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Kate Middleton magazine’s photo debut contains a hidden Easter egg

Kate Middleton’s first official photographic cover for a print publication features a hidden Easter egg with special environmental significance.

Stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall asked Kate to take her portrait for the cover of country lifea magazine dedicated to campaign activities, which she guest-edited to mark her 75th birthday, published on July 13.

Camilla’s commission for Kate follows the young royal’s growing reputation for her photographic portraits, having taken and released official birthday images of her three children for several years.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall guest edited a special issue of ‘Country Life’ magazine marking her 75th birthday. The cover portrait was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at Ray Mill, Camilla’s country home.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/Country Life/Future PLC

Kate has also previously collaborated with a number of Holocaust survivors, the Royal Photographic Society (of which she is Patron) and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to shoot a series of striking images in 2020.

From Kate photographing Camilla for the cover, country life editor Mark Hedges said in a press release:

“We are delighted that our guest editor is captured so beautifully by royal photographer the Duchess of Cambridge.

“We understand this is the first time an official portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been taken by the Duchess of Cambridge for a magazine and we are honored to have been chosen to be the first to publish this beautiful photograph.

“The photographs are superb and we would be delighted to offer another commission to the Duchess of Cambridge!”

Camilla’s photography is extremely traditional with the trappings of a conventional peasant girl, including a sensible knit cardigan, floral print dress and obligatory basket containing cut flowers.

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In the basket of flowers, however, hides the Easter egg which is a symbol of country lifeis committed to championing environmental causes, including sustainability.

Overlaid on one of the floral flowers resting in Camilla’s basket in the portrait is a small illustration of a ladybug.

This, according to Hedges, is considered an easter egg for readers who regularly scan the magazine to see if they can spot the hidden ladybug.

“The Ladybug has developed a cult following,” he said.

“It’s the equivalent of Where’s Wally for lasting age! I received a letter from an Australian reader who said she had caught a friend using a magnifying glass to try to spot.”

country life began using the hidden ladybug easter egg in 2019 for its durability issue, and since June 2020 it has been a magazine staple, earning many devoted fans.

In May 2021, the magazine published its annual sustainability issue and hid within its pages 30 ladybugs with varying degrees of difficulty to keep readers engaged.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was photographed by the Duchess of Cambridge at her country home, Ray Mill, for the cover of Country Life. On the final cover, a ladybug has been superimposed over the image as an Easter egg for readers to spot.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/Country Life/Future PLC

The inclusion of a ladybug on the first cover image of Kate’s magazine is a tribute to the Royal Family’s love of the campaign, as well as the family’s continued advocacy of environmental causes, including the award Earthshot of Prince William.

Camilla is the third member of the royal family to be asked to edit country lifefollowing Prince Charles, who undertook the project to mark his 65th birthday in 2017 and his sister, Princess Anne, who edited the issue marking her 70th birthday in 2020.

Whether it is appropriate for members of the royal family to edit guest magazines was hotly debated when in September 2019 Meghan Markle made headlines as editor-in-chief British. vogue.

Royal commentator and regular Meghan critic Dan Wootton went on Britain’s morning show Lorraine, in the days after Vogue’s release, decrying the move as “silly”.

“The Queen will think it’s an absolutely silly and ridiculous decision, just like me,” he told host Christine Lampard.

“Remember Meghan doesn’t want to be a celebrity, she says she wants to be royal. Royals don’t write guest magazines, celebrities don’t write guest magazines.”

Camilla’s Country Life number follows her own collaboration with British vogue, which she gave her first in-depth print interview in several years for their July issue.

In her interview, the royal touched on a number of difficult topics, including her treatment by the press during the difficult years of the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.

“It’s not easy…I’ve been scrutinized for so long that you just have to find a way to live with it,” she said.

“Nobody likes to be watched all the time and, you know, criticized… But I think in the end, I kind of rise above it and just move on. You have to get on with your life.”

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Kate Middleton Easter Egg magazine cover
The Duchess of Cambridge’s first magazine cover photograph taken of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has a secret Easter egg hidden in her image. A ladybug was superimposed.
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