The official photo of the royal family on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day will be seen as a seminal moment in the history of the British monarchy, according to one expert.
The stunning snap shows the Queen and the next FOUR in line to the throne: Princes Charles, William, George and the three-year-old Princess Charlotte.
Prince Louis, just one month old, was absent from the days events.
James Brookes, director of communications at Royal Central , said the photo, one of three released by Kensington Palace, will be seen as turning point for the monarchy in 50 years time.
Speaking to MirrorOnline he said: "70 years ago the monarchy almost collapsed because a king wanted to marry an American divorcee.
"He was shunned forever for it.
"Now we have a beautiful official photo featuring not just an American divorcee but an American divorcee who is mixed race, something else which is rare with the royal family.
"It is hard overstate just how important this photo could prove to be.
"It points to the fact it was a modern wedding, something both Harry and Meghan wanted to have.
"They wanted to put their own stamp on the wedding and they did but they are both still aware of the tradition Harry’s family is steeped in.
"They’re not shying away from that but they are showing the royal family is open to change."
The pictures, taken by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski , are significantly different from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding photos from 2011 – which are more formal.
James says that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, ages 33 and 36 respectively, are likely to have more freedom to break with tradition than Harry’s older brother who is second in line to the throne.
"The shape of the royal family is going to change dramatically over the next 10 to 15 years.
"The Queen and Prince Philip will no longer be with us, Charles will be king and Prince William will take over as Prince of Wales.
"William and Kate know what’s coming so they are sometimes a little bit more reserved. They want to make sure they can take on the baton.
"Harry and Meghan have less pressure on them because it is unlikely they will be on the throne.
"But they will still hold a lot of power on how the royal family moves with the time.
"You could tell from the ceremony, which was magnificent, they want to bring about change.
"And this photo shows that, it shows that they are open to change, however slowly it may be.
"We don’t know what the future holds, perhaps a gay member of the royal family perhaps even a gay royal wedding .
"It may not happen overnight but the wedding and this photo could well mark when that change became real."
Photographer Mr Lubomirski said: "It has been an incredible honour and privilege to document The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding and family portraits on Saturday.
“This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily never forget."
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