Royal photographer 'honoured' to be chosen for weddings
Hugo Burnand was ''incredibly honoured'' to be the only photographer to work at the nuptials of two future British kings.
The photographer hoped he would be considered to take the official portraits when Prince William married Kate Middleton - who is now known as Duchess Catherine - last April because he previously performed the same duty when William's father Prince Charles married second wife Camilla in 2005 and was delighted when he heard he had the job.
He said: ''I had done the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla and although I knew that in no way meant I would automatically get Prince William and Catherine's wedding it meant that I would be one of the photographers on their list.
''There was a discussion and when I did get offered the job I was thrilled, incredibly honoured and it was amazing to be asked.
''There are not many photographers who have photographed the weddings of two future kings, I think it was a first actually.''
The royal family became aware of Hugo's work thanks to Camilla's sister Lady Annabel Elliot.
Speaking as he launched the Schweppes social monarchs campaign, Hugo exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I've been a photographer for quite a long time but the royal connection came about when I did a private commission of a wonderful lady called Lady Annabel Elliot who is the sister of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
''Annabel introduced us and I did a private picture of her and then through the relationship we already had she invited me to photograph her wedding.''
Hugo has teamed up with Schweppes to find the nation's social monarchs: the kings and queens of entertaining who are celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in style. To nominate yourself or a friend as a social monarch, or to pick up some great tips for your Jubilee party visit www.schweppesjubilee.co.uk.
Story by entertainment.ie | 01:00 | Tuesday 10th April 2012 | Showbiz Bites
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