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A Royal Photographer Shares His Favorite Will and Kate Moments

Royal fans from around the world are counting down the days until the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, due in April. Soon, photographers and video crews will head to the Lindo wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London for what has become known as the “Great Kate Wait.”

One of those photographers will be Chris Jackson, who has covered the British royal family for the past 14 years. Below, Jackson, who is a Getty Images staff photographer, has curated some of his most memorable moments with the Cambridges so far.

George Meets George, April 20, 2014 Chris Jackson/Getty Images George Meets George, April 20, 2014

“During their tour of Australia, the Duke and Duchess took Prince George to meet the iconic bilby [also named George] at Taronga Zoo. His face lit up as he saw the cute furry animal and he squirmed to get out of his mother’s grip to get a closer look.”

Young Prince at Play, September 29, 2016 Chris Jackson/Getty Images Young Prince at Play, September 29, 2016

“This was during a garden party for military families on the royal tour of Canada. George was absolutely transfixed by the bubbles his father was blowing for him. I always come away from photographing situations like this with a big smile.”

In Position for the ‘Great Kate Wait,’ July 23, 2013 Chris Jackson/Getty Images In Position for the ‘Great Kate Wait,’ July 23, 2013

"Although no one could say when the Duchess of Cambridge was going to give birth, the period of uncertainty “was pretty organized with photographers and TV crews allocated specific positions,” says Jackson. “We were keeping an eye on the situation there for a couple of weeks, as we didn’t want to miss a thing. Fortunately, there was a fantastic hospital café right behind the media position that did a roaring trade in cappuccinos and sandwiches. Everyone loves a good news story and this was the ultimate. When the royal couple finally walked out onto the steps of the hospital, proudly holding the little prince, a chorus of camera shutters accompanied them followed by the inevitable reporters’ questions. Prince William skilfully tucked the newborn into the baby seat and whisked his family away to Kensington Palace. It was the start of a new and exciting time for everyone and, for myself, some exciting opportunities. There is a real buzz in having a front row seat to these historic events.”

Watching the Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, June 13, 2015 Chris Jackson/Getty Images Watching the Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, June 13, 2015

“As Prince William rode out to take part in the formal parade below, George watched from the window above with the nanny keeping a close eye on him. The excitement on his face was clear to see.”

A Hug for Daddy, September 29, 2016 Chris Jackson/Getty Images A Hug for Daddy, September 29, 2016

“The tightness of his grip is pure affection from son to father and something that you rarely get to witness in formal royal situations. This was during the royal tour of Canada a couple of years ago, and it was lovely to capture this interaction between the two.”

Charlotte’s Protective Big Brother, July 5, 2015 Chris Jackson/Getty Images Charlotte’s Protective Big Brother, July 5, 2015

“I absolutely love shooting these unscripted moments. Prince George stood up on his tiptoes to check on his sister at her christening in Sandringham, Norfolk. The traditional pram was pushed along the path moments before by the duchess… George also spoke with the queen, pointing at her hat at one point.”

Giving the Solar Eclipse a Run for Its Money, June 17, 2017 Chris Jackson/Getty Images Giving the Solar Eclipse a Run for Its Money, June 17, 2017

"Trooping the Color, an annual military ceremony that also marks the queen’s birthday, “is one of the great weekends of the year and a rare opportunity to see so many members of the royal family in one place at the same time,” says Jackson. “This is always one of the highlights, as the royals are transfixed by the incredible Royal Air Force flypast that zooms over their heads.”

The Birthday Boy, July 21, 2017 Chris Jackson/Getty Images The Birthday Boy, July 21, 2017

“It was on his fourth birthday during a tour of Germany and Poland that Prince George got to look at a similar helicopter to the one his dad used for work. Despite a few unhappy moments early in the tour, his face lit up as he got the opportunity to explore this amazing machine.”

Important Firsts,  September 7, 2017 Handout/Getty Images Important Firsts, September 7, 2017

“The first day of school is an exciting moment for any family, but it was great to see Prince George with such a big smile on his face ahead of his first school run.”

Charlotte Takes a Sniff, July 19, 2017 Chris Jackson/Getty Images Charlotte Takes a Sniff, July 19, 2017

“Being presented with a bouquet of flowers can become an everyday occurrence for a member of the royal family, and little Princess Charlotte will have a lifetime of royal duties ahead of her. [But] it was this incredibly sweet moment, as she stepped onto the airport tarmac in Germany for the first time and was given a tiny little bouquet, that really stood out for me.”

Official Holidays, December 18, 2017 Handout/Kensington Palace via Getty Images Official Holidays, December 18, 2017

“It was a real privilege to take this formal photo, which was later selected for the photo on their Christmas card by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”


Jackson is on his fifth passport since becoming a photographer, with more than 100 royal trips abroad under his belt. On his agenda for 2018, in addition to the expected arrival of the duke and duchess’ new baby in April: Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in May.