Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter Mia Tindall steals spotlight in official birthday portrait
The Queen’s adorable great-granddaughter Mia Tindall has become the talk of a newly released portrait by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, proving to be stiff competition for Prince George.
To mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, Buckingham Palace issued three official portraits by Leibovitz, and it appears one of them is getting the most attention.
The portrait shows the Queen surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren and five great grandchildren. As her majesty holds Princess Charlotte on her lap, 2-year-old Tindall is seen clutching the Queen’s handbag, winning the hearts of many social media users.
The young spotlight-stealer is the daughter of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and her husband and former rugby player Mike Tindall.
Citing a source close to the Royal Family, the Daily Mail reported Tindall’s decision to hold her great-grandmother’s purse wasn’t planned.
“The moment with Mia was completely spontaneous; it was not staged at all,” the British newspaper quoted the source as saying. “She just picked up her great-granny’s handbag and that was it.”
The Queen’s only daughter Princess Anne posed for a portrait with her mum, sitting on a sofa in the White Drawing Room in Windsor Castle.
Leibovitz’s third official portrait, features the Queen standing on the steps of Windsor Castle with her four dogs, corgis Willow and Holly and dorgis (corgi-dachshund cross breeds) Vulcan and Candy.
On Wednesday, it was young Prince George who stole the attention away from the Queen in an official portrait featuring four generations of the Royal Family.
WATCH: Prince George joined his father William, grandfather Charles, and great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in stamps issued to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday.
The portrait, which will be turned into a stamp sheet, features Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles (a.k.a. the Prince of Wales) and Prince William (a.k.a. the Duke of Cambridge) as well as the two-year-old posing in Buckingham Palace.
Each of the royals can be seen sitting, sporting a different shade of blue with rather large smiles. Adorably, Prince George was snapped standing on top of a stack of foam blocks holding onto his father’s hand. He’s also sporting his now-trademark side-swept locks and knee socks.
–with a file from Sarah Kelsey
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