Future of British monarchy captured in official christening shots

Future of British monarchy captured in official christening shots

LONDON - The first photographs in 120 years showing four generations of present and future British monarchs were released on Thursday, the day after the christening of Prince George, the newest member of the dynasty.

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.

The images were taken by celebrity snapper Jason Bell in the morning room at Charles's official London residence, Clarence House, immediately following the young prince's christening at the nearby Chapel Royal of St James's palace on Wednesday.

Other photographs show the three-month-old prince with his mother Catherine, the queen's husband Prince Philip, William's brother Prince Harry and Charles's wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The royals are pictured standing next to Catherine's mother Carole Middleton, father Michael and siblings James and Pippa.

The young prince, third-in-line to the throne, is wearing the frilly cream lace gown in which he was christened while his father and grandfather are both wearing blue suits.

The queen is wearing a sky blue ensemble designed by royal favourite Stewart Parvin and mother Catherine is dressed in a cream Alexander McQueen outfit.

The family is seated on gilt-wood seat furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale - thought to date from 1773 - and an oil painting of the young queen and late sister Princess Margaret is hung on the wall.

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