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Royal baby picture could be ultimate career prize for photogs

July 15, 2013 11:50 AM

Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, entertain young son Prince William before his first Christmas in 1982. (Courtesy Ian Pelham-Turner)

Photographers and TV camera crews have marked their places outside the London hospital where Prince William and Kate's royal baby is due to be born, vying to get the first shot of the newest heir to the throne.

It's a picture that could catapult any of their careers, and Ian Pelham-Turner knows how they feel.

He's been a royal photographer for more than four decades and took the first Christmas photos of Prince William as a baby in 1982.

"In those days, you were given seven minutes ... you weren't allowed to talk to them, you weren't allowed to direct them," he says.

"And so I was dying and my entire life as a photographer, I knew, would depend on these photographs."

For someone who has spent the last 43 years following the Royal Family, the birth of its newest member is an exciting time.

To mark the occasion, Pelham-Turner and his photography partner Helena Chard are holding afternoon tea sessions called The Royal Child at a posh London hotel throughout the summer.

Guests will be treated to dainty cakes and crustless sandwiches. They'll be surrounded by dozens of photos of the Royal Family as they listen to Pelham-Turner talk about the upbringing of royal children since Victorian times, with special attention paid to soon-to-be born Baby Cambridge.

Given the overwhelming amount of interest in the baby, even while still in the womb, Pelham-Turner says most of his guests ask him about how the royal couple will cope with the inevitable media pursuit of their child. It's a question many in the media are wondering, too.

While Pelham-Turner says Prince William may still be haunted by the paparazzi's role in the loss of his mother, he argues it won't be the same as when William was a baby, when photographers weren't allowed to speak to the royal couple and child, even when taking their photo in the same room.

"Kate and William are media savvy. Provided the media are not disruptive of their private lives ... I think they might be more open. They will have a private life, as they have a right to, but they won't keep the baby hidden away.

"I think the media attention will be managed to allow the world to see the baby growing throughout the years."

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