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19 candid snaps of the Royal Family taken by Brits

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 09/05/2018 Laura Hampson

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding just under two weeks away, Photobox have commissioned a nationwide project to commemorate the occasion.

They asked Brits to send in their best amateur royal photos – pictures of the Royal Family taken at one of the over 50,000 engagements they have attended since WWII.

Whether these be photos from smartphones or scanned uploads of photos from albums, over 2,000 images were submitted, dating back to Queen Victoria in the 1890's.

The result is a unique photographic biography of the Royal Family - and for the first time as seen through the amateur camera lenses of the Great British public over the last century.

Over 300 of the best photographs and their anecdotes have been selected for inclusion in the book, called The Crown from the Crowd, which was published on May 8. All proceeds from the book will go to charity Help for Heroes.

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The photos include stunning pictures of the Queen, Princess Diana and newest royal Meghan Markle - along with many others of the rest of the family.

Royal expert Jennie Bond said in a statement: “Prince Harry’s choice of bride – and the way she has been welcomed into the Royal Family graphically illustrates how far the monarchy has come since 1936 when Edward VIII was forced to choose between his love for another American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and the throne.

"Evidence of this evolution can be clearly seen across the pages of this brilliant new book. The great charm is that the photos taken by the crowds over many decades capture all too rare moments when members of the Royal Family look genuinely relaxed and unguarded.

"I think it’s a wonderful gift from the people to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan’s marriage and I hope they enjoy leafing through these informal photos from private collections as much as I have.”

You can see a selection of the images included above and you can purchase the book here crownfromthecrowd.com.

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