Kate Middleton shares rare unseen photograph of George, Charlotte and Louis with the Queen and it's so special

The Princess of Wales has shared a treasured photograph from her collection to mark the Queen's first birthday since her passing.

Kate Middleton split layout with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis
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Kate Middleton has shared a rare unseen snap of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with the Queen and it's so special.

Kate Middleton has shared a rare and unseen snap of her children George, Charlotte and Louis with the Queen as they posed alongside her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The late monarch would have celebrated her 97th birthday today and after the Royal Family paid tribute to the late Queen's 'incredible life', the Princess of Wales has shared a treasured snap from her family album which shows the Wales kids with the Queen as never seen before.

The picture, which was captioned, "Today would have been Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 97th birthday. This photograph - showing her with some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren - was taken at Balmoral last summer." 

The photo, with credit given to The Princess, shows the late Queen Elizabeth II sat on a green sofa at Balmoral, with Savanna Phillips and Mia Tindall sat beside her.

On Mia's knee is Lucas Tindall and perched on the arm of the sofa is Lena Tindall.

Meanwhile on the middle row standing behind the couch is Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips, and Prince Louis, with the Queen's grandchildren Lady Louise and James, Earl of Wessex.

The Queen and the royal family on the royal balcony

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And royal fans are delighted to see the rare insight into the royal children.

One fan commented, "Charlotte is so much like her!"

Another fan put, "Fantastic photograph. Happy heavenly birthday, Queen Elizabeth."

And a third fan added, "Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture with all of us!"

While a fourth said, "Beautiful photograph! What a precious memory. The kids are adorable, all of them!"

But missing from the photos were the Queen's remaining great grandchildren August and Sienna and also Prince Archie and Lilibet.

One fan wrote, "I think it's sad the Sussex kids will not really know their cousins."

Following the Queen's death, King Charles takes the throne and a coronation is being held next month which can be watched on TV in the UK and US. The celebration is rumored to cost $123m (£100million) and includes a coronation concert.

Prince Archie with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Kate Middleton is no stranger to taking gorgeous pictures of her family and traditionally releases a snap of her children on each birthday.

Kate Middleton is expected to release a new snap when Prince Louis turns 5 tomorrow and Princess Charlotte who celebrates her 9th birthday just over a week later.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)