All the Portraits of the Royal Children Over the Years

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All the Portraits of the Royal Children Over the Years

Princess Charlotte holding a butterfly for U.K.'s Butterfly Count Initiative, 2021
Princess Charlotte holding a butterfly for U.K.'s Butterfly Count Initiative, 2021
Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kesingtonroyal
Prince George's 8th birthday portrait, 2021
Prince George's 8th birthday portrait, 2021
Princess Charlotte's sixth birthday portrait, 2021
Princess Charlotte's sixth birthday portrait, 2021
Photo: By HRH Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Louis's third birthday portrait, 2021
Prince Louis's third birthday portrait, 2021
Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
The Cambridge family Christmas Card, 2021
The Cambridge family Christmas Card, 2021
Photo: By Matt Porteous/Courtesy of Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)
The Cambridge family with Sir David Attenborough in September 2020.
The Cambridge family with Sir David Attenborough in September 2020.
Photo: Courtesy of @kensingtonroyal
Prince George's seventh birthday portrait, 2020.
Prince George's seventh birthday portrait, 2020.
Photo: By Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
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Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
Princess Charlotte&#39;s fifth birthday portrait, 2020.
Princess Charlotte's fifth birthday portrait, 2020.
Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
Taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlotte&#39;s fifth birthday portraits show her delivering food to neighbors in need.
Taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlotte's fifth birthday portraits show her delivering food to neighbors in need.
Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
Charlotte&#39;s fifth birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Charlotte's fifth birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
Charlotte&#39;s fifth birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Charlotte's fifth birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Photo: By the Duchess of Cambridge/@kensingtonroyal
The Duchess of Sussex reads to her son, Archie. This Instagram video marked his first birthday and also raised awareness for charity.
The Duchess of Sussex reads to her son, Archie. This Instagram video marked his first birthday and also raised awareness for charity.
Photo: Courtesy of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Louis&#39;s second birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Prince Louis's second birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Photo: Courtesy of Kensington Palace/@kensingtonroyal
In his second birthday portraits, Louis is shown finger-painting rainbows. During the COVID-19 pandemic, children across the U.K. did so to support N.H.S workers.
In his second birthday portraits, Louis is shown finger-painting rainbows. During the COVID-19 pandemic, children across the U.K. did so to support N.H.S workers.
Photo: Courtesy of Kensington Palace/@kensingtonroyal
Prince Louis&#39;s second birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Prince Louis's second birthday portraits. Taken in spring 2020.
Photo: Courtesy of Kensington Palace/@kensingtonroyal
On social media, Kensington Palace shared this photograph with the caption &#x00201c;Instagram vs reality.&#x00201d;
On social media, Kensington Palace shared this photograph with the caption “Instagram vs reality.”
Prince George&#x002019;s sixth birthday portrait, 2019
Prince George’s sixth birthday portrait, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s sixth birthday portrait, 2019
Prince George’s sixth birthday portrait, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s sixth birthday portrait, 2019
Prince George’s sixth birthday portrait, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor&#x002019;s christening, July 6, 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening, July 6, 2019
Photo: Chris Allerton / Courtesy of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor&#x002019;s christening, July 6, 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening, July 6, 2019
Photo: Chris Allerton / Courtesy of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, June 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, June 2019
Photo: Courtesy of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Archie meets Queen Elizabeth, May 2019
Archie meets Queen Elizabeth, May 2019
Photo: Chris Allerton / Courtesy of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Louis at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Prince Louis at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince Louis and Prince William at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Prince Louis and Prince William at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince Louis and Kate Middleton at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Prince Louis and Kate Middleton at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Princess Charlotte at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Princess Charlotte at the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2019
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, May 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, May 2019
Photo: Courtesy of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Princess Charlotte&#39;s 4th birthday, 2019
Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Princess Charlotte&#39;s 4th birthday, 2019
Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace.
Princess Charlotte&#39;s 4th birthday, 2019
Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince Louis&#x002019;s first birthday, 2019
Prince Louis’s first birthday, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince Louis&#x002019;s first birthday, 2019
Prince Louis’s first birthday, 2019
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Princess Eugenie&#x002019;s wedding, 2018
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, 2018
Photo: Alex Bramall / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry&#x002019;s wedding, 2018
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, 2018
Photo: Alexi Lubomirski / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Princess Charlotte first day of nursery, 2018
Princess Charlotte first day of nursery, 2018
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s fifth birthday, 2018
Prince George’s fifth birthday, 2018
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince Louis&#x002019;s christening, 2018
Prince Louis’s christening, 2018
Photo: Matt Holyoak / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
At Prince Louis&#x002019;s christening, 2018
At Prince Louis’s christening, 2018
Photo: Matt Holyoak / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince Louis&#x002019;s homecoming with Princess Charlotte, 2018
Prince Louis’s homecoming with Princess Charlotte, 2018
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
The family&#x002019;s 2017 Christmas card
The family’s 2017 Christmas card
Photo: Chris Jackson / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s first day of school, 2017
Prince George’s first day of school, 2017
Photo: Chris Jackson / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Princess Charlotte&#x002019;s second birthday, 2017
Princess Charlotte’s second birthday, 2017
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s fourth birthday, 2017
Prince George’s fourth birthday, 2017
Photo: Chris Jackson / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Princess Charlotte&#x002019;s first birthday, 2016
Princess Charlotte’s first birthday, 2016
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s third birthday, 2016
Prince George’s third birthday, 2016
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s third birthday, 2016
Prince George’s third birthday, 2016
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s third birthday, 2016
Prince George’s third birthday, 2016
Photo: Matt Porteous / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Prince George&#x002019;s first day of nursery, 2016
Prince George’s first day of nursery, 2016
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
Princess Charlotte&#x002019;s homecoming with Prince George, 2015
Princess Charlotte’s homecoming with Prince George, 2015
Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge / Courtesy of Kensington Palace
The family&#x002019;s 2015 Christmas card
The family’s 2015 Christmas card
Photo: Chris Jelf / Courtesy of Kensington Palace

For fans of all things monarchial, a royal portrait release is an exciting time. And while any Windsor family moment is a fascinating one, there’s a particular frenzy around snapshots of the children—George, Charlotte, Louis, and Archie—since they aren’t seen at events quite as often as their parents. The most recent example? An adorable picture of Princess Charlotte, holding a butterfly, in honor of the U.K.'s Butterfly Count Initiative.

The three Cambridge children are also photographed for major milestones they experience along the year, whether it be for their birthday festivities or christening. The photos are often taken by mother Middleton herself, though a variety of photographers capture the full family moments.

Other portraits over the years have captured the children welcoming their new siblings home or slipping on their backpacks for their first day at nursery or school. Another not-to-be-missed event is the family’s yearly Christmas card, which always ranges in setting and style. Last year saw the Cambridge family in countryside casual, posed in front of a log pile.

Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stepped down from royal life, they still share some adorable details about Archie. For his first birthday, they posted an Instagram video of the Duchess reading to their baby son, to raise awareness for charity.

Above, see all of the children’s portraits over the years.

Originally Appeared on Vogue