Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) laughs as Queen Elizabeth gestures while they watch a children's sports event in Nottingham, Britain in this June 13, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE/FILES

Kate Middleton has found appreciation regarding her photography skills from none other than Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait photographer, Hugo Rittson Thomas. The royal photographer released his new book “The Queen’s People” in London on Tuesday. Rittson Thomas said the Duchess of Cambridge had what it takes to produce great quality photos.

“I was quite taken aback by her knowledge of photography. She asked a lot of technical questions about what I was doing and the set up — she almost caught me out a few times actually,” said the lensman. Rittson Thomas. He was speaking in an interview with People about an encounter with Kate in 2012 during a photo session of her husband Prince William.

Talking about the pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte clicked by their mom, Rittson Thomas was all praise for the 34-year-old royal. He said the photographs taken by Kate “were wonderful” and “beautifully shot. He added that through her lens, she “captured the joy, happiness and youth of her children which is a wonderful thing and sometimes hard to do as a parent.”

Rittson Thomas said that if Kate had not married into royalty, and if “circumstances had been different; she could definitely have had a career in photography.” He added that the mother-of-two has a lot of talent. Kate studied art history at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland.

During royal tours and engagements she is seen taking pictures on her Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The queen also had the habit of clicking pictures of her family.

Royal watchers and fan alike have seen the photos shared by Kate on the occasion of Charlotte’s birthday. Kensington Palace released pictures of the one-year-old, a day prior to her birthday on May 2 taken by Kate. Besides, she has also gone behind the lens to take picture of George on his birthday, during his first day in nursery school and when little George held his baby sister in his arms when she was just six-months-old.

Rittson Thomas has spent the last four years working on his new book. It features 42 portraits of the queen and various members of the royal household. Kate does not feature in the book as she was pregnant with George during that time. “The Queen’s People,” has been published by Assouline, and the hand-bound limited edition book is available from May 24 and costs $845.