The Windsors released some never-before-seen photos of Prince Philip

The Windsors released photos of Prince Philip, including some photos which have never been released publicly. I feel like Buckingham Palace told the senior royals that Wednesday was the day they could highlight some of their favorite photos, which is why some of these are just regular old snaps from Trooping the Colour or Ascot. I actually love the photo Charles chose of himself and his father on horseback, presumably playing polo. Charles chose a photo where his father looks particularly dashing.

But the “money shots” are the ones which have not been released before, and they come courtesy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. One of the photos – of the Queen and Philip with their great-grandchildren (at the time) – was taken by Kate. She was there as part of a formal photoshoot with a professional photographer, and she snapped her own pics (which is why only George is looking at her camera). The other photo is from Balmoral in 2015, when Charlotte was just a wee baby. The cutest thing about that photo is the Queen and Charlotte looking at each other instead of the person taking the photo.

Speaking of William and Kate’s kids, Us Weekly had this story:

Remembering their great-grandfather. Prince William and Duchess Kate are helping their children understand the death of Prince Philip. While grieving for his late grandfather, the Duke of Cambridge, 38, has also had to explain the situation to his Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. “William told George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip has ‘gone to heaven’ and ‘is an angel now,’” a royal insider told Us Weekly exclusively. “They’re still so young so he and Kate wanted to let them down gently.”

According to the source, the younger royals have not been unaffected by their great-grandfather’s passing. “Naturally, the children are very upset, particularly George and Charlotte,” added the insider. “Louis is still very young and had only met Prince Philip a couple of times.”

Still, William and the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, have been finding ways for their children to remember Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of over 70 years. “George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him,” the source shared.

[From Us Weekly]

Yeah… my guess is that William wasn’t the one having the “where do we go when we die” talk with his children. It was probably Kate, or failing that, Carole. Anyway, cute photos.

Photos courtesy of social media, Avalon Red.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    They are cute photos, interesting that they released the picture taken by Kate and not by the professional photographer.

    I am laughing at people on twitter though who are almost gleeful that Archie isn’t in the Balmoral picture (or very “concerned” that he will never know his cousins etc) – its from 2018! He wasn’t born! Are we concerned that Louis isnt in the picture with Charlotte and George and the grandparents?

    I do find it interesting that the pictures with the great-grandkids are both from Balmoral, it gives the vibe that that’s the only place where the Queen and PP interact with the great-grandkids.

    As an aside – I thought Eugenie’s statement about her grandfather was lovely.

    • Cecilia says:

      They could have chosen to add the pic released when archie was born tho. You know with meghan the queen doria philip and harry. But i guess this was supposed to be more personal and therefore it had to be unreleased pics? Anyway the pictures are cute

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah I think the point was to show pictures never before seen? I love that pic of Philip and the Queen with Archie etc because they both look like….well, like loving great-grandparents who are thrilled to meet their grandson’s new baby.

        don’t get me wrong, I would have love to have seen a picture with Archie (or even with Meghan and Philip), but I dont think the 2018 picture was the huge snub that some people think it was. It may have been one of the last pictures with Philip and all (at the time) his great-grandchildren.

      • Melissa says:

        They can’t post photos they don’t own the rights to without getting permission. And I don’t think the Keenbridges are ringing up the Sussexes to talk about copyrights at this time.

      • Becks1 says:

        That’s a good point Melissa and one I hadn’t thought of – that they dont have the rights to any pictures of Archie.

      • Jolie says:

        isn’t there only one photo of of E & P with Archie, and that has already been published.
        H & M wanted him kept private didn’t they?

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Jolie. Yes, Archie was pretty locked down in his first year as far as photos were concerned. There were the initial photos (the queen, Philip, Doria, etc) and then really not much until his first birthday. Other than the shots when Meghan went to watch Harry play polo and one photo from Canada (taken by Meghan?).

    • Mila says:

      They are not concerned by anything, they are just obsessed and want to see him.

    • Dee says:

      If Kate took the photo, then Kate gets paid when the photo is used. Also helps with the Kate the Photographer embiggening.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Yep. They did the same thing with the earlier photo they posted (Phil and George). It was also by Kate.

