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Photographs of Kate Middleton in Grimsby
Yes folks today was the day, the Duchess of Cambridge, or Princess Kate as the kids called her, came to town.
How did it go and are the photographs any good . . .

It didn’t start well !
The warmest, brightest day of the year the forecasters predicted, the result ground frost and freezing fog !

I decided on the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, rather than Havelock School or Peake’s Lane Fire Station, as my venue of choice and was there at 9.30am to ensure a good spot for Kate’s arrival at 11.35.
I got a decent spot but couldn’t then move so I stood in the same 2 foot square place surrounded by a freezing foggy mist for 2 hours - only to learn she was delayed, couldn’t land due to fog.

Being a paparazzo for the day wasn’t quite as exciting as you’d imagine, another long wait and Kate Middleton finally arrived in Grimsby an hour or so late.
Here are the photographs I took at the event, as always, none are cropped, all framed thus.
All are copyright and cannot be used elsewhere without permission.

Kate Middleton Actually Arriving in Grimsby

I hope you now realise just how much I go through for you most cherished readers, actual physical suffering to bring you this content, as I type this I’m still frozen through and ache all over - your sympathies if you please :)

Meeting ‘the Dignitaries’

Half of the ‘dignitaries’ did their best to embarrass the town, I mean . . . you’re being introduced to the future Queen of England and you’re wearing 5 quid shoes, the least you could do is polish them.
Needless to say Austin Mitchell looked the same as he always does :roll:

Paparazzi and Press Photographers Look On

A brief half hour or so inside the Fishing Heritage Centre then ‘Our Kate’, as she now is in Grimsby, came out to say a quick hello to the crowds who had waited patiently for her. She wasn’t there long and I think a few people hardly got to see her, if at all.
It must be really difficult as you simply cannot please everybody.

Flowers and a Teddy Bear ~ Gifts from the Crowd

I have to say she did seem just as she’s painted in the press, very warm, and friendly seemed a genuinely good egg - legs weren’t bad either ;)

Kate Middleton Leaves

The whole event appeared to be a success, barring the weather, and whilst it was a bit of a pain I have to say I’m glad I went - I’m also glad I don’t have to do it for a living like most of the photographers there, not much fun hanging around all day waiting for a brief chance at a shot and praying you get a break position wise.

So, goodbye to Kate Middleton, thanks for coming to Grimsby and giving me the chance of something to photograph
Another day to remember and here she is once more . . .

Princess Kate in Grimsby

Kate Middleton in Grimsby

Comments and opinions more than welcome.
Royally yours,


  1. Jordan said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 4:28 pm


    Great pics, beautiful lady. I love the last one of her smiling at you!

    Well done


  2. v said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    Well your photos are much better than the msn ones of the same occasion, Rod.

    AND, you don’t resort to ridiulous ‘’babybump'’ comments either.

    You are far superior dearest, by a long way. Well done!

  3. Sambo said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    Mr. Rod,

    She certainly is a lovely young woman. Your photographs do her justice. Good job.


  4. Rod said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    thank you, it turned into a nice day, I enjoyed it

  5. Rod said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    thank you, I feel I did as well as could be done, the weather and light were bad and I probably had at most 2 minutes to actually take usable photos, mostly it was her back or police, security, cars etc were in the way.

  6. Rod said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    cheers, she really does seem like her image, very genuine, I think she’lll go from strength to strength
    All the best

  7. Little Brother said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    They are the best photographs of Kate Middleton’s visit to Grimsby on the web. Well done, a hell of a scoop, considering the poor light that day all the better.

  8. The Dinosaur said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    Rod, fantastic photos, well done, you should be proud!

  9. Rod said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    thanks for that, I’ve just been having a look around on the net and I’m happy to take the Pepsi Challenge :)
    Some photographers look to have made good money on mediocre images . . .

  10. Rod said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    thank you, I enjoyed it, quite exciting actually, I suppose it’s primordial, the thrill of the hunt
    There’s just a split second chance for a decently framed shot, if you look at the second shot she had her back to me doing the meet and greet line - some children were chanting ‘we want Kate’ and she looked behind her to smile and acknowledge - that was the split second - no more !
    I enjoyed the challenge

  11. Flinn, Annie Flinn said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Hello Rod,
    After a long absence, I just had to take a peek at your latest work. All of these photos are remarkable, but the last “head shot” is stunning. Perhaps you should apply to become the new family photographer. Here’s your chance to become Sir Rod (In addition to King of Wybers Wood).

    Love your personal retro look, too. Are you available for consultations?

    My best warm wishes to you to help you thaw out.
    Annie Flinn

  12. Rod said,

    March 5, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    I have to be honest and say I’d do pretty much anything for a Knighthood - I know it’s not what it once was but as I Live in the past I’m thinking Knights of Yore, I’d love it :)

    I am indeed available fo rstylistic consultations, the fact I’m available shows you how much demand I’m in :)
    Thanks and regards,
    Rod - now thawed out

  13. Mrs HH said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    absolutely fantastic shots!

    Wish we could have made it, but had a prior engagement
    I have to concur the last shot is my favourite!

    She did Grimsby proud! wish the same could be said of the ill dressed ‘dignitaries!’ Glad she got to meet real Grimbarians who made the effort!

    Thank You for the wonderful photos!

  14. Rod said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Mrs HH,
    thank you and I think you’d have enjoyed it too - I think it was a good thing all round.

  15. Donald (South Australia) said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Hi Rod,

    Congratulations, well done. And what a really great final shot. What did you say?!

    I believe Grimsby now enters history as the first place to uncover and know the gender of the newborn-to-be!
    Well, we’ll see.

    Thank you for the pics,


  16. Rod said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I think she must have recognised me as I’ve met her before :)

    I read that too, the bear that supposedly lead to it can be seen in photo 4 !

  17. graham h said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 9:30 am


    I am pleased that you managed to get you reward with those shots and as you say photographing anything where crowds are involved is difficult. So on that basis I must say to you well done. I too like the head shot and I also like the second one as someone or something has made her turn round and raise a smile, it captures the moment and tells the story. Well done again.


  18. Rod said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    the last shot is the one most like, which I understand but for me it’s the first one.
    Compositionally I always try and get things in the frame that depict the day, in that one you’ve got the moment her feet touch the GY soil, man in dress uniform - Lord Lieutenant I believe and that’s his wife’s head of hair to foreground, secret service, paparazzo and crowd in background plus people hanging out of window.

    I enjoyed it all but wouldn’t fancy it day in day out

  19. graham h said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 11:10 am


    I see where your coming from but to me and it’s only my opinion, It would have been a better shot without the woman’s head in the foreground. I just find it distracting and it takes the eye away from what is the main and most important subject Kate Middleton. However saying that the rest of the shot as with all the others are nice sharp images and the last one you have got the focus spot on.


  20. Rod said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    no choice with the head, I could move anywhere at all, I could only twist my body, the bonus was it was her head.
    It’s not just position there’s so little time, I had virtually no time at all when a shot was possible, I was pretty lucky considering everything

  21. kazmorgan said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    Fantastic pictures Rod! Very well done!! :D


  22. Rod said,

    March 6, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    thank you - a nice change, something different to photograph and something a little different for the site

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