"They are in their prime and brimming with happiness. I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together."With these words snapper-to-the-stars Mario Testino described what's plain for all to see in his historic photographs.Prince William and Kate Middleton are intimate and at ease in these newly-released shots, taken to mark their engagment.One formal picture shows the couple smiling in a suit and dress and the other more relaxed image sees the prince cuddling up to his fiancée, whom he will marry on April 29 next year.
The pictures were chosen by the couple following a photoshoot last month - a week after they had announced their happy news. They were taken in the council chamber of the state apartment of St James's palace.Peruvian-born Mario, who created some of the most iconic images of William's mother Princess Diana, also photographed the Prince on his 21st birthday in 2003. And a year later, for Harry's 20th birthday, he snapped the royal brothers joking with their father.Prince Charles posed for a Testino portrait in 2001 and again five years later to mark his first wedding anniversary to Camilla.