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Taken during her student days, it’s a far cry from the images we are used to seeing of the Duchess
Photographs of Kate Middleton routinely attract audiences of millions, and so a royal photographer couldn’t believe it when he discovered a never-before seen snap of the Duchess in his archives.
Arthur Edwards, Royal Photographer at the Sun, released the image just before the Duchess’s 40th birthday last month. The photo shows a young, shy-looking Kate, then a student at the University of St Andrews, with friends outside Sandringham. Prince William had invited the group of university pals to the estate for a weekend away.
Arthur wrote in the Sun, “The first time I took a photograph of Kate Middleton, I didn’t know who on Earth she was. It was only when I was looking through some old photographs recently that I spotted Kate among William’s pals. And you would not recognise her.”
“As the years go by she is changing, overcoming her natural shyness and becoming more confident,” Arthur continued. “She is intelligent, pays great attention to detail and never gets it wrong. On jobs, I look at her and think: ‘You look just great.’”
The photographer also commented on Kate’s relationship with the future King: “As well as seeing her grow into a graceful beauty, I watched her romance with William slowly develop until she became his girlfriend.”
Shortly after the couple’s engagement, Arthur recalls asking the Prince about why they’d briefly split in 2007:
“I imagine it was because he came from a broken home that [Prince William] replied: ‘Well, Arthur, I had to be sure this was the right woman for me because I want this marriage to last forever.’”
Arthur concluded the article by stating that he feels “confident they will be together to the end”. Given how loved up the couple appear in recent photographs, we can see why.