It may be Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday but like the gentleman he is, he’d rather give than receive. And what he’s given us might be the thing royal fans have been longing for: family portraits. And even though his parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, are missing from the extraordinary photos, the rest of the fam is there. ALL OF THEM.
The gorgeous pic, which was shot in September, was taken by photographer Chris Jackson, who said in a statement how “delighted” he was to “capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House.”
That first photo is as sweet as it gets as the entire fam smiles prettily for the camera. No, really, look at it again and absorb those huge grins. Lovely, right?
Oh, and we dare you to try and resist Louis‘ smiley face. LOOK AT IT.
The little guy also proved he hasn’t changed that much in four months.
But it’s the second shot that is the real treat here, maybe even better than the first. Charles is beaming as he holds a howling George, Meghan is also doubled over with laughter, Camilla is pointing to something off-camera as she cuddles Charlotte close, something that Kate and Louis also seem to be staring at, and Will and Harry look happier and more dapper than ever.
Also, is it just us or do Camilla and Charlotte share a special bond?
Charles clearly loves his grandchildren and these pics prove it. In an interview for the documentary Prince, Son & Heir — Charles at 70, Camilla revealed just how doting Grandpa Wales is. “He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing.”
Also shared in the doc was another photo from this awesome day, of Charles holding Louis’ hands as Kate holds her son — and it’s pretty perfect.
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BETTER VERSION: Kate, Charles, and Prince Louis in a new snap featured in the documentary! The photo was apparently taken by Chris Jackson! I hope this means we’re getting a family photo! ————————————————————- #britishroyalfamily #princewilliam #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #katemiddleton #princegeorge #princesscharlotte #princelouis
Since the photos were taken, Meghan and Harry announced they’re expecting their first child. Charles’ next birthday might not be a milestone but we can’t wait for the next portrait session, which will feature all four of his grandchildren.