Prince Charles birthday pictures: Cute Louis steals the show with playful ‘Grandpa Wales’
They are the images which show the lighter side of “Grandpa Wales” at work, rest and play.
Released to mark Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, the heartwarming snaps give a private insight into all aspects of his life. The camera has captured the heir to the throne behind the scenes of royal life, looking happy and relaxed, laughing and chatting or enjoying a quiet moment to himself. He is pictured with The Queen and with his wife Camilla, sons Princes William and Harry, their wives Kate and Meghan, and the Cambridge children George, Charlotte and Louis.
Chris Jackson, a photographer who has taken pictures of Charles for the last 15 years, shot the latest collection during a year of exclusive access.
One shot shows Charles beaming as he clutches a four-month-old Louis to his chest in the gardens of Clarence House on a sunny day last September.
Another from the same shoot shows Louis in a family group, grabbing a handful of his grandfather’s face as he leans forward from his mother Kate’s grip.
Charles, who has George, five, sitting on his knee and is flanked by his giggling wife Camilla, wears an expression of glee mixed with mock pain.
In a third, he is again all smiles as he leads the family to the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen is listening intently to what he is saying, while behind him Camilla and Prince William and Prince Edward’s wife Sophie share lighthearted conversation.
Another shows Charles sharing a joke with Prince William and Prince Harry as they mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a Buckingham Palace photoshoot in April.
All three are dressed in their RAF uniforms for a formal shot used in a commemorative stamp.
But in this instant, they are very much stood down – with father grinning and youngest son looking sheepishly into the ground.
Mr Jackson said: “There is a warmth and affection between father and sons. It’s a fun relationship – there’s banter. They’re all different characters, but they gel well.”
Mr Jackson said he has never seen Charles as happy as he was for the September Clarence House shot a round a bench.
Three-year-old Princess Charlotte swung on his arms and Prince Harry spirited the handkerchief away from the top pocket of his jacket.
“It was lovely chaos with the children” the photographer said. “He is a very hands-on grandfather. He was holding hands with George and Charlotte, and bouncing Louis up and down for a long time.
“George was very happy on the prince’s knee. They have a great relationship that’s a little more established, as George is a bit older.”
“This is someone with a sense of pride for his family. A sense of pride in what his children are achieving.”
In another shot from the Commonwealth meeting, Charles is seen laughing with his younger sister Princess Anne, who has her eyes closed and head thrown back in mirth.
He also brings a smile to a maid’s face as she offers him milk for his tea in his private sitting room at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland, last May.
Dame Judi Dench is also seen laughing uproariously in his company as the actress attends a reception at Dumfries House with partner David Mills.
“He has a great sense of humour,” Mr Jackson said. “I think that comes across in a lot of these photographs.
“That’s just him being him. I don’t think it’s something he puts on for the camera, you couldn’t do it across so many facets of your life.
“They see him as very serious, which he is. But I would like people to see the lighter side of him.”
The collection also shows the Prince working quietly by himself in the Dumfries House sitting room and, sunglasses-clad, in the gardens at Highgrove, near Tetbury, Gloucs.
Charles, a passionate environmentalist and champion of British farming, is also seen tipping a bucket of feed out for his Burford brown and Maran chickens at Highgrove.
The Queen’s oldest son celebrated his birthday last Wednesday with events culminating in a black tie dinner at Buckingham Palace.
He was saluted by artillery guns, hosted a reception for other people who turned 70 this year, and praised warmly by the Queen at the banquet
“It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday,” she said.
“It is rather like – to use an analogy I am certain will find favour – planting a tree and being able to watch it grow.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK