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The 35 Sweetest Photos of the Royal Family

From baby pictures to behind-the-scenes moments, these are the most heart-warming pictures of the Queen and her family.
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Living in the spotlight, the royal family has shared a lot of special moments with the public over the years, but in between all of the magical wedding snaps and baby's first photos there are all sorts of sweet moments that fly under the radar. Whether you're a sucker for some royal baby snuggles, romantic moments, or you just love to see the royal family being a family, these are some of the most heart-warming moments in royal history.

KING GEORGE VI AND ELIZABETH BOWES-LYON WITH BABY ELIZABETH, 1926


The then-Duke and Duchess of York celebrated the christening of their oldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary—later Queen Elizabeth II—in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace.

THE ROYAL FAMILY, 1936


Just a year before his coronation, Albert, his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and his daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret posed in front of Y Bwthyn Bach or The Little House, a 2/5 scale model of a Welsh cottage that was gifted as a playhouse for Elizabeth's sixth birthday.

PRINCESS ELIZABETH WITH HER DOG, 1936


Even at age 10, the future Queen was already a dedicated fan to her four-legged friends. Here, she cuddled her childhood pet, London, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

THE ROYAL FAMILY AT BALMORAL, 1951


Princess Elizabeth, her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne had a family picnic on the grounds at Balmoral, the castle that would become a favorite of the future-Queen's for summer holidays.

PRINCESS MARGARET, PRINCESS ANNE, AND ELIZABETH II, 1951


It seems that Princess Anne was just as charmed by her aunt as Princess Margaret's many fans. The future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister played with Elizabeth's baby daughter Anne on the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

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THE ROYAL FAMILY AT BALMORAL CASTLE, 1952


The summer after she began her reign (she wouldn't be coronated until 1953) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip took their children to Scotland for a visit.

PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS ANNE, 1952


Prince Charles and Princess Anne played on the grounds of Balmoral as children.

PRINCE CHARLES AND THE QUEEN MOTHER, 1954


Prince Charles was famously close to his beloved grandmother—he still visits and maintains the Castle of Mey, the coastal Scottish estate that the Queen Mother acquired in 1952 and counted as one of her favorite homes. Here we see him as a young boy with the Queen Mother and her dog Pippin.

THE QUEEN MOTHER AND HER GRANDCHILDREN, 1960


For the Queen Mother's 60th birthday, the family gathered in the garden of Clarence House in London. The proud grandmother held baby Prince Andrew while celebrating with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and, of course, the adored royal dogs.

PRINCESS ANNE, PRINCE ANDREW, AND AND PRINCE PHILIP, 1960


There's no denying that Queen Elizabeth's third child appeared to be a very happy baby. Grinning, the chubby cheeked Prince Andrew held on to his father and sister from his baby carriage on a walk through the grounds of Balmoral.

THE ROYAL FAMILY, 1960


On the grounds of Balmoral Castle, the royal family spent a relaxing afternoon during the summer of 1960.

THE ROYAL FAMILY, 1965


It might be traditional to offer the birthday girl flowers, but Prince Andrew offering his little brother, Prince Edward, a daffodil is so precious, we bet the Queen was willing to overlook the faux pas on her 39th birthday.

PRINCE EDWARD AND PRINCE CHARLES, 1969


The eldest of Queen Elizabeth's sons took the baby in the family for a spin in a go kart on the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1969.

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PRINCESS MARGARET, LORD SNOWDON, AND THEIR CHILDREN, 1969


Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon watched their children David Armstrong-Jones and Lady Sarah play in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II, PRINCESS ANNE, AND PETER PHILLIPS, 1977


Baby's first Balmoral visit! Just five days after he was born in November 1977, little Peter Phillips made the trip to Balmoral Castle so that the Queen could welcome her very first grandchild in true royal style.

PRINCESS ANNE AND MARK AND PETER PHILLIPS


Princess Anne, her first husband Mark Phillips, and their son Peter look postcard-perfect in this shot from 1979 or 1980.

PRINCESS DIANA AND PRINCE WILLIAM, 1983


With a smile like that, we can't blame Princess Diana for beaming with pride at baby Prince William in these family portraits taken at Kensington Palace when the Duke of Cambridge was just a toddler.

PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE HARRY, AND PRINCE WILLIAM, 1985


Though some have claimed that the heir doesn't get along with his sons, they look plenty close in this playful picture of Prince Charles with Prince William and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace.

