Wills, Kate `brimming with happiness`

London: Prince William and Kate Middleton look very much in love in official photos released to mark their engagement.

Celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino, who took the pics, described the couple as "brimming with happiness" during the photo shoot in the Council Chamber in the State Apartment in St James’s Palace.

The two portraits, one formal and one more casual, show the couple smiling and embracing after the announcement of their engagement last month.

"I am very happy to have been asked to cover this historic moment that the whole world was waiting for,” a daily quoted Testino, who created some of the most enduring images of Princess Diana as saying.

"They are in their prime and brimming with happiness. I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together," he said.

The Prince and Middleton selected the two photographs from a set. In the formal image, taken in the Palace’s Council Chamber, the couple stands together with Middleton resting her arm on her fiancé’s.

The informal image shows the couple embracing in the Palace’s Cornwall room.

"Prince William has worked with Mario Testino on many occasions before, and so the couple decided that he was the right choice for such an important portrait," a Clarence House spokesman said.