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Note-perfect Mario puts royals in the picture

Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00

Prince William and Kate Middleton in their official engagement portrait at St James's Palace in London. Photo: Reuters
Prince William and Kate Middleton in their official engagement portrait at St James's Palace in London. Photo: Reuters

Photographer Mario Testino used music he played at photoshoots with Diana, Princess of Wales, to recreate the relaxed mood when he pictured Prince William and Kate Middleton for their engagement, he has revealed.

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The Peruvian, who created some of the most enduring images of William's late mother, took two pictures of the couple at St James' Palace, looking very much in love and "brimming with happiness".

He has now revealed the relaxed portraits with the couple in comfortable poses were taken with the help of music he used while photographing Diana.

The tracks, from French singer Dalida, were played as the prince and his fiancee posed together shortly after their engagement was officially announced in November.

Testino is credited with producing the most memorable pictures of Princess Diana, during a photo shoot for 'Vanity Fair' magazine, which was published in July 1997, one month before her death in a Paris car crash.

The celebrated photographer had never photographed Ms Middleton, but he said he already felt "very confident" she would be an "easy sitter" because of her natural grace. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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