family. This includes documenting milestone events, like when she celebrated Prince Louis’s fourth birthday with an (un)official photoshoot. Here, 14 of her greatest snaps.

1. When She Made Royal History

In 2015, Princess Catherine became the first member of the royal family to take a mini (future) monarch’s official portrait with this pic of almost 2-year-old George cradling his newborn sister, Charlotte.

2. And Gave Charlotte (And Her Teddy) A Good Giggle

The duchess knocked it out of the park palace when she snapped this candid of 6-month-old baby Char.

3. When She Captured George’s First ‘Mom, You’re Embarrassing Me’ Moment

George wasn’t exactly pleased when his mom snapped this first-day-of-nursery-school photo. We feel your pain, dude.

4. And Coaxed Out Charlotte’s Best Blue Steel

Little Char brought her Zoolander A-game to her first birthday photoshoot and slayed.

5. When She Celebrated Charlotte’s 2nd Birthday

The Princess of Wales captured Charlotte’s Gan-Gan Queen Elizabeth look-alike vibes on her second birthday.

6. And Made Her First Day Of School Look Like A Breeze

With Princess Catherine’s artistic direction, the young royal looked more than ready to rule nursery school.

7. When She Snapped A Pic Of Prince Louis Looking Pensive

Maybe the royal should’ve titled this one: “The Thinker.”

8. And Relied Upon Sibling Love To Nail The Shot

Princess Charlotte snuggled up with her baby bro, Prince Louis, on her third birthday—and Princess Catherine didn’t miss a moment.

9. When She Celebrated Princess Charlotte’s Birthday (Again)

Does that dress come in adult sizes? Asking for a friend…

10. And Proved Charlotte Is A True Adventurist

Stop to smell the flowers? Check.

11. When She Photographed George Mid-laugh

Ahead of George’s sixth birthday, the Princess of Wales debuted a candid birthday portrait. (Because why not?)

12. And Documented Prince Louis’s Artistic Side

13. When She Captured This Action Shot

The pic featured Prince Louis (who turned 3 in July 2022) charging at the camera.

14. And Finally, When She Incorporated A Live Prop

The photos were released ahead of Princess Charlotte’s seventh birthday. (FYI, the dog’s name is Orla.)

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