During her life, Queen Elizabeth II was close to her eight grandchildren, and spent many holidays and family occasions with her numerous great-grandchildren. Because the late queen would have celebrated her 97th birthday on April 21, Prince and Princess of Wales are honoring her memory by sharing a previously unseen photograph of the queen and a handful of her descendants, taken by Princess Kate last summer at Balmoral.
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The photograph is also a who’s who of the young royals we’re likely to see at events over the next few decades. It features her two youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James, the Earl of Wessex as of last month, the children of Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh. William and Kate’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are standing in the second row, each with a wide grin. To the left of the queen are Zara and Mike Tindall’s three children, Mia, Lena, and Lucas, and to her right are Isla and Savannah Phillips, the daughters of Peter Phillips.
Four of the queen’s great-grandchildren are not included in the picture. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children, Prince Archie and Prince Lilibet, have never visited the Balmoral Estate. August Brooksbank, the son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, the daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are also not pictured. (In January, the palace announced that Eugenie and Jack are expecting a second child this summer.)
The royals’ main family Instagram account also posted a tribute to the late queen, a photo taken during a walkabout in Edinburgh last June, and a reference to the fact that she wasn’t actually born as the nation’s heir presumptive. “When Her Majesty was born in April 1926, Princess Elizabeth and her family did not expect that she would one day become Queen,” the caption read. “Following the abdication of her uncle King Edward VIII in 1936, her father acceded to the throne.”
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