Mother’s Day may not be until next month for Australia and the United States of America but people across the United Kingdom celebrated the special day on Sunday.
Buckingham Palace paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth by sharing a series of unseen photographs of the 92-year-old on social media. In each of the photographs shared on Instagram, the respected royal was seen with each of her four children as babies decades ago.
Along with the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth is the parent of Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. Prince Charles was born in 1948, Princess Anne arrived in 1950, Prince Andrew was welcomed in 1960, while Prince Edward came along in 1965.
“Wishing our followers a very Happy Mothering Sunday,” the post on Instagram read. “These photographs show The Queen with each of her four children.”
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Wishing our followers a very Happy Mothering Sunday! These photographs show The Queen with each of her four children. From left to right, with The Prince of Wales in 1950 in the Gardens of @ClarenceHouse, helping The Princess Royal fit a bridle to ‘Greensleaves’ the pony in Balmoral in 1955, with @hrhthedukeofyork in 1960 also in Balmoral, Scotland and holding Prince Edward in 1965 in Windsor. #MothersDay
In the first photograph on the top left, the Queen can be seen playing with a young Prince of Wales in 1950. According to the post, the photograph was taken on the grounds of Clarence House. In another photo dated 1955, seen in the top right, the Queen is photographed with a young Princess Anne and a horse in Balmoral.
Also in Balmoral, another photo of the Queen was shared, this time with the Duke of York as a baby. The final photo showed a very young Prince Edward with his mother in Windsor in 1965.
Royal fans around the world couldn’t get enough of the special photographs and shared their thoughts online.
One person wrote: “What lovely family photos. Happy Mothering Sunday to Her Majesty and all her family!”
Another comment read: “Thank you very much and a very happy Mother’s Day to Her Majesty so much love to you.”
A third added: “The role of mother is a blessing and being able to enjoy your children is the most wonderful thing.”
The Duke of York also shared another special photograph on Instagram.
“Wishing all our followers a very happy Mothering Sunday!” the post read. “In this photo, taken in 1962, The Queen and Prince Andrew enjoy a carriage ride around Windsor Castle.”
Meanwhile, Clarence House chose to share a more recent photograph of the Queen and Prince Charles from 2018.
“The Queen and The Prince of Wales (known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland) attend the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in September 2018,” that post read.
In the photo, the two royals could be seen smiling with delight.
It comes after the Queen shared her first Instagram post last month.
Most members of the royal family don’t have access to their own social media accounts, so the most was highly anticipated for royalists around the world. For the major technological milestone, Her Majesty decided to merge history with modern technology. She shared a photograph of a letter addressed to her great-great grandfather, Prince Albert.
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Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert. Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the “Difference Engine”, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the “Analytical Engine” upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron. Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors. Elizabeth R. PHOTOS: Supplied by the Royal Archives © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
“Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,” she wrote alongside the letter at the time. “Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the ‘Difference Engine’, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843.”
The Queen went on to explain that in the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the “Analytical Engine”.
“Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors,” she added.
She ended the post by signing off as “Elizabeth R.”