Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017. Britain's royal palace says Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will marry in the spring of 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Prince Harry & Meghan: The ring and the romance
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Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle dished up some fresh gossip-fodder for fans Thursday when they released their official engagement photos.

The pictures, by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski, present the couple in a modern and intimate light – a sign of the times and a far cry from the engagement shots of many of their forebears in the British royal family.

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Here’s how royal couples preparing to say, “I do,” have been captured through the lens.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip

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The engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip of Greece was announced on July 10, 1947. Philip, who was a first lieutenant in the British Navy at the time of the engagement, became known upon their marriage as His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The bride became Queen Elizabeth II on February 6, 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI.

Together, Elizabeth and Philip had four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Andrew, Duke of York, and Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones

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The engagement of Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, to Antony Armstrong-Jones was announced in February 1960, months before their wedding at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

Together, Margaret and Armstrong-Jones – who took the title of Earl of Snowdon and Viscount Linley – had two children: a son, Lord Linley, christened David Albert Charles, and a daughter, Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth.

Margaret and Lord Snowdon divorced in May 1978.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

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On May 29, 1973, the Royal family announced the engagement of Princess Anne, the second child and only daughter of Elizabeth and Philip, to Captain Mark Phillips. They would have two children, Peter and Zara Phillips.

Princess Anne and Phillips divorced in 1992.

Lady Diana Spe