A SINGLE mum who made thousands after taking an incredible photo of the Fab Four shocked Kate Middleton as she popped up yet again.
Karen Anvil showed up at the Baftas last night, and managed to snap the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, looking very surprised on the red carpet.
Kate Middleton looked shocked when she walked past Fab Four photographer Karen Anvil last night at the Baftas[/caption]
In the picture, the royal duchess can be seen beaming widely, but looking visibly stunned at the star-studded event.
Karen, who was stood outside the red carpet at the Baftas with daughter Rachel, told Hello magazine: “My daughter took this one!
“Rachel said to the Duchess that she looked beautiful – this was her reaction! We got very lucky with our iPhones, didn’t we? We are so happy as she is our favourite.”
Karen asked Kate whether she remembered them from when they waited outside Sandringham to capture her with Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking to church at Christmas.
Karen, left, spoke to the Duchess of Cambridge as daughter Rachel, right, captured her looking shocked at the event[/caption]
Karen managed to get this sweet shot of the ‘Fab Four’ on December 25 in 2017 – and it’s made her £40,000[/caption]
Kate is said to have replied “no”, but Karen added: “She liked Rachel though! She even turned back round and said thank you to her. So sweet!”
Karen admitted in December she made around £40,000 from the Fab Four photo, which shows three out of the four royals smiling at the camera, and says it has been like a “lottery win”.
Karen, who was working two jobs at the time, said the sales of the heartwarming image has enabled her to take an entire year off work, clear her debts and revamp her home.
Her phone picture became hugely in-demand after she posted it to social media and a professional photographer put her in touch with his agent.
By 5pm on the same day, her image had been sold to over 50 countries, appearing on TV and in numerous media outlets worldwide.
Karen, left, has managed to repay money she owed and help daughter Rachel, right, learn to drive[/caption]
Karen, from Norfolk, revealed she has made a regular monthly income from sales, which has ranged from £600 to £6,000.
She said to BBC: “The biggest change for me was that it was so nice to go shopping at Tesco and not be worried about whether I’ve got the cash in the bank.”
Karen lives in a council house, and has been able to transform the bathroom, kitchen and her bedroom in the pad.
One of the first items she bought was a bed, after sleeping on the floor on a mattress for 18 months.
She added: “I couldn’t afford to replace my bed frame which had broke.”
She’s also pledged to use some of the money to help her daughter Rachel go to university, and some of the money has gone towards her driving lessons and a car.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked sensational in a one shoulder white dress with a pleated skirt by Alexander McQueen[/caption]
The mum and daughter have also had their first trip abroad to Paris, for Rachel’s 18th birthday.
Rachel, who hopes to become a nurse, said: “Mum knew this was a one-off and wanted to use every penny wisely.
“Every penny the photo has made has gone on our family and our home. Even the guinea pigs. I’m so proud of her.”
Not only has sales of the photo vastly helped Karen’s finances, but also opened up the door to new experiences.
Karen Anvil was in the crowds at Sandringham in 2017 when she got the picture of the royal family leaving church on Christmas day[/caption]
These include being chosen as an unofficial Radio 5 Live’s royal photographer at Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May.
She also gave permission for the picture to be used in a book called Crown from the Crowd, which was sold to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.
After taking some time off, Karen hopes to return to work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn in February.
Karen said: “It’s been an all-round amazing experience.”
Karen lives in a council house, and has been able to transform the bathroom, kitchen and her bedroom thanks to her snapping skills[/caption]
Kate looked the picture of elegance as she stole the show at the BAFTAs last night.
The Duchess of Cambridge played favourites as she congratulated Olivia Colman on her Best Actress win for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.
Kate looked radiant in a one-shoulder white dress by Alexander McQueen as she walked the red carpet for the star-studded affair.
Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen gown with floral detailing with £525 sparkly Jimmy Choo heels[/caption]
Accompanying her husband Prince William to the 72nd annual British Academy of Film and Television awards in London, Kate opted for a suitably glamorous full-length gown by her wedding dress designer which featured statement shoulder detailing.
And it appears that the style savvy mum-of-three took fashion inspiration from Princess Diana for the glamorous occasion.
In a touching nod to her late mother-in-law, Kate also wore a pair of Princess Diana’s pearl and silver drop earrings.
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