Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their official royal wedding photos on Monday on Instagram, delighting fans and followers with three different snapshots from their big day.
The first showcased the entire senior royal family looking regal as ever, and the third featured just Harry and Meghan sitting on some steps looking very much in love.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their Wedding day. This photograph was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession #RoyalWedding
But, the second photo in the series, shot by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, is what really stole the show.
That photo depicts the couple surrounded by their wedding party, including some seriously adorable page boys and bridesmaids. The photo is warm, inviting, and clearly filled with joy. But just how did he get Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the rest of the crew to beam with that much happiness? With candy, of course.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their Wedding day. This photo of The Duke and Duchess with the Bridesmaids and Page Boys was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle #RoyalWedding
“[The children] were being bribed with one Smartie here, one Smartie there,” Lubomirski told Reuters in a new behind-the-scenes interview. “So as soon as the kids came on to the set, I immediately just shouted out, ‘Who likes Smarties?’ and then everybody, hands up, smiles; even some adults put their hands up, so that was our magic word of the day.”
.@alexilubo says he got all the kids (and possibly even Harry & Meghan) to grin for their #RoyalWedding portrait by calling out "Who likes Smarties?!" as they had been getting them as treats throughout the day? pic.twitter.com/pT4reop0MJ
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 23, 2018
Of the entire shoot, Lubomirski said: “The atmosphere in the room was obviously very joyful; there were a lot of smiles. It was like a family room after the wedding. Some parents were trying to wrangle their children, other uncles and aunts were talking to their nephews and nieces. It was a family.”
Lubomirski, who happens to be a polish prince himself, is obviously talented at capturing perfect moments. Not only did he shoot the couple’s engagement photos, but he also captured that last stunning shot of the new royal pair on the steps as his very last shot of the day.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding
“It was just one of those magical moments,” he said. “She just slumped in between his legs. “And there was this moment where they were laughing, because they were joking about how they were exhausted and finally it was over.” He added, “It wasn’t until I actually got back to the hotel that I looked at it, and it was just like, amazing. So, one very happy moment.”