In an interview about his new photo book "Behind the Crown: My Life Photographing the Royal Family," royal photographer Arthur Edwards offered a unique perspective on King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. With 45 years of experience capturing the royal family's most significant moments, Edwards has a wealth of insights and anecdotes to share.
Having documented King Charles III's life since 1977, Edwards has witnessed the evolution of the monarch. He told People, "I watched this prince who was a visionary make these proclamations about architecture and organic food and saving the sea from plastic. And I realized he was just doing everything he could to make a difference. As he said, 'Not for me, but for my children and grandchildren.' I felt he's just a lovely person to work with and I wanted to put it all down."
Edwards believes that King Charles III will have a significant impact on the monarchy, stating, "He wasn't going to sort of just sit there and play backgammon and shoot champagne. He was going to make a difference, and he did. He's a pioneer for the underdog."
Regarding Camilla, Edwards revealed that she "brought a spring to Charles' step," adding that she is always there to support him, making her a "great asset" to the nation. He also praised her ability to maintain a common touch and make King Charles laugh, highlighting their strong bond. As the couple prepares to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary in April, they look forward to their joint coronation at London's Westminster Abbey on May 6.
Edwards' portrayal of King Charles III as a "genuinely kind man" is supported by the growing popularity he has experienced since becoming king. "I went to Bolton, a town in the north of England, about three weeks ago, and the crowds were 30 deep, come to see him! Now, he never got that as Prince of Wales. Suddenly at 74, he's become this big megastar, like a rockstar, and everybody wants to come and see him," Edwards shared.
In addition to Charles and Camilla, Edwards also commented on the future of the royal family. "He's got his son William and his wonderful wife, Catherine. They're following on and they've got lovely children, George and Charlotte and Louis. So the royal family's in pretty good shape," he said.
The royal photographer's extensive experience and his candid insights into King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla offer a rare glimpse into the personalities of these key figures in the British monarchy. Through his lens and unique perspective, Edwards has captured the essence of a royal couple poised to make a lasting impact.