It's Monday morning, but we're still riding that high from the royal wedding. The dress! The tiara! The walk down the aisle! THE KISS!!!! Just when you thought we'd seen all of the OMG-worthy sights, Buckingham Palace has released the official portraits of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and they look like they've been pulled straight out of the pages of a fairytale.
After the ceremony and carriage ride, the newlyweds snapped their first official photos as husband and wife. The pictures were taken by photographer Alexi Lumbroski, who was behind the lens for the couple's engagement photos, too. "Three months ago I had the other biggest assignment in my career," Lubomirski said of the shots he took at Frogmore House. "I was more than happy to have done the royal engagement pictures. Then we were, luckily enough, my wife and I were lucky enough, to be invited to the wedding."
He says he was less nervous for the engagement photos, because no one knew he was doing them, but this time—the pressure was on! Based on how the photos came out, though, it's clear he lived up to the (high) expectations.
It's customary for royal couples to take a set of official photos shortly after their ceremony. According to Kensington Palace, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra's wedding (then Prince and Princess of Wales) was the first royal wedding to be photographed in 1863, and the tradition has held up for the last century and a half. In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton took theirs in the throne room of Buckingham Palace looking just as fairytale-esque as their brother and new sister-in-law.
Despite how beautifully these portraits turned out, it's apparently not so easy to get a decent photo of the couple, but the reason why is absolutely adorable. "Ms. Markle and Prince Harry are very much in love, in fact, it’s hard for me to capture a picture of them each alone because they always either locked in each other’s gazes or joined hands," Shuttershock's royal photographer Tim Rooke, who was not involved in the official portraits but has been photographing the royals for two decades, told InStyle.
It's safe to say that this set of shots of the happy couple and their family will definitely go down in history.