Pose like royalty — the eight poses of the royal family

When it comes to posing for a family photo, we could all learn a thing or two from the royals – now experts are offering tips on how to do just that.

Photography experts at ParrotPrint.com have trawled through decades of official royal family images to collate a guide of the best poses to employ when creating the perfect group shot.

Methods the British Royal Family use to assert their status, such as slanting their legs, taking a wide stance, or clasping their hands are just some of the techniques anyone can adopt to improve the quality of their photos.

A spokesperson from ParrotPrint.com has said: “There’s a lot to consider when it comes to creating the perfect family photo and it’s a skill the royals have got down to a fine art. Knowing how to pose for a photo can cause more stress than you first thought. From controlling the kids to getting height order correct, there are plenty of things to consider. The perfect pose can be achieved by a variety of methods, and who better to look at as examples of this than our own royal family?”

Posing like royalty

  • Hands behind back. Often adopted by Prince Charles, this pose is a simple one which also nicely adjusts posture by forcing you to stand with a straighter back, as your hands are clasped and naturally fall behind you.
  • Clasped hands. Queen Elizabeth II’s signature pose, clasping your hands together near your waist is sufficient for keeping a handbag accessory in place.
  • The Duchess Slant. This pose was named after Kate Middleton once she attended public royal engagements after joining the royal family. It was further emphasized as intentional when Meghan Markle also began attending these engagements and adopted the same pose. It involves sitting up straight with legs placed parallel and slanted to one side.
  • Wide stance. The opposite to his wife Kate Middleton’s pose, Prince William mostly poses with his legs placed wide apart.
  • Crossed legs. For younger children, adopting a cross legged stance can help to keep fidgeting under control. Prince George has taken this on as his signature pose, despite his young age.
  • ¾ angle. This is a go-to pose to ensure that subjects are captured in their most flattering angles. By facing the camera and then turning your face and body slightly to the side, it makes for a less monotonous pose.
  • Hand tucked in suit jacket. This is more of a rogue one that Prince Harry tends to do. Tucking one hand in a suit jacket or waistcoat, it can make for a more natural stance.
  • Sitting at different levels. To avoid a rigid photo, or to organize bigger groups, pictures can be made more natural by using chairs and ledges to place people at different heights.