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An exclusive behind the scenes royal photo has showcased Kate Middleton flexing her photography skills as she snapped a portrait of Camilla for the Country Life magazine cover.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, who was described as a “consummate professional” by the magazine, is a keen photographer, and has taken several official portraits of her three children.

Kate can now add magazine photographer to the list of her achievements as she captured the snap that shows the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, relaxing at her at Ray Mill House country retreat in Lacock, Wiltshire.

According to Country Life’s official Instagram, the behind-the-scenes image was taken by The Duchess of Cornwall’s country dresser, Shona Williams.

The photograph taken by Kate appears on the cover of the July edition of the publication, just ahead of Camilla’s landmark 75th birthday on July 17th.

According to a royal source, it was Camilla’s idea to ask Kate to take the photograph, and Country Life’s managing and features editor, Paula Lester has said the publication “could not be happier with the results” of the photoshoot.

She added, “In fact, the set of images she took was so good that we struggled to choose only three, from which The Duchess of Cornwall made her final selection.”

According to Paula, Kate took the commission “very seriously” and was “incredibly professional” about the job.

“She phoned me to discuss our requirements for the cover and subsequently composed a range of beautifully shot images,” Paula explained.

Meanwhile, the Country Life editor Mark Hedges said everyone was thrilled by the photos which captured Camilla “magnificently”, and added that the magazine would be “delighted” to offer Kate another commission.

Image credits: Instagram @countrylifemagazine

This article first appeared on OverSixty.

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