Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official wedding photographs have been released, with one UK tabloid hailing them as the “boldest and most intimate” Royal wedding portraits ever.
The three images were taken by English-born photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle immediately following the carriage procession through the streets of Windsor on Saturday.
The first photo features the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room alongside the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Ms Markle’s mother Doria Ragland and the page boys and bridesmaids from the ceremony.
The second image is of Prince Harry and Ms Markle surrounded by four page boys and six bridesmaids — made up of children of friends of the couple as well as Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
The third is a black-and-white portrait showing the newlyweds embracing one-another while sitting on stairs on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle.
The more casual images mark a departure from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official wedding portrait, which had everyone except the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh formally standing.
Martin Robinson from the Daily Mail labelled the shots “extraordinary” and said they must be “the most bold and intimate Royal wedding portraits ever seen”, while the Daily Mirror’s royal correspondent Victoria Murphy called them “gorgeous”.
A statement accompanying the release said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “delighted” with the photos and wanted to thank everyone who took part in the wedding celebrations on Saturday.
“They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world,” the statement read.
Mr Lubomirski, who is based in New York, was a former assistant of Princess Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino.
“It has been an incredible honour and privilege to document the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding and family portraits on Saturday,” Mr Lubomirski said in a statement.
“This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily never forget.”
English fashion designer Stella McCartney was the designer behind the dress the Duchess wore to her evening wedding reception.
The lily white gown had a high neck and was made of silk crepe.
By ABC NEWS