The Queen is celebrating the new decade with a portrait of herself with Charles, William and George, reflecting the new ‘slimmed-down’ Royal image with a focus on the throne’s direct heirs.
The photograph of Her Majesty, 93, alongside the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and six-year-old Prince George was taken in Buckingham Palace’s throne room on December 18.
It shows the Queen standing at the front in a white dress with a blue brooch, clutching her trusted Launer handbag; George in Black Watch tartan long trousers and a white shirt by British designer Rachel Riley; Charles in a navy pinstripe suit and William standing behind his father, son and grandmother, smiling in a dark suit and navy blue tie.
The photograph is only the second time that a portrait of Her Majesty and her three heirs has been issued. The first was released in April 2016 to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, with the picture then printed on commemorative stamps.
In the previous portrait, a then-two-year-old George stood next to his great-grandmother on a blue and black foam block, holding the hand of his father, William. The future king looks far more grown-up and poised four years later, standing on a step behind the Queen with his grandfather’s hand on his shoulder.
Both the 2016 and 2020 images were taken by photographer Ranald Mackechni