Even though taking family portraits is usually one of the most stress-inducing things ever, thumbing through 'em years later is always a blast. If you enjoy looking back at old throwbacks, and love the royals as much as we do, have a spot of tea and nibble on some biscuits — er, cookies — and scroll through this list of our favorite portraits ever taken of the Windsors.
Taken just one month after Prince Charles was born, here Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) holds her son at Buckingham Palace and poses for the camera moments after his christening ceremony. Based on this photo, we think it's safe to say Queen Elizabeth's hat game was strong back then, too.
Two years later, it was Princess Anne's turn to sit still and take christening photos with mama and papa bear. Does anyone else thinking Prince Charles is trying to give his sis the bunny ears in this?
This fun candid was the first color photograph ever taken of Princess Anne and it sure is a good one. It's as if Princess Anne was trying to say, "No, daddy, the camera's THIS way!"
Captured just moments after Prince William's christening ceremony, the royal crew (Prince Charles, Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Queen Elizabeth), gathered around a golden couch inside Buckingham Palace to take a few snaps with the new baby. As you can see, the star of the show is simply not having it.
Here, Charles and Diana pose causally with William, 4, and , 2, — in matching outfits no less — while strolling through a wild flower meadow just outside their Highgrove home. Will is all about striking a pose, but, true to his rebellious self, it looks like Harry is refusing to smile for the camera.
A few months later, the Prince and Princess of Wales took this gorgeous photo of the royal gang and their adorable pet at Kensington Palace. Anyone else cracking up over Harry and Wills' flaming-red shoes?
If you thought baby Will and Harry were adorable, here they are as teenagers posing with extended family at Prince William's confirmation at the Windsor Castle. Such good-looking young lads, aren't they?
Nearly 14 years later, newlyweds Kate and Will were all smiles posing with the kiddie members of their wedding party in the throne room at Buckingham Palace. An all-kids picture? We all know how long those take.
Fast forward and we have Kate and Will posing outside the Middleton Family home with little George and their pups Lupo and Tilly by their side. We're sure they had a glam squad help them out, but still ... can this picture be any more perfect?!
And just like that, it was christening photo time again for the newest member of their family, Princess Charlotte. We're not surprised — everyone looks absolutely stunning. And we can't wait to see what the new family portraits look like a year from now. That is, of course, if there is actually .