The Duchess of Cambridge has received an early birthday present as she has been made an honourary member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) days before her 35th birthday.
The pictures that gained her admission to one of the world’s oldest photographic societies were those that she took of her daughter, Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess, who studied art at St Andrew’s University and has curated photography exhibits before her time as a member of the Royal Family, chose to take the official portraits of her children herself. A proud Prince George hugging his newborn sister.
Other photographs taken by the Duchess have gained the approval of the RPS, including those of Prince George on his first day of Montessori school a year ago.
“The Duchess of Cambridge has had a long-standing interest in photography and its history.” said Dr Michael Pritchard, chief executive of the RPS.
He added: “She is the latest in a long line of royal photographers and the society is pleased to recognise her talent and enthusiasm through honorary membership.
“We look forward to a continuing relationship with her.”
Yet, not all are fans of her work. A Fleet Street staff photographer for over 30 years spoke to the Daily Mail about some of the first publicised pictures the Duchess took while on her trip to Malaysia in 2012.
“It’s a good first effort and full marks to her for putting them out there and inviting critique, that is very brave as an amateur, but technically they are not brilliant. It looks like the pictures have all been taken in colour and then turned to black and white, meaning they lose a lot of impact.
“She was in a lush rainforest in a beautiful part of the world, which would have been filled with amazing colours and shades, so to lose all of that is a real shame. Black-and-white pictures can be more interesting but here it adds nothing to the picture.
“My least favourite shot is the one of the orangutan – I thought Rod Hull’s Emu had curled up and died on film. But some of the jungle shots are good, and she definitely shows potential.”
Other royal members of the RPS include Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.