Mario Testino has been awarded an honorary OBE
Mario Testino is about to go down in history as one of the world's most legendary fashion snappers of all time after being awarded an honorary OBE.
The 59-year-old Peruvian photographer has shot some of the most famous faces in fashion, from British supermodel Kate Moss (whose wedding photos he took when she married Jamie Hince in 2011) to David Beckham and US actress Jennifer Lawrence.
Famously close to Prince William's late mother, Lady Diana, Testino's relaxed portrait of the Princess, taken just months before she died in 1997, is now recognised as one of the most iconic royal photographs in history.
And today, the South American native – who also took Kate Middleton and Prince William's official engagement photos – was honoured by culture minister Ed Vaizey for his services to photography and charity.
'I arrived in London from Peru in 1976 and it was here that I found my profession and a world of opportunities that I could never have imagined,' said Testino upon receiving his OBE.
'I am humbled by this honour and it means a great deal to receive it from the country that has trained me for the life I lead today and that has showed me the way to give back to others.'
Mr Vaizey said of his deserving recipient: 'Mario Testino is responsible for some of the most iconic photographs in fashion over recent decades from Kate Moss to Madonna, and the late Diana Princess of Wales to Michelle Obama, and it's easy to see why he has become such a respected favourite of editors and subjects alike.'
A huge congratulations to Mr Testino. It was about time.
By Robyn Munson