      • Nic919 says:

        And yet there are no complaints of the money Kate would get because of those copyrights. Considering she is living on taxpayer funds, does she ever declare this income?

        And I am sure that Harry and Meghan are strict about Archie’s image being released because Archie already ended up in one of those Kate’s cuties things in the DM.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      Kate owns the rights to her contributed photos w/ the kids, so yay residuals from the tabloids.
      I thought “earning money is not something Royals do”?

      Also she gets to cut out Archie like he never existed. Which the BRF all seem very happy to be on board with.

      My gods this family is trash.

  2. Zoe B says:

    Why do they always dress George like that???

    • Snuffles says:

      It’s some stupid unwritten, aristocratic rule that boys of a certain age must wear shorts. They can’t wear pants until they are older. And apparently in the dead of winter as well.

      • Kalana says:

        They’re only doing that with George though. Louis gets to wear normal clothes.

      • Travelin says:

        The sweater is cute but I hate that stupid shirt that they always put George in. He must have 3 dozen of that same style in long sleeve, short sleeve and different trim colors in all the sizes from baby to age 7! Once would be fine. Twice maybe. But it seems like every picture of George he is wearing that same shirt!

      • My Two Cents says:

        Travelin, yup, George will certainly get teased later on when his friends see him in those shirts that look like girls shirts ha ha But that’s Kate looking at old photos of Will and Charles and just copying what they wore 40 / 70 years ago.

    • Dee says:

      Part of the Diana cosplay is dressing up George in William and Harry shirts from the 80s.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      I read someplace it’s so the photos have a “timeless” look.

    • harperc says:

      I read awhile back that it was kind of a uniform for official pics,that he’s rumpled and wears normal clothes in day to day life. And that it worked like a simple form of camouflage,that people didn’t recognize him in public because he wasn’t wearing the side part and short pants.

  3. aquarius64 says:

    I admit I was peeved when there was no pics of Archie and August. I think all of Philip’s great grandchildren.

    • Becks1 says:

      I wonder if he ever met August? he went into the hospital pretty soon after he was born. And he may have only met Archie a few times, since Archie went to Canada in November/December 2019 and and hasn’t been back to the UK.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Becks1 : Exactly. I was just thinking that today. H&M left Britain to spend American Thanksgiving in the US supposedly. So Archie would have been gone by November 2019. And August is what I call a covid baby – God knows if that kid’s seen anyone.

    • Cecilia says:

      I don’t think he’s seen august but I suspect philip has seen archie plenty through zoom

      • Melissa says:

        I’m sure Eugenie went to see PP in the past couple of weeks since they knew his death was imminent. I’d be shocked if she didn’t bring August to meet him.

      • liz says:

        And assuming E did bring the baby to visit Philip, I seriously doubt that there were photos taken. If there were, they were not going to be released. Philip was in really rough shape, particularly at the end. Having been with my Dad in the days and weeks before he died (and he was 20 years younger than Philip), there were no photos being taken of a dying man. I’m no fan of Philip’s, but you have to allow a 99 year old man some dignity when he’s dying. Photo ops are not part of that.

    • ShazBot says:

      The article also says he only met Louis a handful of times and Louis is just about 3 years old, so I have a feeling that Philip wasn’t seeing much family in the last few years.

  4. SnowQueenM says:

    I also really like the picture that Charles picked to share. But then, a sense of style was never really an issue for Charles. Sensitivity, on the other hand…

  5. Sofia says:

    The kids look adorable. Really like the pic where HM and Charlotte are looking at each other.

    • ABritGuest says:

      I love that little look between Charlotte and the queen! Also the balmoral 2018 picture is very cute with their great grandchildren & ahh at Charlotte holding Louis’ hand & Mia’s little pose.

    • Horse Marine says:

      Me too! I found that pic incredibly sweet.

    • Couch potato says:

      Is it just a coincident that Charlotte is the one sitting between her great grandparents, not the FFFK? I probably wouldn’t gave noticed if it weren’t for the first photo where TQ and Charlotte are looking at eachother instead of the photographer.

