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

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesChris Jackson shared his favourite photo (not pictured) of Kate Middleton with INSIDER.

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 compiled some of his best photos of the royal family for a new book titled “Modern Monarchy: The British Royal Family Today.” INSIDER asked him to pick out some of his most memorable shots from 2018.

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

Kate middleton prince louisChris Jackson/Getty ImagesChris Jackson’s favourite photo of Middleton from this year is a lovely moment with Prince Louis.

“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 said 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 said. “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.”

Kate middleton prince louisChris Jackson/Getty Images‘The image really speaks for itself.’

Middleton spent much of the year tending to her royal duties when she wasn’t on maternity leave, and she wore some incredible 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 said.

Read more: Kate Middleton wore a stunning dress that made her look like an angel

Kate middleton norwayChris Jackson/Getty ImagesMiddleton’s caped gown was one of her most princess-like looks yet.

Jackson said 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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