01/05/2011 07:58 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Official Royal Wedding Pics Released - And Why They Point To A Happy Future

Both the Middletons and the royal family gathered at Clarence House for the official royal wedding photos: AP

Kate and William's official royal wedding pics have been released - and have, somewhat unsurprisingly, been compared to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's official pics, which were also taken at Buckingham Palace.

The grand decor of the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace is the same - but some have pointed out that the pictures reflect the differences in their relationship, with Kate's beaming smile giving away her total happiness, and Diana's shy smile leaving her looking a little detached.

Kate and William's pictures were taken by the royals' favourite photographer, Hugo Burnand, who's been entrusted with capturing many of the Royals' most important occasions in recent years, including Prince Charles's 60th birthday and his marriage to Camilla. He has also taken pictures of the Queen and Princes William and Harry on previous occasions.

Kate and William posed for official royal wedding pics in the same place as his mother and father 30 years ago. Photo: AP

An Old Harrovian and seasoned society photographer, Mr Burnand represents a more traditional choice than Mario Testino, who shot the happy couple for their engagement photos.

However, Mr Burnand has photographed his share of A-listers, including Bill Clinton, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Baroness Thatcher, Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson. He was also responsible for taking the pictures at the 1996 wedding of David and Samantha Cameron.

The Royal Wedding commission was a big deal for the London-based father of four, who has worked at Tatler magazine since 1993.

He described it to the Daily Mail as 'the gig of the century', adding: 'It was amazing, incredible, and there were a couple of moments where I did pinch myself.'

Of the mood in the Throne Room, he said: 'From where I was, and from their point of view, it was two families coming together and that was the feeling – the sense of family and love going between everyone.'

He described the happy couple as 'just so nice as individuals and as a pair', and revealed that Kate, who has worked as a photographer for her parents' company Party Pieces, had contributed her own ideas for the pictures.

Hugo Burnand got to know Prince William when he photographed him on his polo pony and at Windsor Castle as part of the wedding party for his father's second marriage in 2005.

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