Royal Encounters

I have been very fortunate to have my photographs of the Royal Family published twice.

In 1993 by Robert Hale Ltd, and in 2011 by Amberley Books. Both titles were called 'Royal Encounters'

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Encounters-Paul-Ratcliffe/dp/1848681860/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398860593&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=royal+encounte

About Me


Photograph Copyright of: 
Paul Ratcliffe

From a young age I have been fascinated by the Pomp and Pageantry associated with the Monarchy.

In March 1987 I traveled to my first Royal Visit to see Princess Diana arrive at Saltaire Railway Station in West Yorkshire (England.)


My hands shook with the cold of a Spring morning, and the excitement of seeing a real life Princess walk towards me. This is the first image I took that day.


Now 29 years later I am still photographing the royals, and the enthusiasm for photography I felt as a 15 year old is still there.....!


Over the years I have had the honour of meeting many members of the Royal Family. Amassing some lovely memories on the way. Also presenting copies of my photographs to them on their engagements. Rather poignantly now Princess Diana once told me she always gave my photos to her sons, and they put them up at their bedsides, so they could remember who their mother is......


I have been fortunate to have my work published twice, both titled. 'Royal Encounters', and seen my work published on Postcards and commemorative memorabilia.


It would be lovely to once again see my work published......



Please respect my intellectual rights as the Photographer by not reproducing any of these images. 

Thank you and ENJOY looking at my memories......

Below are some of photographic memories from meeting the Royals!!!
With Princess Diana in Shipley - September 1991

With Princess Diana in Harrogate - March 1991

With The Duchess of Kent in York October 1993 

With Princess Diana in Hull - June 1992

With The Queen in Durham - November 1990

With The Queen on her Golden Jubilee visit to Leeds in July 2002

With Sarah, Duchess of York in Manchester - May 2001



With Sarah, Duchess of York in York - May 1988




The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall in Bridlington - July 2013

Sharing a joke with the Prince of Wales in Skipton - December 2001

The Princess of Wales in Southport - June 1992

The Princess of Wales - Liverpool September 1990

The Princess of Wales Hull - February 1991

The Princess of Wales - Worksop September 1987

The Princess of Wales Doncaster October 1987



The Princess of Wales Birmingham March 1992

The Prince of Wales Bradford February 1989





The Princess of Wales Chesterfield June 1993