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Royal Engagement Portraits

Prince William and Kate Middleton
A month after announcing their engagement, Prince William and Kate Middleton released two official portraits, taken by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino. For their formal photo, the couple posed at the historic Council Chamber at St. James’s Palace, surrounded by portraits of William’s ancestors. Their second portrait was more casual; they broke royal convention and intimately embraced at the Cornwall Room of St. James’s Palace.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana shared their engagement news with an informal engagement photo. But the couple also adhered to tradition, releasing an official photo featuring Diana in a regal gown and Prince Charles in his naval uniform.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles made their first public appearance as an engaged couple at a function at Windsor Castle.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
The couple engagement shoot took place at St. James’s Palace on Jan. 6, 1999. They got married on June 19, 1999.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Childhood pals Prince Andrew and Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson posed for this casual snapshot after their engagement. They got married on July 23, 1986.

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter got engaged to her first husband Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, in May 1973. She posed for a formal engagement photo but in a departure from protocol, the couple, who shared a love of horses, took their informal picture not in the royal spaces, but in a lush meadow with a black Lab.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stood at firm attention at the announcement of their engagement at Buckingham Palace in July 1947.

At 84, Queen Elizabeth is Britain’s oldest monarch, having ruled the throne since February 1952, when she was just 25 years old.

Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones
Princess Margaret got engaged to Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a Photographer on Feb. 26, 1960. The couple was photographed touring Windsor lodge.

Queen Elizabeth and King George VI
After Queen Elizabeth (popularly known as Queen Mother) got engaged to Albert (Duke of York) on Jan. 18, 1923, they posed for a portrait at her family’s estate, St. Paul’s Walden Bury. The couple was known as the Duke and Duchess of York till 1936. When Albert’s brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry an American Wallis Simpson, they were crowned the King and Queen.

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