Kate Middleton and Prince William appear to be following in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by releasing photos in black and white – choosing to share their rare moments of public affection.
Royal photographer Chris Jackson, who is married to The Duchess of Cambridge stylist and close friend Natasha Archer, 34, took Instagram and explained how he took a series of behind the scenes photos of the Earthshot Prize Awards on Sunday at Alexandra Palace in London.
Among the black and white images, shared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s social media account, includes the moment Kate, 39, placed a loving hand on Prince William’s lower back in a rare display of public affection – as they are captured looking intensely into each other’s eyes and smiling at each other.
The couple has always acknowledged the Queen’s wish that members of the royal family should not have beloved displays in public.
Earlier, however, photographer Glenn Gratton told FEMAIL that the Duchess of Sussex is putting her own stamp on royal photos by releasing them in black and white.
It comes after Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, took black and white photos on a number of significant occasions, including their official engagement shoot and their first Christmas card.
Royal photographer Chris Jackson captured Kate Middleton capturing a rare moment of affection for her husband Prince William at the Earthshot Prize Awards on Sunday
In another adorable engagement photo, a smartly dressed Prince William pulls back the curtain as he and Kate smile and laugh
In another adorable photo from Sunday’s engagement, a smartly dressed Prince William pulls back the curtain as he and Kate are seen laughing and laughing together.
Elsewhere, two poignant individual photos of the couple show them both thinking before about to take the stage to deliver their speeches about the importance of caring for the environment for generations to come.
Alongside the series of snaps, Chris wrote: “Some of you may have noticed that I was a little quiet after the Earthshot awards…
“This was because I had a fantastic opportunity to photograph ‘behind the scenes’ with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the groundbreaking environmental initiative that will go a long way to changing the story in years to come.”
Prince William and Kate appear to have followed in the footsteps of Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, with the latest behind-the-scenes photos shared at Sunday’s Earthshot Prize. Pictured, posing on the grounds of their $14 million California mansion in front of a ‘tree of life’
Kate Middleton holds on to the railing as she sits down next to her husband Prince William
Another poignant photo of Prince William makes him think before taking the stage at the end of the event
Another powerful photo shows Prince William taking the stage after ditching his usual black tuxedo for a trendy polo collar and green velvet jacket
“It was special to witness up close the passion and energy that has gone into this event and performances by talented artists such as @teddysphotos @ksi and @coldplay.
“I think these photos illustrate the depth of feeling during the event.”
To match the event’s ethos and pinnacle of sustainability, the mother of three recycled the Alexander McQueen dress she first wore a decade ago in 2011, at a Bafta reception in Los Angeles, while she and Prince William touring America as newlyweds.
The decade-long global environmental competition awards £1 million to five winners for an idea to protect the planet.
The choice of the monochrome photos, however, comes after Prince Harry and Meghan chose two black-and-white family photos to announce Meghan’s pregnancy with Lilibet, where the royal couple can be seen in the grounds of their $14 million California mansion for a ” tree of life.’
They also chose the same style to announce their son’s name on Instagram in May 2019, and released two more from the photocall at Windsor Castle earlier that same day.
Another shot shows Sir David Attenbrough speaking onstage at the first Earthshot Prize awards ceremony
Nigerian Afropop star Yemi Alade, 32, turned heads in a dramatic red mini playsuit with a statement skirt cape
Speaking to Femail, photographer Glenn Gratton said Meghan is “image conscious” and would have thought carefully about which photos she would release of her son to make the best impression.
He added that black and white is “in vogue” and is a way for the royal mother to distance her photos from the high-contrast, filtered ones that flood social media feeds.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a statement when they released two of the three official engagement photos in black and white.
The photos, taken by Alexi Lubomirski, captured the couple looking in love on the grounds at their current Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.
The photos, taken by Alexi Lubomirski, captured the couple looking in love on the grounds at their current Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor. Pictured, one of the engagement photos
Harry and Meghan also chose to have black and white photos on their wedding day, later choosing these with their backs to the camera as their first Christmas card
Harry and Meghan also chose to have some black and white photos on their wedding day, and later chose one of them with their backs to the camera as their first Christmas card.
Social media has proven to be an excellent platform for the couple to showcase their personal take on photography.
The first post on their Sussex Royal account was a gallery that culminated in a previously unseen black and white photo from their royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.
They have since shared monochrome photos to highlight their work and charitable causes.
The Duchess of Sussex showed that she is personally a fan of black and white photos when she shared a monochrome photo of husband Prince Harry rehearsing for an Invictus Games speech during the royal tour last fall.