Queen Elizabeth II spoke about her precious great-grandson Prince George, while fondly reflecting on the past year during her annual Christmas speech.
"Here at home, my own family it is a little larger this Christmas," the 87-year-old monarch said in a video message prerecorded in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. "As so many of you will know, the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future, with renewed happiness and hope," the Queen said around the five minute mark about Prince William and Kate Middleton's son. "For the new parents, life will never be quite the same again."
The speech features never before seen footage of Prince George taken after his christening as four generations of royals posed for the official portraits. The Queen said the christening was a "happy occasion."
The Duchess of Cambridge is seated on a couch while bouncing her little boy on her lap in the behind-the-scenes clip. She also gently removes his tiny hand from his mouth.
The Duke of Cambridge also holds his son while posing for a photograph with the Queen and his father Prince Charles. Kate can be heard sweetly telling her son "Good boy!" from the side. This portrait is the first photograph of the Queen, and the next three kings. It is also on display behind the Queen during her speech.
Prince George enjoyed a memorable and "lovely" Christmas with his family at Sandringham, north of London.