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Never-before-seen photo of Prince Philip with Queen and great-grandchildren released by royals

The Duchess of Cambridge captured the moment on her camera in 2018

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14 April 2021
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never-before-seen photo of Prince Philip sitting with the Queen and their great-grandchildren has been released as the royals share memories.

The previously unseen image shows the couple like any other great-grandparents surrounded by youngsters on a sofa during a family get-together and with the little ones appearing on best behaviour.

The Duchess of Cambridge captured the moment on her camera in 2018 when the Queen and Philip’s seven great-grandchildren were at Balmoral.

Cradled in the arms of the Queen is Prince Louis, a rare image of the monarch holding one of her great-grandchildren.

The full line-up of royal children includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte either side of the Queen who holds their brother Louis.

Prince Philip playing polo with his son the Prince of Wales in 1966

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Peter Phillip’s daughters Savannah and Isla are close to their great-grandfather and at the other end of the sofa are Zara and Mike Tindall’s children Lena, held by her cousin Isla, and his daughter Mia.

The picture is a snapshot of a typical day at the Queen’s private Scottish home where she entertains family, friends and politicians during the summer.

George, a future king, is dressed in a short-sleeved shirt, knee-length socks, loafer style shoes, tartan shorts and appears to have a fresh graze on his knee revealing probably much of his time with the great grandparents was spent outside.

The Queen, like the duke, is comfortably dressed and wears a blouse, cardigan and reflecting her Scottish surroundings a tartan skirt.

Behind the group is a writing desk laden with flowers and nearby a piano decorated with statues of stags and a black and white portrait of the Queen Mother.

The royal family are continuing to grieve for the man the Duke of York described as “the grandfather of the nation” as they finalise plans for his funeral on Saturday.

Earlier the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie paid a heartfelt tribute to her “dearest Grandpa” the duke, pledging to look after “Granny” the Queen for him.

A love of polo is featured in a black and white picture of Philip with his son the Prince of Wales taken in 1966, with both men sitting on polo ponies with mallets and helmets in hand during a match.

The image was posted on Charles and Camilla’s official Twitter account alongside a more modern image of the duke with his son and the duchess in the moments after William and Kate’s Westminster Abbey wedding.

William and Kate also shared memories of Philip and the Queen, posting an image taken at Balmoral in 2015 on their official Twitter account showing the couple with their children George and Charlotte.

The Queen smiles at her great-granddaughter in the image which has not been seen before in public.

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