The photography world is abuzz with the nomination of a candid snapshot featuring Kate Middleton and her youngest son, Prince Louis, for the IMAGO Photograph of the Year. Captured during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in June 2022, the iconic image depicts a 5-year-old Prince Louis playfully placing his hand over the Duchess of Cambridge's mouth, drawing chuckles and attention.
Intriguingly, this isn’t the sole nomination featuring the royal family. Nine out of the 20 finalist photos feature members of the British monarchy. One particularly poignant shot shows Prince Louis plugging his ears in the presence of the late Queen Elizabeth during the same Jubilee celebration.
It was during this time that the Queen, who passed away in September 2022 at 96, made her last public appearance, welcoming Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle as the UK's new prime minister.
Royal Moments Captured
The series of finalist photographs also chronicle significant royal moments.
One captures the Queen’s final farewell at Westminster Abbey, while another showcases King Charles accessing official documents after ascending to the throne following his mother's demise. The announcement of the winners, scheduled for October 15th, hinges on public votes.
Photography enthusiasts have until September 5th to cast their ballots. Photographer Samir Hussein, who is in the running, took to social media platform X (previously Twitter) to share his excitement. He wrote, “Really happy to have my photo of the Queen & Prince Louis nominated for Photo of the Year at the Picture Editor Awards.
A real honor to be recognized amongst such stunning images”. It was Hussein who captured the memorable moment of Louis with his great-grandmother at Buckingham Palace's balcony. The young prince, known for his charming antics and cheerful demeanor, has been stealing the spotlight in various royal events.
His playful gestures during events like the Trooping the Colour parade have endeared him to many. Currently fourth in line to the British throne, he trails behind his father, Prince William, and siblings, George and Charlotte.
Royal commentator Ingrid Seward aptly summarized the prince's unique position, noting to the Sun that Louis "enjoys the benefits of royalty without the imminent burden of the crown." He's indeed a royal with all the privileges but none of the pressures of future kingship.