Smiling in the gardens of Clarence House, Prince Charles is seen on his 70th birthday pictured for the first time with his entire dynasty – two sons, three grandchildren, and another yet to be born.
Released today to mark the future king’s milestone, the images, taken in the gardens of Clarence House in September, show Charles as few see him, a loving grandparent at ease with his surroundings.
He is accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, who takes centre stage at the heart of the family in this joyful portrait.
Grandpa Wales, as he is known by his brood, holds his first-born grandson, Prince George, five, on his knee, as the young prince, dressed in knee-high socks, shorts and loafers, smiles before bursting into laughter at something out of shot.
Charles is dressed formally in a pin-striped suit, sky-blue tie and loafers, yet looks at home with his family around him.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 36, in a £1,750 polka dot midi dress by London designer Alessandra Rich, is holding Prince Louis, aged six months, who offers an adorable chubby-cheeked smile.
The Duchess of Cornwall, 71, sitting beside her husband, is wearing a cream crepe day dress by Fiona Clare, adorned with two Van Cleef & Arpels’ Libellule dragonfly brooches, one with diamonds and the other sapphires, which Charles bought her as a gift.
The prince has insisted that today will be a normal working day for his whole family.
Prince Charles has two meetings at Clarence House and this afternoon will attend a tea party with his wife and 70 inspirational people also marking their 70th birthdays, at Spencer House in London.
Tonight the Queen Elizabeth is holding a private party at Buckingham Palace for more than 600 guests to celebrate her son’s milestone