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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton release official engagement photos

By Liz Kelly

(Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Images)

Over the weekend, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton (as the Clarence House Press Office directed she be identified) released a handful of "official engagement portraits."

The pix were shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino, who photographed the prince's mother -- Princess Diana -- many times and is a go-to guy for high-fashion shoots and celebrity cover shots.

"I am very happy to have been asked to cover this historic moment that the whole world was waiting for," said Testino. "They are in their prime and brimming with happiness. I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together."

Okay, well, that's sad. But maybe the guy is sick and tired of shooting fashion mag covers? Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anne Hathaway are perhaps like interchangeable mannequins to him at this point and he's longing for a humble career as a wedding photographer?

It could happen.

Source: The Associated Press

See more pix from the shoot after the jump...

P.S. The creme dress Kate sports in the more formal pix is already selling out in the U.K.

By Liz Kelly  | December 13, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  Royals  | Tags:  Kate Middleton, Prince William  
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Mario Testino offers up a assessment of these two human beings who he had the opportunity to meet and work with - as to their hapiness in each other's company - and the best Liz Kelly can come up with is "that's sad".

Wow, Ms. Kelly - that's "sad" of you. And rude, too. To disparage Mr. Testino's personal comments and to suggest that there is something menial or of lesser importance than two people being happily in love. Arrogantly dismissive of you, Ms. Kelly. I take Mr. Testino on his word. And I am happy for both of them. So should YOU, Ms. Kelly.

Posted by: eastcomom | December 13, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

They really look happy.

Posted by: forgetthis | December 13, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

It's so refreshing to see a woman who loves a man for himself and not for material gain. William is just another working stiff like the rest of us, it's not like he's the heir to the British throne or someth... oh.

Posted by: OneWhoSpeaksTruth | December 13, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

OK, I admit it. I think it's sweet. They're adorable and they look happy.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 13, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

WP readers who regularly read Liz Kelly's column already know what a bitter shrew she is. She just needs a cheesecake and a Midol.

Posted by: htimothyjones1 | December 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I'm too much of a sap but I think Testino's comments were lovely. Remember, he's the one who took those black and white photos of Diana, William and Harry months before she died. Maybe he's just nostalgic that the boy he once knew is going to be a married man. Time flies.

Posted by: Pearlsb4Swine1 | December 13, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The pictures are beautiful!

Were you trying to be funny, Liz? Cause it did come across as a little shallow. I bet it is more meaningful to take pictures of someone you have known as he grew up with the love of his life than to take pictures of superficially pretty models and actresses (who let's be honest, aren't that interesting unless they are reading from a script).

Posted by: Amelia5 | December 13, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the in-laws leave them alone and let them be. That engagement ring is too eerie for me, though. I just think back the early 1980's...

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