Lovestruck royal: Sarah Ferguson’s lightning bolt moment with Andrew caught on camera
A YOUNG Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, stands in front of a teenage Prince Andrew in an incredible never-seen-before snap taken many years before the couple would eventually marry.
The fascinating image, from royal photographer John Scott’s archive, shows a young Prince Andrew, aged around 12, standing opposite his future wife.
Unbeknown to her at the time, a short-haired Sarah, wearing a red polo neck and black flare-trousers, would go on to tie the knot with the Queen’s second son and the pair would share two daughters together.
Andrew’s adorable little brother, Prince Edward, is pictured as he plays with the Queen’s niece, Sarah Armstrong-Jones, now Lady Sarah Chatto.
The Queen, wearing a yellow jacket and sunglasses, stands over the playful pair as one of her corgi dogs stays close by near the monarch’s feet.
Sarah Ferguson’s older sister Jane Ferguson can also be seen in the candid photo.
The Duke and Duchess of York first met as children, but fell out of touch in later years.
The duchess previously recalled how she would sneak away from her father’s polo matches as a youngster to “play tag with like-minded truants – including Prince Andrew, who was just my age”.
Years later, the pair would meet again after they were introduced by Princess Diana, who invited Sarah to a party at Windsor Castle.
The pair quickly began dating and Andrew proposed after a whirlwind romance and they announced their engagement in March 1986.
They were married in the same year on 23 July, 1986, at Westminster Abbey and welcomed their first daughter Beatrice in to the world in August 1988.
Prince Eugenie was born in March 1990.
However, in the following year, the relationship was in trouble and the couple agreed to legally separate in 1992.
Unbeknown to her at the time, a short-haired Sarah, wearing a red polo neck and black flare-trousers, would go on to tie the knot with Prince Andrew
But in May 1996, the Duke and Duchess announced their mutual decision to divorce following rumours of infidelity.
And today, the couple enjoy a remarkably close relationship.
The photo of the pair as children is part of a collection of photos taken by John Scott, whose actual name is Colonel Vassa Voynovich, who captured the life of the Royal Family between the 1950s and 1980s.
His photography career sky rocketed when he was introduced to the Queen by her private secretary, Sir ‘Jock’ Colville.
Through Sir Colville, Elizabeth requested he take photographs of her in uniform during one of her first Trooping the Colour ceremonies.
Mr Scott is a Yugoslavian aristocrat who fled his native Serbia during the Second World War.
The auction of his collection will take place on June 14.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK