His birthday may have come and gone but the party is still going for Prince Charles and his royal family.
Three stunning new photos released at the weekend in The Sunday Times’ ST Magazine, show the prince playing around and laughing with his grandkids and sons and relishing in the time spent with his closest family members.
The beautiful photos were taken by regular royal photographer Christopher Jackson at the prince’s Highgrove House residence and once again captured the future king’s playful attitude.
Accompanied by the tagline ‘Grandpa Wales’, the first photo in the series, and cover shot of the magazine, shows Charles cuddling up to his youngest grandson, Prince Louis, with both sporting a cheeky smile.
In another, Charles is seen sharing a laugh with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The three royal men were posing for a commemorative stamp to mark Charles’s 70th birthday, with the camera perfectly capturing the moment the three broke into laughter.
The magazine also featured the third group shot of the next generation of royals to be released within a week, this time showing Charles laughing as Louis reaches down to grab at his face.
The gorgeous photo shows Catherine leaning over so that Louis can reach his grandma, while William, Harry, Meghan and Camilla watch on laughing. Little Prince George and Princess Charlotte meanwhile perfectly content as they sit front row, with George on his grandpa’s knee and Charlotte cross-legged next to Camilla.
The photos are just the latest in a series of intimate images of Charles and his family released to mark his 70th birthday. Many of the stunning images appeared in the BBC documentary Prince, Son And Heir: Charles At 70, which took a behind-the-scenes look at the future king’s life as he prepares to ascend the throne in the coming years.
At 70, Charles will undoubtedly be one of the oldest royals to take the throne in recent history after his mother, the Queen, ends her record-breaking 66-year reign.
The BBC documentary offered insight into what kind of a king Charles will be when he finally does take over the Commonwealth, with the environment and his family clear passions of the prince’s.
While his family life will obviously continue to play a large role in his life once he becomes king, Charles joked in the TV special that he’ll tone down his interventionist ways when he becomes king and rule in a way that’s more aligned with his mother’s methods.
“I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign,” he told the documentary filmmaker John Bridcut.
“So, of course, I understand entirely how that should operate.
“The idea somehow that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense. Because the two situations are completely different.”
He added: “You can’t be the same as sovereign if you’re the Prince of Wales or the Heir, it’s a different function.”