Prince Charles just shared a throwback photo of the Queen and Prince Philip and it's so sweet

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales seen during his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at Clarence House on October 22, 2020 in London, England
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Prince Charles has posted a candid throwback photograph of himself and his royal parents, the Queen (opens in new tab) and Prince Philip, on a family day out as he sets half-term nature challenges. 

Prince Charles has shared a candid photograph from his childhood, giving a unique insight into the close relationship between him and his royal parents.

Yesterday, the official Clarence House Instagram account posted a black-and-white family picture of the Prince of Wales as a young boy alongside the Queen and Prince Philip who are set to break a special royal record (opens in new tab) this year. 

In it, he can be seen feeding ducks, whilst the Queen and Prince Philip look on, sheltered from the rain by umbrellas. The Queen also appears to have bread in her hand, suggesting she joined in with her son’s fun activity on this family day out.

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The caption explained: ‘We hope you have the chance to enjoy your local wetlands during your daily walk, this Waterside Wednesday! 🥾☔

‘📸🦆 Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the young Prince of Wales feed the ducks at the Severn Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge (1961).’ 

The caption then continued, giving royal fans a little more detail about this beautiful place: ‘The @wwtworldwide was founded by conservationist Sir Peter Scott in 1946 at this site in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire (@wwtslimbridge). The Trust now manages nine additional wetland reserves across the UK, including seven sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). #PoWNatureChallenge’. 

The Prince of Wales has been setting a series of nature-based challenges this half-term week in conjunction with his charities and Patronages. He hopes to encourage children and their families to take a closer look at nature and engage with the natural world on their doorsteps. 

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Prince Charles' family photograph came as it was announced yesterday that Prince Philip had been admitted to hospital as a 'precautionary measure’ after ‘feeling unwell’. 

Many royal fans commented on the Prince of Wales’ post, showing their support at this difficult time. 

I wish you much strength and a speedy recovery to the Duke of Edinburgh❤️ ‘ one wrote. 

Another commented: ‘Wishing Prince Philip a speedy recovery.’

Prince Philip’s illness is not thought to be Covid related and his admission was not treated as an emergency. 

Philip has been spending the UK’s third lockdown with the Queen at their Berkshire home, Windsor Castle.