Queen Elizabeth and Her Three Heirs Came Together to Prepare Christmas Pudding: See the Photos!
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George have only posed for official portraits a handful of times
Four generations of the royal family are getting cooking!
Queen Elizabeth was joined by her three heirs—son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William, and great-grandson Prince George—at Buckingham Palace this week to support a new initiative by the Royal British Legion.
They came together to prepare four special Christmas puddings, which traditionally brings good luck. The desserts will be centerpieces at the Legion Christmas get-togethers in 2020, as part of their new Together at Christmas initiative to provide extra support to the Armed Forces community around the holidays.
Royal photographer Chris Jackson captured photos from the special gathering, which took place in front of a decked-out Christmas tree. Prince George, 6, looks hard at work stirring his pudding while his relatives proudly look on with big smiles.
The royals also posed for a group shot with five veterans.
Each of the royals placed commemorative sixpences into the mixture, ready to be found by those attending the gatherings next year. A new Royal British Legion recipe was created for the launch, with the royal family uniquely adding poppy seeds to the mixture in a nod to the charity's symbol of remembrance.
The pudding making session likely took place ahead of Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, which traditionally takes place before she leaves her London residence for Sandringham to spend the holiday.
Prince George and Prince William, 37, arrived separately from the rest of their family—with the little royal riding shotgun!—for the family gathering, perhaps to have time for the special moment with the 93-year-old monarch and Prince Charles, 71. (Prince George is also wearing the same Rachel Riley pique piped shirt seen in the car arrival photos!)
"I love making the cake," she shared. "It's become a bit of a tradition that I stay up 'til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it."
The Royal British Legion's Director General, Charles Byrne, said: "Bringing people, families and communities together lies at the heart of the Legion's work and has done since we were founded in 1921. As we head towards our centenary in 2021, we are proud to start a new tradition for our community with the support of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and three generations of her family.
"The Legion is not only here for older veterans, but all ages of the Armed Forces community. As the Monarch and next three generations, Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses represent a cross-section of those supported by the Legion, from the children of service personnel, to Second World War veterans," Byrne continued. "Christmas can be a time when people's troubles and worries are exacerbated by the financial pressures of the season or feelings of loneliness and isolation. The extra support the Legion can give, and the camaraderie of our get-togethers can make a big difference to our community's well-being. Making and eating Christmas puddings has traditionally been a shared family activity, and we look forward to sharing these special puddings made with the help of The Royal Family."
It's been years since the public has seen an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth and her three heirs.
The first came at Prince George's christening, when the monarch smiled proudly while surrounded by her successors. Another was released in April 2016 to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday — and Prince George stole the show with his cheeky smile and holding hands with dad Prince William.