A royal photographer has shared 7 of his favorite photos that give insight into the royal family’s family life

Prince Charles holds the youngest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Louis.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Royal photographer Chris Jackson took a family portrait in honor of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in 2018.

A royal family portrait featuring Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, their children, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

A portrait of the Royal Family from 2018 in honor of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The photo presented Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as Prince William, Kate Middleton, their three children, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“I was very lucky to do a project with the Prince of Wales for his 70th birthday,” Jackson said. “I photographed the prince extensively behind the scenes at his 70th birthday, and that culminated in this family portrait in the gardens of Clarence House, which was truly an honor to take. I love that special moment when the family enjoys clearly themselves and it’s just a lovely, relaxed moment.”

After the official portrait, he also took a photo of Prince Charles holding Prince Louis.

Prince Charles holds Prince Louis

Prince Charles holds Prince Louis after a family portrait photo shoot in the gardens of Clarence House in 2018.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“A lot of my work as a royal photographer is about capturing that formality, the pomp and ceremony that makes royals royals,” Jackson said. “But it’s very special to capture these beautiful family interactions. It’s definitely the thing that I appreciate the most and that really puts a smile on your face.”

Jackson took a traditional first day of school photo with Prince William and Prince George in 2017.

Prince William poses with Prince George on his first day at school

Prince William poses with Prince George on his first day at school in 2017.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“It was really nice capturing that moment with Prince George,” Jackson said. “I love his flippant expression, and it’s obviously an exciting time for him.”

He caught Prince George peeking into Princess Charlotte’s pushchair during her christening in 2015.

Prince George peeks into Princess Charlotte's stroller at her christening

Prince George peeks into Princess Charlotte’s pushchair during her christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in 2015.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“I love the unexpected nature of this moment, and it’s just so sweet,” Jackson said. “The nice thing is he’s actually on his tiptoes, trying to peek and get a glimpse.”

At the same event, Queen Elizabeth leaned over to speak to her great-grandson.

Queen Elizabeth leans down to speak to Prince George at Princess Charlotte's christening

Prince George of Cambridge talks to Queen Elizabeth at Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“It was a lovely moment – a bond between the generations here, Prince George talking to the Queen,” Jackson said. “Of course, no one really knows what they’re talking about, but he clearly seems quite curious. I loved the interaction between the two of them, and it’s quite rare to see those family moments.”

He captured a tender moment between Prince William and Prince George while visiting a zoo in Sydney, Australia in 2014.

Prince William holds Prince George and kisses his head.

Prince William kisses Prince George during his visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia in 2014.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“As any father knows, you kiss your son multiple times a day. But it’s pretty rare for me to capture a moment like this, as a royal photographer,” Jackson said. “It was one of the most poignant moments of the royal tour and something a little quieter, which is unusual.”

Jackson said the Highland Games in Scotland are one of his favorite royal engagements because “it’s a great opportunity to photograph the Royal Family at an event where they’re quite relaxed.”

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles laugh as they watch a tug of war game

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales laugh as they watch the tug of war at the Braemar Highland Games in Braemar, Scotland in 2010.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“A lot of times you look at the Queen and the Prince of Wales, and you almost forget they’re mother and son,” Jackson said. “So to see them at an event like this, clearly having fun and feeling relaxed, it reminds me of those family ties and that relationship.”

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