Technology and certain norms may have changed, but the royal portraits and the interest in them have stayed relatively constant for centuries. Here is our rundown of the most iconic engagement announcements that the British Royal family has seen over the years, and how the photograph style has changed from being formal to intimate through the passage of time.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

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The Queen took after her parents when it came to her engagement to Prince Philip. The pair also stood apart with their eyes forward in 1947.

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones

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She and Antony Armstrong-Jones sat close by one another in the royal gardens while Antony gazed at Margaret, and one image even showed the Princess delicately picking a flower.

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips

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The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne was the first to touch her betrothed in her engagement photo. She and her fiancee Lt Mark Phillips gazed into one another’s eyes as they held hands in 1973.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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When Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their engagement in 1981 the news was accompanied by a posed image in a photography studio, which showed the young Lady Diana Spencer draped across the Prince.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson shared a similar joie de vivre at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement in March 1986. Sarah pulled funny faces at the camera and even leaned in for a kiss on Andrew’s cheek.

Prince Charles and Camilla 

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After being married to Princess Diana and then divorcing her, Prince Charles found love again in the form of Camilla Parker-Bowles. Their engagement announcement was a formal event, but the couple was all smiles when they got clicked by the media and press. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Apart from the mandatory hand holding, Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photo was full of charm and warmth, as the couple smiled their way through their engagement announcement in the State Apartments of St. James Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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One of the most talked after events of late 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photo was absolutely adored by fans and followers worldwide, given how much in-love the royal couple looked in their announcement pictures.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

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The latest royal to join the wagon of engagement photos was Princess Eugenie, who got engaged to her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank. Princess Eugenie, who is the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, gushed and looked ravishing in her engagement announcement pictures with fiancee Jack.

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