The family portrait with four generations of royals, released in the new year, was meant to ring in the new decade as well.
At the beginning of the new year and the new decade, the past, the present, and the future came together in the British royal household when four generations of royals gathered together to click a portrait. The four heirs to the throne posed in a rare photograph, which was shared by the royal family on their Twitter, to mark the new decade. This is only the second such portrait that has been clicked.
The Queen, her son the Prince of Wales Prince Charles, her grandson the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and her great-grandson His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge posed for the photo inside the Buckingham Palace Throne Room. The image was clicked by photographer Ranald Mackechnie on December 18, which was also the day that the Queen hosted the annual Christmas lunch, according to Town&Country. While the photo was taken earlier, it was shared only on January 4.
In a statement, the Palace said, "A new portrait of Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George has been released to mark the start of a new decade."
📸 To mark the start of a new decade, a portrait has been released of Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 3, 2020
The portrait was taken by Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. pic.twitter.com/ER5nqBMpz0
The 93-year-old British Queen wore white and accessorized with a blue brooch and a handbag, a Launer London Traviata which is handmade at a factory in Walsall. Prince Charles, her eldest son and next-in-line for the throne, looked dapper in a pinstripe suit. He stood beside her as his arm rested on his oldest grandson, Prince George's shoulder. The charming six-year-old is third-in-line for the throne. The young prince looked every bit the royal he is in a pair of green and navy tartan trousers, according to BBC. While Prince William, second-in-line for the throne, wore a dark suit and navy tie. He stood with his hands together right behind his grandmother.
The previous photo of the four royals together was taken at the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016 and was printed on commemorative stamps.
New photo of 4 heirs released in honor of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/k6pgtGDN61— News4JAX (@wjxt4) April 20, 2016
The royal heirs attended another event the same day when they made Christmas puddings to support Royal British Legion’s "Together at Christmas" initiative, according to BBC. The initiative is meant for supporting armed forces and veteran communities during the holidays, according to CNN. The four generations of royals were photographed inside the palace's music room.
The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George came together to make Christmas puddings at Buckingham Palace as part of a Royal British Legion initiative.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 24, 2019
Watch this clip as Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses take part in the pudding stir. pic.twitter.com/i3Xx2DtxhR
After the formal event at the palace, the family traveled to Sandringham, the Queen's country estate in rural Norfolk, around 100 miles north of London, where they spend their holiday season. Missing from the event was Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their young son, Archie, as they decided to spend the holiday season with Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.
A photo of baby Archie in a knitted hat with his father along with other images from their experiences during the year was shared on the Sussex's Instagram. The photo of Archie and Prince Harry won hearts across the world thanks to how adorable the little royal looks.
"Looking back at 2019... Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said.