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Prince William and Kate release engagement pictures

Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, who are to tie the knot next April, have released a set of two official photographs to mark their engagement in October. See pics inside...

world Updated: Dec 12, 2010 12:28 IST

Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, who are to tie the knot next April, have released a set of two official photographs to mark their engagement in October.

The two portraits, one formal and one casual, which show the couple smiling and embracing after the announcement of their engagement last month, were taken by none other than celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino.

The second-in-line to the British throne and Kate, both 28, selected the two photographs from a set.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/storypix2.jpg

In the formal image, taken in the St James Palace's Council Chamber, the couple stand together with Kate resting her arm on her fiance's. The informal image, above, shows the couple embracing in the Palace's Cornwall room.

Testino has described the couple as "brimming with happiness" during the photo shoot at St James' Palace, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Testino, who created some of the most enduring images of William's mother late Princess Diana said: "I am very happy to have been asked to cover this historic moment that the whole world was waiting for.

"They are in their prime and brimming with happiness. I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together."

Testino took photographs for Prince William's 21st birthday in 2004.

A Clarence House spokesman said: "Prince William has worked with Mario Testino on many occasions before, and so the couple decided that he was the right choice for such an important portrait."http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/storypix1.jpg