Kate Middleton Honoured For Family Portraits By Royal Photographic Society

The Duchess of Cambridge has been given a membership to the UK's most prestigious photography society due to her impressive camera skills

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Art History graduate. Mental health campaigner. Duchess. Mother.

And now, it looks like Kate Middleton can add member of the Royal Photographic Society to her long list of accolades.

This week, the Society announced the Duchess of Cambridge was to be awarded a lifetime honorary membership for the 'role model's' impressive photography skills, praising her 'talent and enthusiasm' for snapping her closest family members.

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The mother-of-two accepted the Society's membership last month and joins the likes of internationally renowned photographers Annie Leibovitz, David Bailey and war photographer Sir Don McCullin as members.

The Duchess has been an avid photographer since childhood and began publishing her work in 2008 when her parents, Michael and Carole, commissioned her to take photographs for their party-planning business, Party Pieces.

Since then, the 34-year-old has broken royal tradition by taking the official photographs of her son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte and reportedly captured her own personal snaps for the Her Majesty 90th birthday last year.

Kate has also taken the official birthday photographs of her children and released a series of photographs from her royal tour with Prince William of South East Asia and the South Pacific in 2012.

According to the Telegraph, the Duchess' membership to the Society entitles her to submit her work for consideration for a distinction and, if passed by a group of experts, she could become a licensed member of the society.

Amelia Christmas, spokesman for the Society told the publication: 'The Duchess is a great, positive role model for anyone interested in photography. She has proved her own skills with her portraits of her children, which are not just family snapshots.'

With the hope the Duchess' membership will inspire amateur photographers to pick up a lens, Christmas added: 'We exist to promote photography at all levels, whether it's with a smartphone or a more expensive camera, and we're here to help people improve their skills.'

The Duchess' photography talents echoes those of her royal relatives, with the Queen's passion for shooting cine films during family holidays, Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon's memberships to the Royal Photographic Society and Prince Harry regularly seen snapping away during royal tours.

Quick, someone give George and Charlotte a camera. After all, photography skills appear to run in the family.

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