Meghan Markle walking down the aisle is best royal snap of the year

Stunning shot of Meghan Markle illuminated by sunlight as she walks down the aisle at St George’s Chapel is crowned the BEST royal photo of the year

  • Picture taken by Danny Lawson for the Press Association won NMA’s Royal Rota photography competition
  • Snap of Duke and Duchess of Sussex in carriage from above also won special category dedicated to couple  
  • Other pictures shortlisted included one of Prince Philip raising his hat following his final royal engagement   

A stunning photograph of Meghan Markle illuminated in light as she walks down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel has been chosen as the best royal snap of the year.

The incredible shot, taken by Danny Lawson for the Press Association, beat a snap of the Duchess of Cambridge gazing lovingly at Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing, and a photograph of Prince Philip lifting his hat following his last official engagement, to the top spot.

NMA’s Royal Rota photography competition attracted entries from a range of royal events over the past 12 months, including Harry and Meghan’s engagement announcement, and the Star Wars premiere.

Members of the public voted for their favourite images from the selection to create a shortlist which was put before a panel of judges.

This year, the NMA also included a special category for photographs of Harry and Meghan together to celebrate their whirlwind year.  

Photographer Yui Mok won this competition with a shot of the royal couple from above as they held hands during their carriage procession through Windsor on May 19.

The snap delighted fans in May, due to the heart shape formed by the way the couple sat.  

This stunning picture of Meghan Markle walking down the aisle of St George’s Chapel on May 19, captured by Danny Lawson, has been chosen as the best royal photograph of the year in NMA’s Royal Rota photography competition

Photographer Yui Mok’s shot of Harry and Meghan holding hands during their carriage procession through Windsor won a special category dedicated to pictures of the couple. It delighted fans in May due to the heart shape formed by their positions

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    The competition, run by the NMA, included the special category to celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s whirlwind year. Pictured: another photograph by winner Danny Lawson of the couple’s first kiss

    Other snaps shortlisted in the public vote included Jeremy Selywn’s picture of the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing with Prince Louis in April

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      A beaming Queen was captured by photographer Chris Jackson as she visited the Royal College of Physicians in February 

      Prince Philip was captured lifting his hat in this striking photograph by Hannah McKay, as he attended his final solo engagement, a parade to mark the finale of the Royal Marines 1664 Global Challenge last August 

      Many of the pictures shortlisted are of the Duchess of Sussex, the newest member of the royal family. She was captured in this shot by photographer Dominic Lipinsk, during her visit to Brixton in January 

      A photograph taken of Prince Harry and Meghan by Eddie Mulholland following the couple’s engagement announcement in November also featured among the selection

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        An image taken by Andrew Matthews showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerging from St George’s Chapel as husband and wife in May was also selected for the competition

        Prince William and Prince Harry looked delighted as they came face-to-face with droid BB-8 at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in London in December, in an image captured by photographer Eddie Mulholland 

        The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Judi Dench were seen sharing an ice cream together in an image taken by Andrew Matthews on the Isle of Wight in July 

        Prime Minister Theresa May sparked headlines as she was captured doing a low curtsy while greeting Prince William at Amiens Cathedral, France. The picture was taken by photographer Yui Mok

        Meghan looked embarrassed as she covered her face at the Royal Foundation Forum in February, along with Harry, Kate and William. The picture was taken by photographer Chris Jackson 

        Photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their carriage procession through Windsor also feature, including this shot of them taken by Craig Hibbert 

        Another shot of Harry and Meghan on their wedding day in May, taken by photographer Adrian Dennis, was also selected as part of the competition

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