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Royal photographer reveals his top three photos of 2019

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From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s South African adventure to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s historic visit to Pakistan, 2019 has been a busy year for the British royal family.

Cosmopolitan spoke to Shutterstock’s Official Royal Photographer, Tim Rooke, who selected his favourite royal photos from the year.

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The first photo comes from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent trip to South Africa with their son Archie Harrison.

The former Suits actress attended a solo engagement at the University of Johannesburg where she discussed the need for support for women in higher education.

Meghan Markle
The former Suits actress attended a solo engagement at the University of Johannesburg. (Credit: Getty)

The second snap is from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s historic visit to Pakistan.

“This specific photo was taken outside a mosque, in fact, the same mosque where I have also photographed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on a previous tour,” revealed Rooke.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a historic visit to Pakistan. (Credit: Getty)

Rooke’s third and final pick is of Queen Elizabeth.

The photographer says it’s hard to get a photo of the Her Majesty smiling, which is exactly what he did in this photo.

“When I shot this, she had just been given a bunch of flowers by someone and is looking directly at them” added Tim.

Queen Elizabeth
Tim says it’s hard to get a photo of the Her Majesty smiling. (Credit: Getty)

He continued: The Queen often takes a striking image because of the bright colours she wears and this one is no different.

Rooke also said that within hours of taking the photo, he “received a message from the editor of Majesty Magazine who told me the photo was being used on the front cover of the latest magazine and went to print that day.”

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