Royal photographer reveals Kate's favorite royal wedding pic

A stroke of good luck! Royal family photographer Samir Hussein admitted that one of his best pictures came from an unplanned moment — and it's the Duchess of Cambridge's all-time favourite snap.

The award-winning photographer reflected on capturing an iconic photo of Kate approaching Westminster Abbey on her wedding day nine years ago. "It just came about really quickly," he told US Weekly exclusively. "I think there were some quite big crowds outside, outside the abbey. A lot of people being camping out for days and days. And I think she just wanted to acknowledge the crowds, but also with it being such an enormous event, the cameras and stuff."

Though many moments of the royal wedding were carefully rehearsed and precisely planned, Hussein remembered this perfect snapshot as the result of a major coincidence. "She was just acknowledging all of those around her," he explained. "It was really nice when she turned straight in my direction and waved sort of straight down the barrel of my lens, and I gave a big smile."

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Britain's Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton walk in RAF Cranwell, England after William received his RAF wings from his father the Prince of Wales Friday April 11, 2008. Prince William was presented with his ceremonial pilot's wings Friday by his father Prince Charles, as he graduated as a military pilot and followed in the footsteps of a host of his royal ancestors. The young prince's girlfriend Kate Middleton and his father's wife, Camilla, watched on as William passed out with his class of colleagues. (AP Photo/Michael Dunlea, Pool)
** FILE ** Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton watch the England against Italy Six Nation rugby match at Twickenham stadium in London, in this Saturday Feb. 10, 2007 file photo. Prince William and former girlfriend Kate Middleton have resumed their relationship, British newspapers reported Sunday. The couple, who announced in April they had split, attended a party at an army barracks together earlier this month, newspapers claimed. William, 25, has also invited Middleton to attend a memorial concert to his late mother, Princess Diana, to be held at London's Wembley Stadium next Sunday, the Mail on Sunday reported. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Prince William listens to his girlfriend Kate Middleton, during his graduating ceremony for advance helicopter training, at the Royal Air Force base at Shawbury, England, Friday Jan. 15, 2010. The Prince completed the flying aspects of the course in December, including around 80 hours of training on the Griffin HT1 helicopter. His training included Advanced Handling; Night Flying; Emergency Handling and Tactical and Formation Flying, and he will begin the Search and Rescue Conversion Course in Wales in late January. Prince William received the award from his father Prince Charles who was presenting flying badges to all graduates of the course.(AP Photo/Marc Giddings, pool)
** FILE ** Britain's Prince William, center, his girlfriend Kate Middleton and brother Prince Harry watch an England versus Italy Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham stadium in London, in this Saturday Feb. 10, 2007 file photograph. Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton have ended their relationship, a British newspaper reported Saturday April 14, 2007. The newspaper said the split was caused by the huge pressures on the young couple and because of William's career in the army. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy attend Tidworth Polo Club on July 15, 2006 in Tidworth, Hampshire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Prince William (left) leaves the wedding of his stepmother The Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes with his girlfriend Kate Middleton (right) and his brother Prince Harry in a minibus. (Photo by Chris Ison - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R) stands beside girlfriend Kate Middleton (L) in the paddock enclosure on the first day of the Cheltenham Race Festival at Cheltenham Race course, in Gloucestershire 13 March 2007. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William (standing left) on his birthday with girlfriend Kate Middleton (standing right) watch the William De Broe Polo Test Match featuring England v New Zealand at the Beaufort Polo Club near Westonbirt. England won the match 6-4. (Photo by Barry Batchelor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
FILE -- June 23 2005 file photos of Kate Middleton, left, and Britain's Prince William after their graduation ceremony at St Andrews University, in Scotland. Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of St Andrews to cheer Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton as they returned to the university where their romance began, Friday Feb. 25, 2011. The couple, who will marry on April 29, were given a warm welcome by the large crowd who turned out to see them on their first official engagement in Scotland.(AP Photo/Michael Dunlea, pool, file)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 19: Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton use a T-bar drag lift whilst on a skiing holiday on March 19, 2008 in Klosters, Switzerland. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 19: Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton use a T-bar drag lift whilst on a skiing holiday on March 19, 2008 in Klosters, Switzerland. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 19: Prince William and girlfriend Kate Middleton use a T-bar drag lift whilst on a skiing holiday on March 19, 2008 in Klosters, Switzerland. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
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NORTHLEACH, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Kate Middleton and Prince William attend Harry Meade & Rosie Bradford's wedding at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on October 23, 2010 in Northleach near Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
NORTHLEACH, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Kate Middleton and Prince William attend Harry Meade & Rosie Bradford's wedding at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on October 23, 2010 in Northleach near Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
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Kate's wedding to Prince William added some beautiful photographs to the royal family's collection, and the Duchess of Cambridge has a soft spot for this particular picture. "I've been told that that's one of her favourites," Hussein said. "It was actually used by the Royal collection when the dress went on display at Buckingham palace for all our advertising ... That picture was on the Underground, on big posters and billboards all around London. I think she had a big hand [in that]."

As he's gotten to know Kate and William, 37, over the years, Hussein has noticed the royal couple opening up to him more and being more comfortable around the camera. Having been on a number of different tours with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the photographer has seen the pair shed the strict expectations of "royal protocol" and becoming "much more relaxed" than people might expect.

"They tend to be a bit more jokey," he said. "They're just a lot more relaxed, so I think that's where I get a lot of my best pictures and you can see a bit more of their personality come out."

- This article first appeared on US Weekly

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