Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the latest royals to welcome their own bouncing bundle of joy to Kensington Palace, with their new baby being born into a long legacy of Dukes and Duchesses, Earls and Countesses, Princes and Princesses, and Kings and Queens. But even the highest standing members of the royal family have something in common with, well, the commoners. They were all very cute babies at one time.
To celebrate the newest royal baby, we’re looking back at the Royal Family’s long line of chubby cheeks.
The Royal Family then and now: baby edition
Queen ElizabethBorn on April 21, 1926, Princess Elizabeth became the heir presumptive in 1936 when her uncle King Edward abdicated the throne to her father King George. She became Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 and has four children with husband Prince Phillip.
Left: Princess Elizabeth at eight months old in December 1926.Getty Images
PRINCE PHILLIP, DUKE OF EDIBURGHPrince Phillip was born June 10, 1921 as the Prince of Greece and Denmark. His family was exiled from Greece when he was a child and he was educated in France, Germany and the UK. At the age of 18, he began a letter correspondence with 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth and the two were married in 1947 after he was forced to abandon his royal titles.
Left: Prince Phillip of Greece on July 1, 1922.Getty Images
PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES, DUKE OF CORNWALLThe first child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Prince Charles was born November 14, 1948 and began what would become a legacy as the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. He shares two sons with the late Princess Diana and is married to Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Left: Prince Charles in his official first birthday photo in 1949 taken at Buckingham Palace.Getty Images
PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGEThe oldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Prince William was born June 21, 1982. Now second in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, William, the Duke of Cambridge is married to Kate Middleton and dad to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Left: Prince William playing in the gardens of Kensington Palace in December 1983.Getty Images
PRINCE HARRY, DUKE OF SUSSEKThe second child of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984 and became the Duke of Sussex when he married American actor Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018. The couple are currently expecting their first child.
Left: Prince Harry learning to crawl in Kensington Palace in October 1985.Getty Images
ANNE, PRINCESS ROYALBorn August 15, 1950, Princess Anne is the younger sister of Prince Charles and first daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. A philanthropist and avid equestrian, Anne is the first member of the British Royal family to compete in the Olympics and became the seventh Princess Royal in 1987.
Left: One-year-old Anne in 1951.Getty Images
ZARA TINDALLDaughter of Princess Anne and Anne’s first husband Mark Phillips, Zara followed in her mother’s footsteps and competed in the 2012 Olympics as part of the British equestrian team. A sports personality in the UK, Zara married professional Rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011.
Left: Two-year-old Zara in 1983.Getty Images
PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORKThird child and second son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986 and became the Duke and Duchess of York. The pair welcomed daughters Eugenie and Beatrice before divorcing in 1996, but have remained close friends.
Left: Prince Andrew enjoying the gardens of Balmoral in 1960 while only a few months old.Getty Images
PRINCESS BEATRICEThe eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia in childhood and as an adult began the charity Big Change, which helps young people find skills outside of traditional academic curriculum.
Left: A picture of Princess Beatrice at home in March 1989 taken by her father Prince Andrew.Getty Images
PRINCESS EUGENIEYounger sister to Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie was born March 23, 1990. After undergoing spinal surgery for scoliosis at age 12, Eugenie was applauded for displaying her scar in her wedding dress when she married Jack Brooksbank on October 12, 2018.
Left: Two-year-old Eugenie at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1992.Getty Images
PRINCE EDWARDThe fourth child and third son of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward works full time for the Royal Family as the Earl of Wessex and has taken on many of his father’s roles since Prince Phillip officially retired from public life in 2017. He and his wife Sophie have two children, 15-year-old Lady Louise and 11-year-old James, Viscount Severn.
Left: One-year-old Prince Edward photographed in June 1965.Getty Images
PRINCESS DIANADiana Frances Spencer was born July 1, 1961 to Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, with her father later becoming the Earl Spencer. A member of the nobility, Diana grew up in Park House on Sandringham estate and married Prince Charles in 1989, becoming the Princess of Wales before divorcing in 1996. Diana died in a car crash in 1997, leaving behind sons William and Harry.
Left: A two-year-old Lady Diana Frances Spencer plays at Park House in Sandringham, Norfolk on July 1, 1963.Getty Images