SHE may be one of the most photographed women in the world but on her recent trip to Borneo, the Duchess of Cambridge seized her chance to get behind the camera to capture this exotic array of jungle scenes.
The collection offers an insight into the views that caught Kate’s imagination during her Diamond Jubilee tour to South East Asia and the South Pacific with her husband, William.
The seven shots comprise four black-and-white images – one featuring an orang-utan – and three aerial colour photos taken as the couple flew over dramatic landscapes.
Kate’s photographs offer her own perspective on the trip. They document her journey into the jungle in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where she and the duke visited the Danum Valley research station.
The first black-and-white images, taken as the couple enjoyed a private walk through the rainforest, show sunlight falling on a jungle clearing, while another shows an endangered Borneo orang-utan, silhouetted among the branches of a palm.
In other shots, the duchess captures Mount Kinabalu – the highest point in Borneo at 13,400ft above sea level – rising above the clouds during the couple’s flight to the Solomon Islands.
Another aerial photo shows forested hills, while a third, snapped on a helicopter trip en route to the research station, offers a bird’s-eye view of a palm oil plantation.
During the excursion, the duke and duchess were hoisted more than 130ft into the rainforest canopy to have the eco-system explained to them. While they appeared relaxed, the trip came at a testing time, amid a global furore over the publication of pictures of the duchess sunbathing topless.
Kate’s photos were released just a day after pictures showing the Duke of Cambridge at work were hastily removed from the couple’s website amid fears that they breached security.
Designed to show William’s routine as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley in Anglesey, they inadvertently revealed passwords on computer screens.
Kate’s jungle pictures have been released on the couple’s website, www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org. They form part of a series, featuring contributions from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, on www.princeofwales.gov.uk.