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The royal family's photographer says his favorite picture of Kate Middleton from 2018 'stirs up a lot of emotions'

INSIDER logoINSIDER 12/10/2018 Daniel Boan
a man standing next to a woman © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate Middleton has kept as busy and influential as ever in 2018, and Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson has been there almost every step of the way.

Jackson has compiled some of his best photos of the royal family in a new book entitled "Modern Monarchy: The British Royal Family Today." INSIDER asked him to pick out some of the most memorable shots from 2018.

When it comes to photos of the Duchess of Cambridge from this year, his favorite is this sweet moment following Prince Louis' birth in April.

a woman eating a sandwich © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"This image really speaks for itself, the love between a mother and her son," Jackson told INSIDER.

In the photo, taken hours after giving birth on April 23, Middleton can be seen gazing at her newborn son as she stands on the steps of the Lindo Wing of London's St. Mary's Hospital. It's a moment that Jackson says he can relate to as a parent.

"As somebody with a child on the way this image really stirs up a lot of emotions in me," he told us. "Every birth at the Lindo Wing is an exciting time and none less so than the birth of Prince Louis. An exciting time for all involved."

a woman in a red shirt © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Middleton spent much of the year tending to her royal duties when she wasn't on maternity leave, and she wore some already iconic outfits in the process. Jackson thinks one of her most memorable is the "incredibly elegant" Alexander McQueen gown she wore to a state dinner at the Norwegian Royal Palace in February.

"It's certainly been a fascinating year from a sartorial angle and it's always great to capture the different styles of all the royals and see the interest it generates around the world," he told INSIDER. 

a person wearing a dress and standing in front of a building © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The world seemed to be particularly enamored with the royal family this year, and Jackson says it's moments like these that make his job both eventful and totally worth it.

"It's a lot of work but I'm so grateful to be in this position capturing moments that the royal family and the wider world appreciate," Jackson said. "I love what I do."

"Modern Monarchy: The British Royal Family Today" is available now.

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