      Might I also point out that Kate looks good and healthy in that photo.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        @Couch potato
        I agree about Kate. She always does look so much better with extra weight but I suppose living with William and his shenanigans can really grind a person down. (not giving her a pass for her actions, just an observation)

      • Tessa says:

        It is great that Charlotte got the center. In the Charles birthday photo she sits away from the rest of the Cambridge and Charles paid more attention to the male children.

  6. Florence says:

    Aww Charlotte’s jazz hands are sweet. What a character.

    I feel like this release now is very pointed. Perhaps it’s just that there are no shots with Archie and all the others, but no Louis either? Are K-Hate and Bulliam above sifting through photos with both the (at the time) youngest great-grands to try and not show Archie in a group picture? And not finding one that also didn’t include Louis, so they just went for the ones with no Archie at all and figured at least the heir is in the picture?

    I’m probably reading into it too much.

    • Cecilia says:

      Did you miss the pic where the queen is holding a baby louis?

    • Becks1 says:

      Louis is in the picture from 2018. Louis and Lena are the babies.

    • Lemons says:

      I mean…Would there be any group photos with Archie? I feel like if there were, we would have seen them. I wasn’t expecting to see any…

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      Charlottle’s a girl just having fun lol. She’s the one to watch for, her and Savannah (isn’t she the oldest, the one that pushed George down that hill at polo?). They’ve got the “spunk” of their generation (so far), tho Mia isn’t a slouch.

      Love the red MJs that Char’s wearing. And while they look great with the blue dress (MUCH more stylish than a blue, or black/gray shoe that the other girls are wearing), wonder if Keen Lynchpin put those on her to make her stand out more (as the eye first goes to the bright color in the pic).

    • Chica says:

      Florence, ask yourself when would there have been an opportunity to take such a pic with Archie? It does not exist. Archie left UK at 6months old and has not returned. He’s never spent a Christmas with that family. He’s never spent a summer with them at balmoral either. And why would he he have? The entire family was shady upon during and immediately after his birth. Khate didn’t even acknowledge him at the polo game that summer. He’s never gone to balmoral and I don’t blame Meghan, as surely those children wouldn’t have been thought to be welcoming to him. Aside from Eugenie, I don’t anticipate any of the other cousins to know and interact with him , even through zoom. So I definitely know their Laurent’s aren sharing anything about him to them. Good.

      He’ll never have to suffer whatever transfer of ill will and bad vibes their parents inevitably past onto them by the jealousy, disdain and rejection they hold for Meghan.

      • Courtney B says:

        I feel badly that Archie (and baby Sussex) and the Cambridge kids may not have any relationship given that Meghan is a de facto only child. The Cambridges will at least have Middleton cousins. Archie and Louis especially being the closest in age and farthest down the line could’ve perhaps gotten up to a lot. But that’s on the Cambridges and especially William. Just more proof of him being a jackass—like any more was needed. Hopefully he’ll have some relationship with august or any other children. Because cousins can be a lot of fun to be friends with.

      • Oh says:

        I am actually happy that Archie and his sister will live far away from that dysfunctional family. Cambridges are not a “normal” family and they will treat Archie and his sister the same way as Bulliam treated Harry and even worse. Archie and his sister will grow up, go to school and make their own friends. They don’t need Cambridge children.

  7. Eleonor says:

    Lovely photos, that’s all I have.

  8. BayTampaBay says:

    Love the polo picture of Charles & Philip!

    “Charles chose a photo where his father looks particularly dashing.”

    What is so strange to me is that in some ways Charles is the least selfish person in the world and in other ways he is the most selfish person in the world. Not many royals would choose a picture where their father looks “more dashing” than they do.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I actually see a huge resemblance to WIll in that young photo of Charles with Phillip. For a split second I thought it WAS Will but then I realized it wouldn’t be an old black and white pic of him….lol.

    • molly says:

      I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between Charles and Philip. Philip looks so dashing, handsome, and comfortable up on the horse. Charles looks… much less so. Like he wants to put back on his double breasted suit and go read some books in the gardens of Highgrove again.

