Four Generations Of The Royal Family Bake Christmas Treats In New Pictures Released By Buckingham Palace

The pictures will be part of the traditional Queen's speech on Christmas Day.
The pictures have been released ahead of Christmas celebrations.
The pictures have been released ahead of Christmas celebrations.
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New pictures unveiled by Buckingham Palace show four generations of the royal family baking festive treats together ahead of Christmas.

The Queen, the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George prepared Christmas puddings earlier this month at the palace.

The images show the youngest future king, George, stirring fruit mix in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.

In one of the pictures, his father, William, grandfather, Charles, and great-grandmother, the Queen, stand behind George smiling and laughing.

In the other, the table is filled with four bowls, with all of the generations getting involved with the seasonal baking.

The photos are also filled with a large Christmas tree, behind the royals in the palace’s music room.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George preparing special Christmas puddings.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George preparing special Christmas puddings.
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The tree is adorned with a number of regal decorations and baubles, including a crown, a corgi, a throne and a soldier in what appears to be a Scottish kilt.

The puddings were baked as of the Royal British Legion’s Together at Christmas initiative and will be a number of 99 distributed among projects in 2020, marking the charity’s 99th year.

The armed forces charity said: “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.

“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.”

Clips from the cooking session were also recorded for use in the Christmas message next week.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George, alongside (left to right) veterans Liam Young, Colin Hughes, Alex Cavaliere, Barbra Hurman and Lisa Evans, together as part of the launch of The Royal British Legion's Christmas initiative.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George, alongside (left to right) veterans Liam Young, Colin Hughes, Alex Cavaliere, Barbra Hurman and Lisa Evans, together as part of the launch of The Royal British Legion's Christmas initiative.
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The footage of the family together marks a departure from previous Christmas broadcasts, with the candid scene giving an insight into family life.

In other years, the Queen’s wider family have not been seen on screen, aside from photographs in the background, and short excerpts of archive news clips.

Last year, the message was interspersed with footage from the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, as well as William and the Duchess of Cambridge welcoming Prince Louis to the world.

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