British royal family portrait
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Royal portraiture is a longstanding tradition that’s survived for centuries, but the medium has changed almost as much as the British monarchy has. Here, we highlight some standout images over eight generations of the British royal family, spanning from Queen Victoria‘s reign (when photography was first introduced), to Queen Elizabeth II‘s childhood, to Princess Charlotte‘s early years. From rigidly posed portraits to sweet candids, take a look at these official royal snaps.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.

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