First photograph in 120 years of 4 generations of British monarchs released

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
 
One of the four pictures officially released to the media shows a seated Queen Elizabeth II flanked by three future kings; her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson George, who is being cradled by his father.
 
Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. He is also the oldest heir to the throne since 1714.
 
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is second in line to succeed his grandmother, after his father.
 
Young Prince George is the third-in-line to the throne.

Christening portrait of Princess Elizabeth (The Queen), May 29, 1926. All photos from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

 


The last photograph showing four generations of current and future British monarchs was taken in 1894, at the christening of the future Edward VIII.

 
Edward became king in early 1936 but triggered a constitutional crisis only months into his reign after proposing to American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Unwilling to end the relationship, Edward abdicated and left the throne to his brother Albert, who officially became George VI, subject of recent Hollywood blockbuster The King's Speech.
 
 
The first images in 120 years were taken by celebrity snapper Jason Bell the Clarence House, Charles' official residence, immediately following the young prince's christening at the nearby Chapel Royal of St James's palace on Wednesday. 
 

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