My Best Shot

11 Fe­bru­ary 1992 Agra, In­dia Nikon F4

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The Sun’s Royal pho­tog­ra­pher, Arthur Ed­wards, shares his favourite shot

“I don’t re­ally have a favourite shot,” says The Sun’s Arthur Ed­wards. “I have so many lovely pho­tos that it’s im­pos­si­ble to sin­gle out just one. The pic­ture I’m best known for is the one from Septem­ber 1980 of Diana in the kin­der­garten with the see-through dress. She would have been 53 this year; she was 19 then. I re­mem­ber it like it was yes­ter­day. Ev­ery time I go past that place I still think of that day.” While the pic­ture that in­tro­duced the fu­ture Princess of Wales may be Arthur’s best-known pho­to­graph, it is an­other pho­to­graph when her mar­riage with Prince Charles was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, that he prefers to sin­gle out for N-Photo.

“A pic­ture that re­ally makes me smile is of the princess at the Red Fort in Agra in In­dia. The main pic­ture of the day was of her sit­ting in front of the Taj Ma­hal. She was alone that day be­cause Prince Charles was else­where and there was a lot of talk about their mar­riage be­ing in trou­ble. So all the pho­tog­ra­phers started set­ting up early at the Taj Ma­hal and waited there.” In­stead of join­ing his fel­low snap­pers, Arthur de­cided to go to the Red Fort, which Diana was vis­it­ing first. “It turned out I was the only pho­tog­ra­pher go­ing to the Red Fort, which was good be­cause it was an ex­clu­sive and it gave me time to think about the pho­to­graph. You don’t of­ten get a chance to do that!”

The Red Fort stands above the banks of the Ya­muna River, with views of the Taj Ma­hal be­yond. “You could see the Taj Ma­hal about a mile away so I wanted that in the back­ground,” he re­calls. “It was just us, and the princess said: ‘Where do you want me, Arthur?’ I said, ‘Just there, by the para­pets.’ She folds her arms and gives me this won­der­ful smile. To me, it was a ter­rific mo­ment.” Arthur used a Nikon F4 and 80-200mm zoom at full length. He stopped the lens down to f/22 to keep the Taj Ma­hal recog­nis­able. It was to be their next stop.

“When she left the Red Fort I jumped into the con­voy of cars with her to go to the Taj Ma­hal, so I got the pic­ture of her at the Taj like ev­ery­one else.”

The re­ac­tion

Al­though the pic­tures of Princess Diana sit­ting alone in front of the Taj Ma­hal were cir­cu­lated world­wide, Arthur re­mains unimpressed: “When I see the Taj Ma­hal pic­ture I think it’s a bor­ing pic­ture. She looks pen­sive, she’s sit­ting on a bench on her own with the Taj Ma­hal be­hind her. I had the Prince of Wales there in the same spot in 1980 and I thought that was a re­ally bor­ing pic­ture too!”

That pho­to­graph and Arthur’s ex­clu­sive of the princess at the Red Fort were both used by The Sun. Later that year, the Prince and Princess of Wales an­nounced their sep­a­ra­tion. They di­vorced in 1996. Diana died the fol­low­ing year.

Keith Wil­son

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