Prince Charles turns 70: New family photos released

Prince Charles turns 70: New family photos released

"It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House".

The prince's Clarence House office released two family portraits to mark the birthday.

Charlotte meanwhile appears to be taking after her great-grandmother, the Queen, with photos of a young Princess Elizabeth showing a clear resemblance between them.

It is perhaps the photo's casual nature that fans loved most. The picture was featured in a new BBC documentary called Prince, Son And Heir: Charles At 70, also marking Charles' birthday.

The Queen is throwing Charles a big birthday bash tomorrow at Buckingham Palace so we will get to see William, Kate, Harry and Meghan driving into the party (it's a private affair so there likely won't be any photos from the actual event).

With his sons, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, standing tall behind him, he carries a beaming five-year-old Prince George on his knee while Princess Charlotte cuddles up to her step-grandmother.

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Prince Charles was seen shaking hands with pop star Cheryl, whom he is well acquainted with after working together for the Prince's Trust over the years, as well as Kylie Mingoue. The Duchess of Cambridge was seen a polka dot midi dress, holding her six months old son, Prince Louis.

William and Harry both opt for a smart-casual look, donning suits without ties, while their father stands out in a blue striped suit and light blue tie.

The royal family's official Twitter account also posted touching footage from the archives of a baby Charles adorably playing with his mother. "Happy birthday Prince Charles", another added, "beautiful family!"

Happy birthday Prince Charles!

And while the Queen's first-born would thus one day succeed her in future, Charles was the first child born as a direct successor to the throne in a half-century.

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