Queen's enduring bond with this royal relative revealed in sweet photo

Queen Elizabeth II attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd at The Senedd
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The Queen’s enduring bond with one of her royal relatives has been revealed as fans were treated to a glimpse of her treasured family photographs.

  • Her Majesty has presented Dame Imogen Cooper with The Queen’s Medal for Music and fans were given a sneak peek inside Buckingham Palace. 
  • In pictures from the day, the Queen’s treasured family photos can be seen - and her grandson's former wife Autumn Kelly features. 
  • This royal news (opens in new tab) comes as there is fresh heartache for the Queen after a close family friend dies aged 102 (opens in new tab).

The Queen has shared a behind-the-scenes photo at Buckingham Palace today as she presented pianist Dame Imogen Cooper with The Queen’s Medal for Music for 2019. This prestigious medal is awarded to either an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have influenced the musical life of the nation. And it was in a picture taken on this major occasion that fans got to see Her Majesty's family photos on the nearby table. 

The Queen has four children, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren (opens in new tab), meaning there is always huge attention given to which members of The Firm (opens in new tab) she chooses to showcase in pictures and where. 

Dame Imogen Cooper is received by Queen Elizabeth II prior to being presented with The Queen's Medal for Music for 2019

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It was her decision to display both Prince Harry and Prince William’s photos that gave a sweet sign that she loves them equally (opens in new tab). Both of these snaps have retained pride of place, though they are now accompanied by sweet pictures of Mike and Zara Tindall (opens in new tab) on their wedding day and, very significantly, Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. 

This snap can be spotted on the far left in a silver frame, with Autumn wearing a striking red outfit. And the inclusion of this photo is made all the more meaningful given Peter and Autumn’s divorce (opens in new tab) has now been finalised after they announced their marriage was over (opens in new tab) last year. 

The Queen is understood to have formed a close bond with her grandson's now ex-wife and has been pictured attending church with her in the past.

Queen Elizabeth II and Autumn Phillips attend Ladies Day on Day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

According to The Sun (opens in new tab), when the news of Autumn and Peter’s separation emerged, a source claimed that she was a “favourite” of the monarch. 

“Autumn is a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman but she’s been telling her friends for some time that there were issues,” the source alleged at the time. “She is a favourite of the Queen and I’m sure Her Majesty will be very upset by this as well."

Despite the former couple having now finalised their divorce, however, the choice to still display this sweet photo of the pair could reflect that the Queen’s relationship with Autumn has remained close. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend day 5 of Royal Ascot

Though they are no longer together, Peter and Autumn continue to co-parent (opens in new tab) their two daughters, Savannah and Isla, who remain their first priority - something they revealed in the statement announcing the finalisation of their divorce. 

"Both Peter and Autumn are pleased to have resolved matters amicably with the children firmly at the forefront of those thoughts and decisions," it powerfully declared.

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.