Royal Protection Body Guard trainer turned wedding photographer on the key to a successful Royal Wedding
A man who knows more than a little about what it will take to get the Royal Wedding to be a success is former VIP Protection Officer turned wedding photographer, Phil Parker.
Phil relocated from London to Suffolk last month after 30 years with the Metropolitan police service – the last 12 years as the personal protection officer to Prime Ministers, Presidents and visiting Royalty.
Phil was one of the principle trainers on the METs bodyguard programme, inducting many of the royal protection team into the crucial role they now perform.
Phil was a familiar face around Buckingham Palace and other Royal estates and says the Princes ‘are great lads, a real breath of fresh air!’
Since taking a step back from frenetic london life, Phil now runs a successful wedding photography business ‘Philtorphotography‘, with his wife Victoria from a village near Bury St Edmunds.
Phil says ‘Tor and I met on a VIP visit that she arranged for Tony Blair, who I was with at the time. Four years and two PMs later, we both quit our ‘day jobs’ to relocate to this beautiful part of the world to concentrate full time on building our business. I still have regular contact with the guys and girls on the teams back in London and it’s exciting to hear how the plans for the wedding are unfolding. The Prince and Ms Middleton are a delightful young couple and although Tor and I have another wedding to cover on the day we will look forward to a full report from friends and colleagues who will be in and around Westminster and the Palace on the day.’
Phil and Victoria are shooting the wedding of the gorgeous Alex – a London Fire Fighter and his beautiful Czech bride Kat in Watchett, West Somerset moving on to Binham Grange in Exmoor for the reception.
Phil continues: ‘There will be no stone unturned in preparation to make sure the family and royal onlookers have a safe and spectacular day. Everyone involved in the planning will be briefed and rehearsed to ensure it is about the couple and their friends and family as the security services blend into the background doing what they do best on occasions such as this. Asked recently if I would rather be part of the security or the photographer, my life is all about the photography these days and we will concentrate on making sure we provide a first class service for Alex and Kat but I am immensely proud of the job my former colleagues will do on the day.’