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Coronation of King Charles III: the official photographer is not an unknown

For his coronation, scheduled for May 6, Charles III turned to the photographer who had immortalized his wedding in 2005. This artist seems to have obtained the confidence of the crowned heads. Who is he?

For his coronation on May 6, Charles III has set his sights on a photographer he knows well. The latter had immortalized his marriage to Camilla in 2005. It is Hugo Burnand. In an interview with Town & Country in 2021, the artist told how he met the king and queen consort. During a trip to South America, he had received an email from a certain Camilla Parker Bowles: “She said she had an important event planned for April and she wanted to know if I was available to take pictures,” he told the American magazine. Not wanting to miss this opportunity, the photographer jumped on the first plane.

Eighteen years later, Hugo Burnand will again be the official photographer at Westminster Abbey, when the King and Queen Consort will be crowned. The pictures will have to combine modernity and tradition, according to the Times and the Daily Mail. Hugo Burnand, who is used to events organized by royalty, was also chosen to photograph the wedding of Kate and William in 2011 and Lady Gabriella Windsor – the daughter of Michael of Kent, first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II – in 2019.

Where does Hugo Brunand come from?

Born in 1963, the photographer lost his mother a year later in a car accident. It is therefore his stepmother, Ursy, who will raise him and teach him the principles of his future profession by transforming the kitchen into a darkroom. For 20 years, Hugo Brunand worked in the Bystander party section of Tatler magazine. A playground where he immortalized the greatest social events. His portfolio includes a host of famous names such as Margaret Thatcher or the former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham. It is therefore not surprising that his work has been spotted by the crowned heads. He has notably signed portraits of Princess Alexandra of Kent, Zara and Mike Tindall or even Charles III and his sister Anne who called on him for her 70th birthday.

Photo credits: Agency / Bestimage

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