Talented amateur photographer Kate Middleton has received an honorary lifetime membership from the British Photographic Society (BPS) in recognition of her “talen and enthusiasm”. The 34 year old has charmed the nation with beautiful snaps of her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Now she has received recognition from the renowned society, and is understood to be “very pleased” after becoming the first person to have been handed the honour without winning one of the organisation’s awards. The Duchess broke with royal tradition to take the first official photographs of Princess Charlotte herself, and her beautiful images of Prince George on his first day at nursery school gained much praise.
Links to the royal family
The organisation was set up in 1853 to promote the art of photography, and to support photographers, whether amateur or professional. It organisations regular workships and exhibitions of members’ work and has historic links to the British royal family. Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were patrons of the society.
Experts say it is clear that Kate has talent. Dr Michael Pritchard, who is the CEO of the RPS, pointed out that Kate has had a long standing passion for photography. He added: “She is latest in a long line of royal photographers and the society is pleased to recognise her talent and enthusiasm through honorary membership. We look forward to a continuing relationship with her.”
However, the decision to give the honorary membership to Kate, which is a saving of the usual £108 annual membership money, has been met with a mixed response. Writing on social media, Susan Leonard said that it was excellent news and a “further validation of the importance of photography in our world”. However, Amy Robinson said that the membership should have been given to someone in greater need. The Duchess is often spotted snapping away on official royal tours with her Canon EOS 5D Mark II.