  9. equality says:

    Where are the photos of Peter, Zara, Louise and James? So far no statements or photos from Peter and Zara. I wonder if they asked to not be included for some reason or are they lower on the list and pictures will be posted later? You would think there would be old pictures of Phil with all the grandchildren. There are idiots on Twitter comparing Kate to Lord Snowdon for her photography.

    • Midnight@theOasis says:

      Say what? That’s funny. Kate is no Lord Snowden.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      How stupid can people get??? Snowdon was up there with David Bailey, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh. Really, giving Wiglet anything more that a Kodak instamatic disposable camera is a waste.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Part of me wonders if some of these sycophantic comments are Palace staffers pretending to be stans — like, that’s in the job description. 😆

    • Katy says:

      I was thinking this too Equality! Zara and Peter are the oldest grandkids so I assume there would be lots of pics of them with their grandparents?

      Also the pic of ‘all the great grand kids’ at the time is missing one of Peter’s kids? Isla I think?

      It would have been nice to include the other grand kids and their kids with Philip, it’s so W&K centric, Philip wasn’t the monarch, he was the consort so they have no more ownership over this moment than Harry, Zara, Peter, Eugenie or Beatrice and what about Edwards kids?! No one ever mentions them lol They are younger grandkids but grandkids nonetheless.

      Also, I’m sure there were outtakes/never before seen pics of the first time Philip met Archie that they could have used, with just him (Philip), the Queen, M&H and A. That would have been lovely to see.

      It’s so funny to me how few family photos these ppl have together and that they use formal, regular media event shots for tributes. Like the pic of Eugenie and Beatrice with him is the best they could muster? Lol

      You’d think a memorial and tribute to someone would be the time to intersperse personal photos to go along with the formal ones. Shrug.

      Like where’s the photo of ALL the grand kids and Philip at the barbecue at balmoral? Or something like that.

      And it’s funny that they admit Louis has only met Philip a few times, granted his only 2 (about to turn 3) but the media comes so hard and M&H about moving away and ripping A away from the RF but long before they did, W&K had kids and it just doesn’t seem like they spend any substantial time with the RF. In fact, I tend to think over all this family (the whole RF) doesn’t spend a lot of quality family time together.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Vanity Fair and other publicans always seems to put Sophie & Edward’s kids in with the great-grandchildren as the Wessex kids are so much younger than their Windsor-Mountbatten-Glücksburg first cousins.

  10. Beach Dreams says:

    I assumed the palace released these photos to try to distract from the epic backlash of Andrew demanding to be an admiral. I don’t think they expected the reaction to be so strong, which is stupid but we know there aren’t exactly geniuses running the show.

  11. Mich says:

    Lovely pictures.

    George’s twee little outfits crack me up.

  12. Woke says:

    Did we hear anything from Beatrice, Peter or Zara ?

  13. TeamMeg says:

    I wonder if on Father’s day, the Cambridges will post photos of handmade Father’s Day cards to Great Grandpa in Heaven?

  14. Wilma says:

    These people are always weaponising their offspring.

  15. Nic919 says:

    Eugenie’s message on Instagram seems like something she decided to do on her own and none of the other grandkids besides William and Harry released a statement. And the release of photos is a Cambridge thing because they have to keep feeding the beast. The other grandkids don’t have to worry about the media in the same way.

  16. Carolind says:

    To my knowledge Peter Philip’s is the only grandchild to have seen the Queen since Prince Philip died.

    So…Penny did make the funeral cut.

    • PrincessK says:

      Of course Penny would be there. The Queen accepted her long ago, and would even go to Church with her at Sandringham, leaving Philip at home at Wood Farm

  17. Lululu says:

    Can I just say that as a photographer my number one pet peeve is when parents are taking pictures over my shoulder and their kids are looking at them and not me? Ugh.

  18. Ann says:

    All the kids are very cute but I think Charlotte is just so adorable. She seems cheeky too which I like. I suspect she’s full of beans.