Those sneaky Royals! All this time when we’ve been hoping and praying to see not only an updated photo of the newest little Prince - Louis - and a new family photo of the Cambridge branch of the family tree, they were quietly going behind our backs and setting up something that is so grand it exceeds our wildest dreams.
The last time we saw this group together was at the christening of Prince Louis - way back in July! You know how quickly babies change so, to our way of thinking, it's been far too long since we've seen them all together.
Now, not only do we have a new family of William and Kate’s crew, but we also have a complete lineup of ALL of Prince Charles’ lineage! And what an adorable shot it is! Although the Queen is conspicuously absent from the photo, we are happy to see all the other smiling faces in one spot for a memorable - and dare we say, historic - Royal portrait.
Just when we thought we couldn't be patient any longer, the Palace released two snaps of all the heirs to the throne - plus their loved ones - Prince Charles and Camilla, William, Kate, and their three little ones, and the newest family to be formed: Prince Harry and bride Meghan who are expecting their first child in the Spring.
The first photo is what you might expect. All nine family members posing and smiling regally for the camera. The photographer did an amazing job getting the entire clan to not only look at the camera but to also capture a look on each of their faces that is truly perfect. As nice and proper as the first photo is, it’s the second snap that has the internet all excited.
And I can just picture in my mind how it came about.
You know how, after taking all the boring, staged family photos, someone always suggests that you do a ‘silly’ picture or a more candid version of the pose. It is usually within this photo that the true personalities of the subjects is revealed. And that is EXACTLY what we get with the second shot of the Royal Family.
It shows that the members (sans the Queen) occasionally let their hair down and allow their inner selves out. And it’s simply delightful that they have allowed us all to see it. Don't you just love it!!??
And there's a bonus! In addition to the group photos, there is a precious shot of Prince Charles with his youngest grandchild - Prince Louis - and it is simply charming!
Now I'm going to go gaze at the photos for the next hour or so. I never get tired of seeing that family...