A Royal Photographer Explains How Princess Diana Always Made the Most of Her Royal Photo Ops

She had a signature move that guaranteed great pics.

Princess Diana
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  • According to one royal photographer, Princess Diana (opens in new tab) was always one of the most interesting royals to photograph.
  • During an interview with Us Weeklyroyal photographer Tim Rooke (opens in new tab) explained that the late royal had a signature move that always guaranteed great photos at royal engagements.
  • "She would always just turn before she went into the building, so she’d just look at you at the last second, and it always produced great pictures," he explained.

Princess Diana (opens in new tab) was, obviously, beloved. Not only did the public adore her, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess," (opens in new tab) but royal photographers were big fans as well.

In a recent interview with Us Weekly (opens in new tab) for an episode of Royally Us (opens in new tab)royal photographer Tim Rooke explained just what it was about Diana (opens in new tab) that made her such a joy to photograph at royal events: 

"Often, what we do can be very boring. It can be someone walking from a car into a doorway. … What the Princess of Wales used to do, she would always just turn before she went into the building, so she’d just look at you at the last second, and it always produced great pictures. I think I did a picture of her, it was on her 36th birthday, which sadly was her last birthday, and she went to the Tate Gallery and there was a reception. She just turned, just before she went in, and it made an absolutely great picture. Whereas now, the younger royals do it slightly differently. They tend to talk to the person that’s greeting them, which is, of course only polite, but of course, with her, it was great because you always knew you’d get a picture."

Rooke also took a second to reflect on Diana (opens in new tab) as a person and, unsurprisingly, he had nothing but glowing things to say about the late royal.

"She was a very warm person," he said. "She was great to photograph."

After Diana's tragic death (opens in new tab) in 1997, Rooke continued to photograph the royal family, particularly Prince Charles (opens in new tab), who is apparently also pretty awesome at posing for the camera—but, clearly, in very different ways than Diana.

"I spent years photographing the Prince of Wales, particularly after Princess Diana died," Rooke said of the heir to the British throne. "He’s actually great for taking pictures with. He’ll put hats on and do all sorts of things."


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