Most iconic royal baby photos throughout history

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In celebration of the new royal baby boy, we take a look at some of the most iconic and cutest royal baby photos in history. 

The art of royal baby photography is a tricky one. Make it too formal and you risk looking unapproachable and outdated. Go too far the other way and you may break centuries-old royal protocol. 

Luckily for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, though, their mum and dad seem to be a dab hand at getting cute pictures of their offspring just right. We can’t help but coo uncontrollably every time new photos are released of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s little family, which has just grown by another member.  

As we wait with bated breath for more news about the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, we look back at some of the family’s loveliest photo opportunities yet, and take a trip down memory lane at some of the royals who have come before them. 

From an austere photograph of a curly-haired future Edward VIII with Queen Victoria in 1896 to a candid snap of Queen Elizabeth II’s great-granddaughter Mia Phillips cuddling her mum, come see how royal baby photography has evolved over the years, capturing the royal family at their most endearing…

Kate Middleton and Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital with their newborn son, George, on July 23, 2013 in London.

A cheeky looking Prince George sitting for his official Christmas picture in a courtyard at Kensington Palace, in late November of 2014 in London.

FRENCH ALPS, FRANCE - MARCH 3: (NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private skiing break on March 3, 2016 in the French Alps, France. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images) (TERMS OF RELEASE - News editorial use only - it being acknowledged that news editorial use includes newspapers, newspaper supplements, editorial websites, books, broadcast news media and magazines, but not (by way of example) calendars or posters.)

Kate Middleton and Prince William with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private skiing break on March 3, 2016 in the French Alps, France.

"NO UK USE FOR 28DAYS" 29.09.2016; Victoria, Canada: PRINCE GEORGE AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE attend children’s party for military families, Government House, Victoria Prince George and Princess Charlotte are accompaning their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their tour of Canada. Mandatory Photo Credit: ©Francis Dias/NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL

Kate Middleton and Prince William play with their two children at a children’s party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016.

NORFOLK, ENGLAND - APRIL 2017: In this undated handout image released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte is pictured at home in April in Norfolk, England. The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk to mark Princess' second birthday. (Photo by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images) NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use including, for example, calendars, books and supplements). This photograph is provided to you strictly on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

An official photograph of Princess Charlotte in celebration of her second birthday in Norfolk, April 2017. 

Zara Phillips with Mia Tindall

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips takes her two-month-old baby daughter Mia to see dad Mike Tindall play rugby in Gloucester, March 2014.

NORTHLEACH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall watch the racing as they attend the Heythrop Hunt Point-to-Point horse racing meet at Cocklebarrow Racecourse on January 25, 2015 near Northleach, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Zara Phillips, second child of Princess Anne, and her daughter Mia Tindall watching the racing as they attend the Heythrop Hunt Point-to-Point horse racing meet in January 2015.

BADMINTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 06: Zara Tindall with daughter Mia looks on during Day Three of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 6, 2016 in Badminton, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Zara Phillips carrying her daughter Mia, during the Badminton Horse Trials in May, 2016.

Peter Phillips with Savannah Phillips

Zara’s brother Peter Phillips gives daughter Savannah a ride at the Gatcombe Horse Trials in May 2012.

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with James Mountbatten-Windsor

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with James Mountbatten-Windsor 

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex pose for the obligatory baby shot with their newborn son, the casually-named James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, in December 2007.

Sarah Ferguson with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York holding her daughter Princess Beatrice of York at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, May 1990.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1990 showing off their newborn daughter, Princess Eugenie, at Portland Hospital in London.

A four-year-old Princess Eugenie making her love for candyfloss known at The Royal Windsor Horse Show.

 Duke And Duchess Of York with little Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, donning matching denim dresses at Royal Windsor Horse Show. 

Princess Eugenie is caught on camera at during sports day at Upton House School in 1994, sitting on her mother’s lap. 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William and Prince Harry 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana leaving St Mary’s Hospital with baby Prince William on June 22, 1982 in London. 

Six-month-old Prince William looks adorable lying on the floor of his home in Kensington Palace. 

Princess Diana helping Prince William with a jigsaw puzzle toy in his playroom at home in Kensington Palace, October 1985.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana with their newborn second child, Prince Harry, on 17 September, 1984. 

Diana, Princess Of Wales, sitting in the sun on the steps of The Marivent Palace with her son, Prince Harry.

Diana plays the piano at Kensington Palace with her two little boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, in October 1985.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip with Princess Anne and Prince Charles

Zipping back in time and Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) proudly poses with her daughter Princess Anne in 1951.

It’s a family affair for a young Prince Charles, Princess Anne and their parents (Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh) in a photo taken at Clarence House, London, in January 1951.

Prince Charles seems very taken with his sister Anne in this delightful photo from 1951.

Elizabeth, the Duchess of York with Princess Margaret 

Elizabeth, the Duchess of York looks on lovingly at her daughter Princess Margaret in November 1930.

Queen Elizabeth II

With a head full of curls, it’s the future Queen of England - Princess Elizabeth - pictured in 1927.

A nurse holds a tiny Princess Elizabeth close after her christening at Buckingham Palace in June 1926.

Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was born in Greece - he’s pictured here in Corfu in August 1922.

Mary, the Duchess of York with Prince Albert 

A very early baby photo of Prince Albert (the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II’s father) with his mother Mary, the Duchess of York (the future British Queen Mary of Teck), around 1896.

Queen Victoria with Edward VIII

He would later cause a global scandal by abdicating the throne for the woman he loved, but the future Edward VIII looks positively angelic here. He’s pictured aged two and a half with his grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1896.

Queen Victoria 

Back before photography was invented, this portrait by by S.P. Denning shows the future Queen Victoria, aged four years old, in 1823.

Images: Getty Images / Additional words:  Abi Jackson