Just a few days ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, the British royal family released photos to commemorate the occasion. According to Vanity Fair, the royal family wanted to celebrate this milestone with a sheet of commemorative stamps to be sold by the Royal Mail on Thursday.
Prince George, however, stole the spotlight in the photograph. He is seen standing next to his father Prince William on four blocks of foam on one side and his "gan-gan" Queen Elizabeth II on the other. For Prince George, this will be his first appearance on a royal stamp, said the Vanity Fair report.
A family portrait to mark #Queenat90.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 20, 2016
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the photo was taken last summer but only released on Tuesday. The stamps, which will be snapshots of heads of each of the family members from the photograph, will be on sale from Thursday just in time for the Queen's birthday on Friday. The Royal Mail will also issue six commemorative stamps showing the Queen's role in public as well as at home over 90 years.
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 20, 2016
So secretive was the shoot that photographer Ranald Mackechnie kept it even from his wife. He told The Telegraph that his wife will find out only when it would be made public. Talking about photographing the young Prince, Mackechnie said "He was absolutely charming, as you can see from the picture. You only have a short window of opportunity with small children, but Prince George was on good form and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing him enjoy the day," reported The Telegraph.
"It's great just to be asked to photograph a stamp, never mind four generations of the royal family. When I was asked
about I was ecstatic but I had to keep schtum (quiet) for 18 months," Photographer Ranald Mackechnie said.
"It was an amazingly relaxing and light-hearted sitting. They were comfortable with one another and behaved like any
family with their conversation and jokes. It was much more relaxed than when I've tried to take pictures with my family. The joy and energy coming out of George was fantastic. It lifted the whole shot and lifted the afternoon. He was on top form. He was quite fascinated by the lights. He took it all in his stride," added Mackechnie.
Twitter went gaga over the picture, with Prince George being the highlight.
Prince George is the cutest thing ever in his little outfits 🙊 — Aaliyah Buchanan (@AaliyahBuchana2) April 20, 2016
Prince George is such a cutie patoooootie I can't cope
— sonya (@_sxnya) April 20, 2016
And there were the funny ones
Apparently Prince George was ranked as the 49th best dressed man by GQ in 2015. That kid is going places
— Will Amor (@WillAmor) April 20, 2016
Royals finally taking austerity measures by dressing Prince George in Edward VII's hand me downs #PrinceGeorge
— Elaine Malcolmson (@emalcolmson) April 20, 2016
Prince George recycles his wardrobe in latest photo shoot. Those millionaire tots - they're just like us! pic.twitter.com/X7W4459FR8
— Katie Grant (@kt_grant) April 20, 2016
A favourite thing is looking at photos of the Royal Family and imagining Prince George is a ghost and the rest of the family don't know
— James McMahon (@jamesjammcmahon) April 20, 2016
With inputs from PTI