It is a portrait
not only of a monarch, but of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother too.
Taken by renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle last month, this remarkable picture has been released by Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday today.
The Queen is seen for the first time cuddling the youngest of her family, 11-month-old Princess Charlotte.
Buckingham Palace has released another family portrait to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, this time of the monarch with some of the youngest members of the Royal Family, including little Prince George! Standing alongside his great-grandmother and little sister Charlotte, George looks adorable.
The Queen is pictured at Princess Charlotte's christening
along with Prince William, Prince George, and the Duchess of Cambridge, holding the little princess.
Perched proudly on a pile of foam blocks, but holding daddy's hand just in case, Prince George poses for his very first postage
stamp alongside his father, his grandfather – and the great-grandmother.
Here the smiles are soft and open and the eyes of both Princess Anne and her mother are appealing
. This is how the two women see one another.
The Queen with her daughter Princess Anne in March 1960 - away from the formalities of royal life, the two women are exceptionally
Smiling on the steps of Windsor Castle the Queen looks truly comfortable in the company of her four-legged and loyal companions.