THE QUEEN, PRINCE WILLIAM, AND PRINCE HARRY, 1987


Both of the princes have an affinity for polo—one that started early from the looks of this picture of the Queen with her grandsons in the Royal Box at Guards Polo Club in Windsor.

THE ROYAL GRANDSONS, 1988


While he might not have a royal title, the Queen's oldest grandson Peter Phillips certainly played like one alongside his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry on a fire engine on the Sandringham Estate as Princess Diana looked on.

PRINCE HARRY, 1988


Prince Harry kicked off the family tradition of sticking out royal tongues at photographers as he and his brother Prince William left the hospital after visiting the Duchess of York after the birth of her daughter, Princess Beatrice, at Portland Hospital.

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PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCE HARRY, 1989


First day of school pictures aren't just for commoners. Just look at Prince Harry in his adorable uniform on his first day at Wetherby in Kensington, the school both princely brothers attended from the ages of five to eight.

SARAH FERGUSON, PRINCESS BEATRICE, AND PRINCESS EUGENIE, 1992


The royal family love their winter sports and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and her two daughters with Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, were no exception in Klosters, Switzerland in 1992.

PRINCE HARRY, PRINCESS EUGENIE, PRINCESS BEATRICE, AND PRINCE WILLIAM, 1995


Long before Princess Eugenie met her husband-to-be at the royal-beloved ski resort town of Verbier, she was hitting the slopes with her cousins and sister.

DUCHESS KATE AND PRINCE WILLIAM, 2011


There's a reason that William and Kate's 2011 wedding set so many hearts aflutter; both of them so smitten and overjoyed that they can hardly keep the smiles off their faces for the traditional first kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

DUCHESS KATE, PRINCE WILLIAM, AND PRINCE GEORGE, 2013


Will and Kate pose for a sweet family snap with newborn Prince George and their beloved family dog, Lupo, in the summer of 2013. This snap was taken by Michael Middleton, Kate's dad.

PRINCE GEORGE AND DUCHESS KATE, 2014


Not every kid gets to spend three weeks on a tour of Australia and New Zealand before they turn 1, but with a sweet hug for his mom, Prince George reminded us all that he was still a regular little boy under all of the royal titles.

PRINCE WILLIAM, DUCHESS KATE, AND THEIR CHILDREN, 2015


The world was watching for Princess Charlotte's christening, and the royal family turned out in classic fashion with Prince George in his matching red and white shorts suit, the Duchess of Cambridge in a sleek white dress and fascinator, Prince William in a dapper navy suit, and the little princess herself in an old fashioned pram.

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PRINCE WILLIAM, DUCHESS KATE, PRINCE GEORGE, AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE, 2016


Royal family of four! The palace released this cute family photo of Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte playing in the snow while on a ski vacation in March 2016.

DUCHESS KATE AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE, 2016


Charlotte's first royal tour! This sweet snap was taken as Duchess Kate and Charlotte departed Victoria, Canada in October 2016 while on a royal tour of Canada.

PRINCE WILLIAM, DUCHESS KATE, PRINCE GEORGE, AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE, 2017


The royal family of four smiled for photos while at Trooping the Colour, Queen Elizabeth's annual birthday celebration in London.

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE, 2018


There were so many swoon-worthy moments at Harry and Meghan's May nuptials, but this moment when they saw one another up close for the first time on the wedding day was truly magical—no wonder Harry had to lean in and whisper "You look amazing."

KATE MIDDLETON AND MEGHAN MARKLE, 2018


Once things began to settle down after the royal wedding, the new Duchess of Sussex got to spend some ladies-only time with her sister-in-law at Wimbledon. The duo went to see Meghan's friend Serena Williams compete and clearly had a great time together.

PRINCE WILLIAM, DUCHESS KATE, PRINCE GEORGE, PRINCESS CHARLOTTE, AND PRINCE LOUIS, 2018


In July 2018, the royals celebrated the christening of little Prince Louis, Will and Kate's youngest child. The royal family of five posed for family photos featuring George, Charlotte, and Louis just after the christening.

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE, 2018


The royal family has traditionally been reserved when it comes to PDA, but newlyweds Harry and Meghan don't seem to be shy about their romance. After Harry played in a charity polo competition benefitting non-profit he founded, Sentebale, the couple showed their affection with a sweet public kiss.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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