New photo of the late Queen with her great-grandchildren shared on her 97th birthday

Elizabeth II is shown with her great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren

To mark what would have been Elizabeth II’s 97th birthday, Kensington Palace has released a special photograph.

The picture shows the late Monarch alongside her youngest grandchildren and most of her great-grandchildren.

Lady Louise and James, now The Earl of Wessex, are standing in the back row of the image, which was taken during a family trip to Balmoral last summer.

The middle row sees Lena Tindall perched on the back of the sofa, as Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Isla Philips and Prince Louis stand together. In the front row sitting down is Mia and Lucas Tindal, her late Majesty and Savannah Philips.

The youngest great-grandchildren, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi and August Brooksbank were not in the image, and likely not in Scotland at the time.

We have seen a similar photo previously, after Prince Philip’s death, of the couple with their great-grandchildren.

The Princess of Wales took the photograph just a short time before the Queen’s death. Balmoral was one of the late Queen’s favourite places and she is said to never have been happier than when staying there.

It was also the residence at which she passed away, after having travelled to Scotland on 21st July. Here, she carried out her final public duty by appointing Liz Truss as her 15th Prime Minister.

In the background of the new image, we see a picture of another of the Queen’s great-grandchildren – Sienna – with her father Edo Mapelli Mozzi, likely at her christening, indicated by the cream lace gown.

The Princess of Wales is known for taking family pictures and has released numerous photographs to mark her children’s birthdays.

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