- Publish Date
- Monday, 23 December 2019, 10:09AM
Four generations of the royal family have come together to make Christmas puddings.
But it was Prince George who stole the show as he used a wooden spoon to stir a bowl filled with the dessert ingredients while his father, Prince William, grandfather Prince Charles and great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, looked on, smiling.
In the photos taken in front of a festive tree in Buckingham Palace’s Music Room, which were released by Kensington Palace over the weekend, Charles could also be seen offering his six-year-old grandson ingredients to add to his pudding
The royals were preparing the special Christmas puddings as part of the launch of The Royal British Legion’s Together at Christmas initiative.
"The initiative is designed to provide extra support to the Armed Forces and veteran communities at annual festive 'get togethers' across the charity’s network of outreach centres," Kensington Palace captioned the trio of pics on Instagram.
"The four generations of the Royal Family are pictured here preparing special Christmas puddings — with the four representing a cross-section of those supported by the Legion, from the children of service personnel, to Second World War veterans," the caption continued.
"The puddings will become the centrepieces of 2020’s get togethers, and form part of 99 puddings distributed across the charity’s network in the UK and the Commonwealth — also marking The Royal British Legion’s 99th year."
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie Harrison were noticeably absent from the photos as they are currently on a six-week break from royal duties and spending the festive period privately with the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland.
The new family photo follows news that Prince Philip, 98, has been taken to hospital for treatment and observation in relation to a pre-existing condition.
He was flown from Norfolk to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, after reportedly suffering a "bad fall" which left him bed bound.
The Duke of Edinburgh is also said to have had a "flu-like" illness in recent weeks. In a statement the palace said Prince Phillip’s treatment was a "precautionary measure."