Swedish Royal visit to London
On assignment for the Swedish Embassy in London I covered the first day of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s 2 day visit to London & Cambridge, they were accompanied by Swedish Trade Minister Ewa Björling.
The day’s events began with a visit to Hackney Community College in East London where they were given information about the college’s apprenticeship scheme. The scheme aims to help the college’s students get a foot in the labour market. It was the college’s second royal visit in two days – as the Duke of York had visited just one day earlier.
The visit continued by visiting IT start-up companies and Google Campus. They had a police escort through London and being in one of the cars in the motorcade it was a cool experience being able to drive through London within minutes – it was impressive how the armed motorcycle escorts from the (SEG) Special Escort Group forged a path through the dense traffic.
Lunch was held at Level 39, in Canary Wharf, which sits at the heart of Tech City. The panoramic views over London were amazing. It was here I was able to take a candid image of the Royal Couple that I was pleased with – a silhouette taken when they had a few moments alone enjoying the views.
Leaving Canary Wharf they went to City Hall to meet London Mayor Boris Johnson. As I was the Embassy photographer I was also chosen as the ‘Press Pool Photographer’ and I took images on behalf of all the leading picture agencies: Press Association, Getty Images, Associated Press, Empics & TT Nyhetsbyrån.
Pool photos are generally used if only one photographer is allowed into an event … I have been a pool photographer on a number of occasions and it is a double-edged sword to be chosen, it is rewarding to know your your fellow colleagues are confident in your ability and yet you can never mess up – ever. Period.
Princess Victoria caused a stir in the UK fashion press as she wore on the 1st day an ‘on trend’ monochrome dress and on the 2nd day in Cambridge several pieces from the much anticipated yet-to-launch Isabel Marant for the H&M collection.