Prince George is the talk of the Internet today, thanks to an adorable new photoshoot from Royal Mail.
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, two-year-old George has posed alongside dad Prince William, grandad Prince Charles and her Majesty herself for the most aww-inducing snap.
The photo, captured by famed fashion photographer Ranald Mackechnie, will be used on postage stamps to commemorate the special occassion. And what a photo it is…
In the picture, you see a jolly little cherub-cheeked George balancing on a pile of books as he holds his dad William’s hand and flashes a huge cheeky grin at the camera. TOO CUTE.
The Queen, cleverly colour coordinated with her great grandson in a pale blue dress, sits to his left, whilst grandad Prince Charles perches happily by her side dressed in a dapper navy suit.
So, how did the photographer manage to get such a perfect snap of the toddler? We mean, that face tilt to the camera is bang on!
Well, he’s given an interview to the Telegraph whereby Mackechnie explains just what a little star George was on the day…
‘He was absolutely charming, as you can see from the picture’, Ranald said. ‘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.
‘He was fascinated by my lights and all the kit, and he was quite happy standing on the blocks. I took maybe 80 or 100 shots, but when I saw this one I knew straight away that was it.’
Mr Mackechnie, who had 18 months to prepare for the prestigious royal shoot, chose the white drawing room at Buckingham Palace for the shoot location, and explained that the positioning of each family member was hugely important.
‘Because the picture was going to be turned into stamps on a sheet, each person’s head had to be in exactly the right place’, he said. ‘A millimetre the wrong way on the final stamp sheet would have made the perforations too close together, so I had to make sure everyone was spaced the right distance apart.’
Kensington Palace shared the image on Twitter this morning with the caption: ‘@RoyalMail celebrates #Queenat90 with a specially commissioned Stamp Sheet of 4 generations of the Royal Family.’