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Photographer Chris Jackson Shares His Favorite Photos of the Royal Family This Year

From Duchess Meghan's first trip to Sussex to Prince Charles's birthday portrait and the first images of Prince Louis.
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In his role as a royal photographer for Getty Images, Chris Jackson has traveled the world this year taking photos of the Queen, Will, Kate, Meghan, Harry, and the other members of the House of Windsor. Here, he shares his favorite pictures of the British royal family from 2018, a year he calls "enjoyably hectic."

This has been a huge royal year. From two royal weddings to high-profile foreign visits, state events, the birth of a new Prince, and the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday, it’s certainly a year that will live on in memory. For myself, as Getty Images' royal photographer, it’s been enjoyably hectic. The year kicked off with an exciting trip to Norway and Sweden with the Cambridges. I’ve also traveled to Lesotho with Prince Harry as he checked in on the work of his charity Sentebale, visited Greece with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and been on an epic tour with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand punctuated by a memorable Invictus Games.

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I’ve shot a behind-the-scenes project to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 70th birthday, in addition to shooting a family portrait, which you see below. The end of the year saw the publication of my book Modern Monarchy, which features images as recently as the Sussex’s wedding in the spring as well as many of those big royal moments from the last 15 years, and even some of the more unexpected and quieter ones. As the year draws to a close, there is so much to look forward to in 2019, and I can’t wait to photograph it!

Prince Charles's 70th Birthday Portrait


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"It was a real honor to take the Prince of Wales’s official 70th birthday family portrait. Taken during a fun autumnal afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House, it was certainly a fun photo shoot—[it's] always a relief when it doesn’t rain!"

Harry and Meghan visit Sussex


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"I loved this shot taken during a fun moment in a youth centre during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Sussex. This picture was taken just before we headed off on tour to Australia, Tonga, Fuji, and New Zealand, where the Duke and Duchess announced their pregnancy, so it was perfect timing!"

The Birth of Prince Louis


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"Any royal birth is an exciting time, and when media descend on those now famous brown doors of the Lindo Wing for the birth of Prince Louis, the world was poised for a happy moment. As the Cambridges came out onto the steps of the hospital, I loved this photo when the Duchess glanced down at her new son and the wind blew back her hair."

Queen Elizabeth at the Cenotaph


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"The Queen is handing over many of her patronages and duties to younger members of the royal family, and we see evidence of this transition at moments such as Remembrance Sunday where for the second year running, the Prince of Wales laid the wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the nation. It was a poignant moment as the Queen took a second to reflect during a sombre ceremony."

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Norwegian Palace


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"I loved this regal moment early in February 2018 during a visit to Oslo as the Cambridges were escorted to a banquet by the Norwegian Royals. Prince Louis still to be born, this seems like an age ago now!"

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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