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Harry and Meghan's Photographer Revealed the Real Reason Prince George Was Grinning in That Royal Wedding Portrait

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 5/23/2018 Stacey Leasca
Meghan Markle et al. posing for a photo © Courtesy of Kensington Palace via Twitter

The First Official Royal Wedding Portraits Are Here and No One Looks Happier Than Prince George Sure, the royal wedding is done, the streets of Windsor have been cleaned up, and the royals have all gone home, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over just yet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their official royal wedding photos on Monday on Instagram, delighting fans and followers with three different snapshots from their big day.

The first showcased the entire senior royal family looking regal as ever, and the third featured just Harry and Meghan sitting on some steps looking very much in love.

But, the second photo in the series, shot by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, is what really stole the show.

That photo depicts the couple surrounded by their wedding party, including some seriously adorable page boys and bridesmaids. The photo is warm, inviting, and clearly filled with joy. But just how did he get Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the rest of the crew to beam with that much happiness? With candy, of course.

"[The children] were being bribed with one Smartie here, one Smartie there," Lubomirski told Reuters in a new behind-the-scenes interview. "So as soon as the kids came on to the set, I immediately just shouted out, 'Who likes Smarties?' and then everybody, hands up, smiles; even some adults put their hands up, so that was our magic word of the day."

Of the entire shoot, Lubomirski said: "The atmosphere in the room was obviously very joyful; there were a lot of smiles. It was like a family room after the wedding. Some parents were trying to wrangle their children, other uncles and aunts were talking to their nephews and nieces. It was a family."

Lubomirski, who happens to be a polish prince himself, is obviously talented at capturing perfect moments. Not only did he shoot the couple’s engagement photos, but he also captured that last stunning shot of the new royal pair on the steps as his very last shot of the day.

"It was just one of those magical moments," he said. "She just slumped in between his legs. "And there was this moment where they were laughing, because they were joking about how they were exhausted and finally it was over." He added, "It wasn't until I actually got back to the hotel that I looked at it, and it was just like, amazing. So, one very happy moment."

Related: 10 Best Moments From Meghan and Harry's Royal Wedding [Provided by Dailymotion]

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