Prince George Alexander Louis, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born at 4:24 PM on July 22, 2013–and he’s already had his first photo op. In honor of the prince’s birth, here are a few images from ICP’s collection of the much-photographed British royal family.
Vu, June 22, 1938 (2011.7.214)
This edition of the French periodical Vu, titled “Tribute to England,” features King George VI (1895-1952) with his wife Queen Elizabeth (1900-2002) and daughter Elizabeth (b. 1926). The younger Elizabeth would later be crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.
Carl Mydans, Princess Margaret Arrives in London, 1955 (214.2005)
In this photograph, Princess Margaret (1930-2002), the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, is greeted as she disembarks from a train in London. A crowd has gathered in hopes of catching a glimpse of the princess.
Cornell Capa, [Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, New York], 1957 (146.1994)
In 1947, Elizabeth married Prince Philip (b. 1921), with whom she had begun corresponding at age thirteen. The first of their four children is Prince Charles (b. 1948), the heir apparent to the British throne.
Cecil Beaton, [Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne looking at Prince Andrew in bassinet], 1960 (1824.2005)
Elizabeth and Philip have three more children, Princess Anne (b. 1950), Prince Andrew (b. 1960), and Prince Edward (b. 1964). In the photograph above, the proud parents and older siblings pose with newborn Andrew.
Yousuf Karsh, [Queen Elizabeth II], 1984 (1987.1413)
Queen Elizabeth II has eight grandchildren and, with the birth of Prince George, three great-grandchildren. George is third in the line of succession after his grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William. (Here is a helpful family tree.)
Welcome to the world, Prince George!