Prince Charles' 70th birthday truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, on the Prince of Wales' milestone celebrations, Clarence House gifted the world with not one but two charming new family photos showing the man of the moment surrounded by his loved ones, including his wife, Duchess Camilla; his two sons, princes William and Harry; his daughters-in-law, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle; and his three grandchildren: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
It's clear that Prince Charles has truly hit his stride; the future King of England is happiest when he is off duty with his family. The historical photograph marks the first time the entire royal dynasty has been pictured all together. Indeed, while Charles has starred in many family photos with his children, these images capture the heir to the throne with just his immediate family. We could stare at these photos — which were captured by royal photographer Chris Jackson at Clarence House in September this year — all day long.
While you were busy admiring the lovely photos, we've unearthed eight things you completely missed about the new Prince Charles birthday portraits.
1. There's a color scheme (but Meghan's not sticking to it).
When it comes to official photos, the royals just love a color scheme and it seems that the agreement for this particular shoot was navy and white. Never one to play by the rules, Meghan dons a white dress with a black-paneled collar and belt.
2. Prince George is getting so tall.
Clearly inheriting his towering parents' genes in the height department, five-year-old Prince George has grown up so fast! Sitting on Grandpa Wales' lap in his trademark shorts and knee-high socks, it's obvious how long George's legs have grown.
3. The future kings are grouped together.
It's so special seeing Prince Charles in doting-grandfather mode with five-year-old George on his lap. And it's no coincidence that out of all three of his grandchildren, it's George he's holding. Indeed, just like Charles and Prince William, who is standing right behind them, George will one day become the King of England. Placing the trio of heirs together is a subtle yet powerful form of symbolism.
4. Meghan is having a good old giggle at something
In the second more candid shot, the royals are all letting their guard down — especially Meghan who is keeled over chuckling. We wonder, what was making her laugh?
5. Princess Charlotte and Duchess Camilla's sweet moment.
Duchess Camilla — or "Gaga" as she's known to the grandkids — and Princess Charlotte share a precious moment as the 71-year-old places a loving arm around the three-year-old and points out into the distance. We rarely get to see Camilla interact with the younger generation of royals behind closed doors, but this has been well worth the wait — how precious!
6. Prince Harry's PDA
They've been married for six months and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are basking in their newlywed bubble. If you look closely, you'll notice Prince Harry's sneaky arm placed around pregnant Meghan's waist — a touching gesture from a very affectionate husband. Our hearts!
7. Prince Louis is growing up fast.
It's been four months since we last saw Prince Louis out in public at his christening and the seven-month-old has changed so much. The chubby-cheeked bundle of joy has grown into his own little person, and that smile is just magic.
This article was originally written by Bella Brennan. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.