Smiling in the gentle sunlight, Prince Charles is seen on his 70th birthday photographed for the first time with his entire dynasty – two sons, three grandchildren, and another yet to be born.
Grandpa Wales, as he is known by his brood, holds his first-born grandson, Prince George, five, on his knee, as the young prince, dressed in knee-high socks, shorts and loafers, smiles before bursting into laughter at something out of shot.
William revealed how Charles, who is patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, adores the creatures at Balmoral.
'He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the estate in Scotland – to the extent that he's given them names and is allowing them into the house!' he said.
According to one royal aide, the photoshoot turned into a 'really happy family day'. Another said: ‘It's clear the youngsters have a really lovely bond with their grandpa. He is very affectionate with them.’
Writing in Country Life, Charles referred to his 'alarming' 70th birthday and joked that he had 'all the scars that go with' his milestone age. He expressed concern over the UK' position as a food producer and suggested it could give itself the edge by becoming the world's most environmentally friendly one.
'As a … small island, I cannot see how our food production could ever compete within the world's commodity markets,’ he said.
'Perhaps, though, we could seek to establish the United Kingdom as the most environmentally friendly food producer with a unique “brand image”, as an island offering the highest standards of quality and natural goodness?’