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Queen Elizabeth recently held a meeting in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, a space decorated with photos and mementos. Cameras captured the monarch as she spoke with outgoing Defence Services Secretary Rear Admiral James Macleod. As well as the person taking over the position — Major General Eldon Millar.

Among the images in the room was a never-before-seen photo of the queen with almost all of her 12 great-grandchildren.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with incoming Defence Service Secretaries Major General Eldon Millar during an in-person audience at the Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on February 16, 2022
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Queen Elizabeth proudly displays photos with 8 of her 12 great-grandchildren

Royal fans got a glimpse of a new framed photo featuring Her Majesty sitting on a couch in the middle of the youngest generation of royals. Sitting on the queen’s lap was 10-month-old Lucas, the son of Zara and Mike Tindall. His two sisters — Mia and Lena — sat on either side of the 95-year-old monarch.

Also seated on the couch was three-year-old Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Standing behind the couch were Louis’ older siblings, six-year-old Princess Charlotte and eight-year-old Prince George. Also in the back were Savannah and Isla Phillips, the daughters of Peter Phillips. As well as the queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise.

The new royal photo was taken this past summer.

According to People Magazine, the photo of the queen with her great-grandchildren was taken last summer at Balmoral in Scotland. This is because Mike Tindall revealed on his podcast that his family vacationed with the monarch at the queen’s estate in the Scottish highlands.

“We went up to Scotland, so we’ve had a good family vacay through August, which was quite nice with the kids,” he said in an October 2021 episode.

The newest photo of the queen and her great-grandchildren sits beside a 2018 photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge. That pic featured the queen and Prince Philip posing with seven of their great-grandkids.

Archie and Lilibet were missing from Queen Elizabeth’s new photo

Noticeably missing from the photo were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s two children — Archie and Lilibet. The queen has never met the great-granddaughter that was named after her. And she hasn’t seen Archie since late 2019, just before Harry and Meghan announced their exit from the royal family.

According to Express, Her Majesty is finding the separation from Archie and Lilibet “difficult.” Royal expert Camilla Tominey said in the Channel 5 documentary 2021: The Queen’s Terrible Year that Queen Elizabeth was “absolutely delighted” to find out Harry and Meghan were expecting baby number two.

“But it is difficult for the Queen because she hasn’t been able to see Archie,” Tominey said. “I think the last time she actually saw him in the flesh was November 2019.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s kids ever see their great-grandmother?

Tominey noted that the queen is never going to visit the Sussexes at their home in Montecito, California. So, the “only time she’s ever going to see these great-grandchildren is if they come over to the UK.”

The queen has a number of celebrations planned throughout the year for her Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70th year on the throne. Tominey says it’s possible that Archie and Lilibet could show up in the UK for an event. But those details have yet to be released.

Queen Elizabeth’s youngest great-grandchildren were also missing from the photo

Also missing from the queen’s newest photo were the newest members of the royal family.  August Philip Hawke Brooksbank — the first child of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. He was born in February 2021, just six months before the photo was taken.


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Sienna Elizabeth, the daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, was born afterward. She arrived on September 18, 2021, but Beatrice has yet to share a photo of her newborn with the public.