Prince Charles marks his 70th birthday today, and to pay homage to the Prince of Wales a new official family portrait has been issued – and it reveals a lot about the dynamic between different members of the royal family.
Snapped in the grounds of Clarence House – the official royal residence the Prince shares with the Duchess of Cornwall – the Prince looks happy and relaxed surrounded by his grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis his sons Prince William and Prince Harry and their wives the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.
Taken by Getty’s seasoned royal photographer Chris Jackson the informal picture has managed to capture every single royal family member present with a winning smile, and Meghan and George in particular look like they’re responding to a hilarious joke.
Of the photo – which was actually taken in September – Jackson said, “It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon!”
The image also shows the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla with a reassuring arm around an adorable Princess Charlotte, pointing in the camera’s direction to seemingly focus three-year-old Charlotte’s attention.
Prince George is nestled happily on his grandfather’s knee and couldn’t look more elated.
The image attracted a flurry of comments positive comments from Twitter users.
One wrote, “A wonderful photo of the entire family all together”.
While another added, “Princess Charlotte is too cute!!”
A third wrote, “Louie [sic] looks like Kate. …they need to do more things together as a family. I love this photo!”
The Queen will throw a private party for her eldest son tonight at Buckingham Palace with the guest list expected to include friends from his private and public life, those who’ve had an important role to play in the Prince’s career and naturally several members of the royal family.