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Vancouver photographer's 'imperfect' Royal photo makes for perfect internet fodder

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A Vancouver photographer assigned to the Royal tour is getting a chuckle out of the suggestive spin placed on one of his images showing an encounter between the Duchess of Cambridge and Canada's Prime Minister.

Andrew Chin with Getty Images said he found one internet interpretation of his photo of Justin Trudeau greeting a coy-looking Kate, "hilarious".

"The face you make when you're married to a prince but you meet Justin Trudeau," reads a post by Robert Pictou, suggesting Kate may have been hit by Trudeaumania.

The internet seems to be loving it — it's now been shared more than 85,000 times on Facebook alone.

This meme created by Mtl Blog has been shared more than 9,800 times based on an initial post by Robert Pictou which has been shared more than 85,000 times. © Andrew Chin/Getty Images/Mtl Blog/Facebook This meme created by Mtl Blog has been shared more than 9,800 times based on an initial post by Robert Pictou which has been shared more than 85,000 times.

Chin said when he took the photo Saturday outside the entrance of the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., it was an "innocent" moment but Kate happened to brush away her hair mid-conversation with Trudeau.

"I actually didn't want to send this photo out to the world but I thought, hey it was cute," said the photographer who called his photo technically imperfect.

It came as a surprise to him Thursday morning to see his photo had taken over social media and then was picked up by American tabloids such as Us Weekly.

"I think it's really hilarious, it's just funny," he said about the creative caption.

Andrew Chin's original photo of Kate, Will, Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. © Andrew Chin/Getty Images Andrew Chin's original photo of Kate, Will, Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

Chin said he didn't even think he had a productive shoot on Saturday.

"I was looking for the perfect moment between Kate and Prince William, but it so happens this ended up being the shot around the world."

This whole ordeal has taught the self-professed "picky" photographer a lesson: it's not just about lighting, technical issues, and composition — even an "accidental" photo can end up being a hit.

This photo was captured moments later showing an equally expressive Kate but, with her attention focused this time on Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. © Andrew Chin/Getty Images This photo was captured moments later showing an equally expressive Kate but, with her attention focused this time on Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

"When I'm shooting ... you want everything to be perfect and polished but sometimes in moments like this, it's very difficult and you have to capture what is an interesting moment."

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