Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton
(From left) Prince Harry, Princess Katherine and Prince William are seen on the steps of St Pauls on the June 10, 2016 in London, UK. Source: Shutterstock

A mother who snapped a well-timed photograph of four smiling British royals is hoping to sell the picture to help fund her daughter’s education.

According to the BBC, Karen Anvil, 39, from Watlington in Norfolk captured a beaming Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Sandringham in an image that went viral on social media.

At the time of this writing, the noteworthy photograph was liked more than 12,000 times and got over 2,000 shares.

Anvil told the British broadcaster that the reactions to the pictures have been “bizarre and bonkers”.

For Anvil and her 17-year-old daughter, Rachel, spotting the Royals at their annual Christmas Day service is quite an annual occasion.

Although they missed out on the outing last year, Anvil had promised her daughter they would go to St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham this Christmas.

“Sky News was on and we were looking at the crowds. My daughter said ‘I’d love to do that,’ she was quoted as saying.

“‘I said ‘next year, when I’m better we’ll go’. And so I took her.”

When asked how she managed to shoot the picture that many photographers dream of, Anvil said she succeeded in grabbing the attention of the royals.

“I’m just very bubbly by nature and I was with my daughter and I got a bit excitable, I suppose.

“I was just sort of shouting and I just went ‘Merry Christmas!’ like an idiot. I was fangirling.

“That’s all I said and got them to look,” she said.

The photograph posted on Twitter caused Anvil to be flooded with notifications on shares and likes. Prior to the event, Anvil’s record was just five likes, the BBC reported.

Hours after the posting on Sunday, Anvil continued to receive messages asking for permission to share her picture. She was later told by fellow Twitter users to negotiate a price.

“At first I said oh yeah sure. Have the photo. I know nothing about that.”

“The thing is – and I hate to play the single mum card – I’m a single parent, I work two jobs, which I’m proud of and I’ve always worked.

“Now I want to save money for my daughter for uni and if I can do that, and can get that opportunity that’s amazing.”

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