The Duchess of Cambridge honoured with lifetime membership to the Royal Photographic Society

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  • She’s been responsible for some of the cutest official portraits of her young family.

    And now Kate Middleton has been recognised for her skills behind the camera, with a lifetime membership to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society.

    The Duchess of Cambridge, 34, has been given the honour for her ‘talent and enthusiasm’ for photography, and is thought to be the first person to have been given the commendation without winning one of the society’s awards.

    She was said to be ‘very pleased’ with the accolade.

    Kate first showed an interest in amateur photography when she took the first official pictures of her daughter Princess Charlotte, pictured with big brother Prince George, in 2015, releasing the series of images to the public through The Royal Family’s social media accounts.

    At the beginning of 2016, she shared two adorable snaps of George on his first day at his Montessori nursery, sporting a blue backpack and a £30 coat from British high street staple John Lewis.

    In May of the same year, Kate took a collection of photos of Charlotte at the family home ahead of her daughter’s first birthday.

    Kensington Palace’s official Twitter feed posted the images, adding: ‘We hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as we do.’

    The Queen’s photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas has previously praised Kate’s pictures of her children, saying that her images were ‘beautifully shot’.

    ‘I thought they were wonderful pictures, beautifully shot,’ he said. ‘She captured the joy, happiness and youth of her children which is a wonderful thing and sometimes hard to do as a parent.’

    Hugo Burnand, who took the official Royal Wedding pictures in 2011, has also complimented her work in the past, saying: ‘They’re utterly beautiful images which Prince George and Princess Charlotte will treasure forever.’