Prince George has stolen the show as he stands front and centre on a pile of gym blocks at a photoshoot for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Photo: Royal MailIt may be the Queen’s 90th birthday, but when the family was photographed for a sheet of commemorative stamps. it was her great-grandson Prince George who stole the show.
A picture released today shows the two-year-old royal grinning cheekily as he poses with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
But, as the picture is set to be made into a stamp sheet, each of the royals’ heads needed to be at roughly the same height, requiring the chubby-cheeked toddler to stand on a stack of gym blocks in order to get the perfect shot.
The photo was taken last summer, but was only released to the public on Tuesday. The stamp sheet feature four stamps – crops of the heads of each of the family’s four generations depicted in the shot – and will be available to purchase in the UK from Thursday (just in time for royal enthusiasts to send a birthday card to the Queen, who will be 90 on Friday).
Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have moved to Norfolk, where Prince George attends a Montessori pre-school, it is understood the future king shares a special relationship with his grandmother.
Duchess Kate told The Queen at Ninety, an ITV documentary about the life of the monarch that aired last month, the young royal calls the Queen “gan gan”, and was always spoilt by the family matriarch.
“She always leaves a little gift or something in [Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s] room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family,” she said.
As the UK gears up to celebrate the Queen’s milestone birthday, a host of former royal staff have descended on the press to provide their own insight into the life of the country’s longest-serving monarch.
One of the most interesting anecdotes has come from former protection officer Richard Griffin who said during a recent talk that the Queen once had a rather amusing encounter with a group of US tourists while walking near her Balmoral estate, the Timesreports.
“Have you ever met the Queen?” the group reportedly asked.
“No,” she replied, pointing at the policeman accompanying her and saying: “But he has.”
According to Griffin, the group then left, unaware they had met the monarch herself.
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