Throughout the centuries, we have become accustomed to seeing official portraits and photographs of the Royal Family at prestigious functions and events – so much so that many of us question whether posing for photographs is all that they do.
Take, for example, the recent Royal wedding. Whilst it was evidently a celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage, it was also essentially one big excuse for a photoshoot.
For momentous occasions such as Royal weddings, well-respected photographers are hired to capture the precious, behind-the-scenes, moments that the rest of the world are not privy to.
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However, it’s not just the professionals who get the chance of taking snaps of the Royals. Indeed, fans of the famous family, and sometimes just passersby manage to capture their most beautiful and poignant moments.
Take, for example, these stunning snaps taken by loyal Royal fans…
1. The Queen in the Bahamas
This photo was taken in Nassau, the Bahamas in the late 1950s, not long after Elizabeth II became queen.
2. Princess Anne
Here we see Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, talking to the parents of the photographer, Jean Matthews at RAF Waddington in June 1977.
3. The Queen Mother and the Queen
4. A five-year-old Prince William
The second in line to the throne, aged just five in this picture, can be seen waving at the crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace in 1988.
5. The Queen Mother and Prince William
Prince William would have been just nine-years-old at the time this photo was taken in April 1992. The young prince can be seen helping his great-grandmother up the steps outside St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – a location made famous by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this year.
6. The Queen in Northern Ireland
When this photo was taken in June 1995, the Queen was busy opening a new high school in Armagh, Northern Ireland.
7. Princess Diana
This stunning snap of the late Princess Diana was taken in Birmingham in October 1995 – less than two years before her tragic death.
8. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
The then newlyweds are snapped walking down the stairs following the ceremony in Windsor Guildhall in 2005. Behind them are other members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, and Prince William.
9. The Queen and a bull
This picture is of the British monarch at the Great Yorkshire show in 2008 with a prize-winning bull.
10. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
This shot was taken by Anita Atkinson who camped outside Westminster Abbey for three nights just before the Royal Wedding of 2011.
11. The Queen and President George H. W. Bush
Here the Queen can be seen with President George H. W. Bush. The photo was snapped by a royal fan, Marlene Koenig.
12. Prince Harry
Here the beloved prince can be seen waving to the crowds alongside his cousin Lady Louise Windsor (the daughter of Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex) and Tom Pettifer, the son of Harry’s former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
13. The Duchess of Cornwall bonding with the new Duchess of Cambridge
This photo was taken from the crowds around Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of 2011.
14. The Queen in Belfast
The Queen is seen waving out of a car during a visit to Stormont Castle in Belfast for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
15. The Duchess of Cambridge
This very glam shot was taken in July 2012 at the UK Creative Industries Reception in London.
16. The Queen in Lincolnshire
Queen Elizabeth waves from a vehicle whilst she is driven through Stamford, Lincolnshire.
17. The Queen in Leeds
Back in 2012, her majesty made an official visit to Leeds during a Diamond Jubilee visit.
18. Prince Charles in Tasmania
Here the next in line to the throne is seen braving it out in the Tasmanian rain.
19. Will and Kate On A Date
It’s nice to see a young Royal in love just going out, having a drink and stumbling into the back of a taxi – just like the rest of us.
So there you have it: sometimes the most iconic, most poignant photos of the royal family are taken by ordinary members of the public. I guess, in this digital age, we’re all sort of photographers in our own right!