SOPHIE Countess of Wessex was the VIP guest at The Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) at a posh hotel in Torquay.
I was the host photographer for her visit, in fact the only photographer following her around for four hours.
The Countess is one of the best royals to photograph, always getting on well with people she meets from all walks of life.
This was my third time as host photographer for the Countess and it was always a pleasant experience.
Towards the end of her visit speeches were delivered, then suddenly someone started giggling. It became infectious and then the Countess joined in, and to this day I have no idea what everyone was laughing at – some had just lost it.
On her departure and as she climbed into her car she mouthed “thank you” to me. Of all the royals I have photographed she was the only royal to acknowledge my days work with a thank you.
Prince Andrew, at the Fleet Air Arm Yeovilton, once shouted at me to “stop this incessant flashing.” I was taking lots of pictures and the rapid use of my flashgun was annoying him.