For Royal fans who may be wondering why Archie didn’t appear in the photo of Prince Philip surrounded by his great-grandchildren – there’s a very straightforward reason for his absence: he hadn’t been born yet.
Both Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace posted the previously unseen picture of the Queen and Philip with seven of their great-grandchildren on their official Instagram accounts to commemorate the late royal as a “father, grandfather and great-grandfather”.
The great-grandchildren included were Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall, Mia Tindall, and Savannah Phillips. “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren at Balmoral Castle in 2018,” the Royal Family added the caption.
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The photo was taken by aspiring photographer the Duchess of Cambridge at Balmoral in 2018 – which was the year before Archie was born.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child – full name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – in May, 2019, after marrying at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in 2018. Harry and Meghan recently confirmed that Archie was to become a big brother, as the royal couple are expecting their second child – a girl.