Coronation photographer Hugo Burnand reveals ‘lovely buzz’ in throne room during historic photoshoot with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ‘milling about’
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The atmosphere in Buckingham Palace’s iconic throne room was ‘cosy’ during the coronation photoshoot, according to the official photographer.
Hugo Bernand, who was behind the official royal snaps, has opened up about his experience during the historical day on May 6.
According to the photographer, who also snapped Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, there was a ‘lovely buzz’ while he set up and took the coronation images.
Speaking to the Independent, he said: ‘There was definitely a happy feeling. It was cosy with family, children and friends milling about.’
He said the ‘beautiful’ and ‘uplifting’ atmosphere was partly due to the presence of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The photographer behind the official coronation pictures (including this image) is Hugo Burnand
‘It was like the last bit of the race [for the royal family]’, Hugo added. ‘There was an energy there which I know I got in the pictures.’
The set of portraits, which were taken just minutes after the family’s balcony moment, includes images of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, as well as other members of the ‘slimmed down’ monarchy.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, and Princess Anne also feature in some shots.
Hugo, who revealed to the outlet that he cycled to the Palace that day, said he had just an hour to take the photographs. To save time, he had four cameras set up on tripods.
He added that knowing the people he was photographing also helped create images with humanity, within the limited timeframe – he was also the snapper at Charles and Camilla’s 2005 wedding.
The father-of-four has had an enormous amount of success regardless – he is now the only portrait photographer with a Royal Warrant given by the king.
He has been capturing royal portraits for almost two decades. But he first turned down the opportunity that launched him into his career as a royal photographer – Charles’ wedding to Camilla wedding in 2005.
Mr Burnand, a society photographer for Tatler magazine, had taken a career break to take his young children to South America for six months in 2004.
Hugo Burnand (pictured) also took the photographs at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, as well as the 2005 nuptials of Charles and Camilla
Disaster struck when thieves stole the family’s money, passports and Hugo’s camera equipment.
It was only when the photographer found an internet cafe to try to contact his insurers that he saw an email from Clarence House, asking him to get in touch.
He initially said no to the job but said he realised while trekking in the jungle that he had just turned down the chance of a lifetime – the future king’s wedding.
This change of heart changed his life and he has since photographed William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, and taken official portraits of Charles on his 60th and 70th birthdays, and of Charles and Camilla in the run-up to the Coronation.
He also photographed the Princess Royal to mark her 70th birthday, and took the official pictures for the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor in 2019.
Born in Cannes, France, Hugo was raised in Berkshire and went to Cheam School in Headley, Hampshire, the prep school attended by the King and the late Duke of Edinburgh.
According to photographer Hugo, he had only around an hour to take the coronation photos, including this portrait of King Charles
He won his first photography competition at the school, aged seven, and practised his skills while at Harrow, taking portraits of school-leavers.
His mother Susan Gordon was killed in a car crash in 1964, the year after he was born, and he was raised by his father Peter and his stepmother Ursy, from whom he learned his early photography skills.
After working as a stable hand and then as an insurance broker at Lloyd’s of London, he became a professional photographer at 27 and worked as Tatlers’ society photographer for its Bystander party column for more than 20 years.
He took the photos at David and Samantha Cameron’s wedding in 1996 and his other famous subjects include Spike Milligan, Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson.
But he is best known for his images of the Royal Family, following in the footsteps of Cecil Beaton, who photographed Queen Elizabeth II after her 1953 coronation.
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