Photographer to the royals Testino awarded honorary OBE

Kate Moss and Mario Testino
Kate Moss and Mario Testino Photo: Frederic Nebinger/PA

Fashion photographer Mario Testino, well-known for photographing everyone from the royal family to supermodel Kate Moss, has been honoured with an OBE for his service to photography and charity.

Peruvian-born Testino, 59, who collected his award from culture minister Ed Vaizey, said he was humbled by the honour, adding that it meant "a great deal to receive it."

Princess Diana, who Testino photographed for Vanity Fair magazine in 1997
Princess Diana, who Testino photographed for Vanity Fair magazine in 1997 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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.

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.

– Mario Testino
Prince William and Kate Middleton's official engagement photos were taken by Testino
Prince William and Kate Middleton's official engagement photos were taken by Testino Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The photographer, who took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official engagement photographs, has worked with Save the Children to raise funds for victims of the 2007 Peru earthquake.

He also supports Aid for AIDS, Life Ball and the Naked Heart Foundation.