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Kiss photo 'a request from William'

The Duke of Cambridge put in a special request for a wedding day picture - with one of Fleet Street's famous royal photographers.

Arthur Edwards, who has been covering the Royal Family for more than 30 years, was asked to take William and Kate's photograph as they kissed on Buckingham Palace's balcony.

In an interview for Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the Sun photographer describes how the Duke's private secretary asked him to take the snap, which also made it on to his newspaper's front page.

Edwards also reveals a royal wedding day hitch which went virtually unnoticed - William drove his wife away from Buckingham Palace in his father's prized sports car with the handbrake still on.

Describing his plans for the royal nuptials in April, the photographer told presenter Kirsty Young: "I wanted the picture outside in the Palace forecourt... to do the balcony, because you know great things have happened on that balcony."

He added: "I pulled quite a good pass but it was outside the Abbey, but I wanted to be outside the Palace.

"In fact, I'll tell you now - I haven't told anybody else this - it was fixed because William asked me to do the pictures for him and Kate."

He added that it was an "absolute pleasure" to fulfil the request while still working for his newspaper.

Edwards has built up a close working relationship with the Prince of Wales during many decades of photographing the heir to the throne.

He told Young that he spoke to Charles about William borrowing his Aston Martin DB6 sports car and asked if he was worried.

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