Queen Elizabeth II Poses With Prince George and Princess Charlotte for 90th Birthday Official Portraits

The royal monarch has marked this new milestone with a photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz

By Samantha Schnurr Apr 20, 2016 11:01 PMTags
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Every birthday girl needs to pose for photos on her special day. But, when you're Queen Elizabeth II, those photos are taken by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz

The nearly 90-year-old monarch is celebrating ahead of her milestone birthday Thursday with vivid new portraits of herself paired with some of her favorite people.

Surrounded by a colorful emerald green backdrop, the royal monarch posed among two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, including Prince William's two kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The newest princess to the royal clan had the best seat in the room atop her famous great-grandmother's lap. 

"I think she is very fond of Charlotte, always watching what she's up to," Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton said of the Queen's relationship with her daughter in an interview for ITV's television special, The Queen at Ninety.

As for her second youngest great-grandchild Mia Tindall, the toddler had the royal duty of holding the monarch's purse. A fashionista is born!

In a second photograph, the Queen shared the spotlight with her only daughter, Princess Anne, while posed in the posh White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. 

The resemblance between mother and daughter is uncanny, particularly as they sit cozily at each other's side. 

To conclude the trio of images, Queen Elizabeth stepped outside on a cloudy day to pose among her four dogs, including two of her cocker spaniels and her two beloved corgis Holly and Willow.

Since her first corgi Susan was gifted to her on her 18th birthday, Queen Elizabeth has famously adored the breed for decades and has continued to own the type of dog long after Susan's death.

Surrounded by some of the most special figures in her life, it seems the Queen's birthday celebrations are off to a picture-perfect start.  

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