Happy birthday, Prince Charles! Royals are more candid than ever in new family portrait


The royals get candid!

Kensington Palace released two brand new portraits of the British royal family on Tuesday, ahead of Prince Charles' 70th birthday on Wednesday. The photos, taken by Chris Jackson, feature Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, as well as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

"Wishing a very Happy 70th Birthday to The Prince of Wales!" the Palace wrote on Twitter. "Two new photographs of The Prince of Wales and his family, taken by @ChrisJack_Getty in the garden of Clarence House, have been released to celebrate HRH's 70th birthday."

The family is all-smiles in the color-coordinated photos, with everyone dressed in white, blue or some combination of the two. In the first portrait released, they looked more relaxed than is expected in official portraits released by the Palace, echoing a loosening of rules that observers of the British royals have noticed over the past year and change.

Meghan, Camilla and George are all mid-laugh in the portrait, with George sitting excitedly on his grandfather's lap, while Camilla urges Charlotte to look in the direction of the camera. Meanwhile, Harry has his arm around his wife and his brother, William, stands proudly with his own wife, who is holding their youngest child, Louis, welcomed in May.

In celebration of Prince Charles' birthday, look at photos of the future king in the gallery below: