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Queen issues warning over paparazzi photos
The royal family says it has a right to privacy in everyday private activities
The Queen has issued a strong warning to newspapers not to publish paparazzi pictures of the Royal Family.
Her lawyers have reminded papers of privacy obligations under their own code of practice amid anger about intrusions into their lives.
Photographers will be monitored on public roads around the Sandringham estate in Norfolk this Christmas.
Prince Charles' spokesman said the Royal Family had a right to privacy during "everyday private activities".
The Prince of Wales' spokesman Paddy Harverson said: "Members of the Royal Family feel they have a right to privacy when they are going about everyday, private activities.
"They recognise there is a public interest in them and what they do, but they do not think this extends to photographing the private activities of them and their friends."
This is very much a warning shot across the bows
BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt
In the past freelance photographers have spent many hours touring Sandringham to try and "snatch" pictures of the family on the estate.
Prince William has expressed concern after he and Kate Middleton were "aggressively" pursued by the paparazzi in 2007.
And some still blame the paparazzi for their role in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a Paris car crash a decade earlier.
BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said legal action, possibly on the grounds of harassment, was a long way off but could be taken if the royal appeals are ignored.
He said: "This is very much a warning shot across the bows. After years of turning a blind eye, senior royals have decided to take a more robust approach to what they see as unjustified intrusion."