Royal Family Portraits Through the Years

From Queen Victoria to Princess Charlotte.

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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 baby Archie's birth. From rigidly-posed portraits to sweet candids, take a look at these official royal snaps.

Erica Gonzales

Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at There is a 75 percent chance she's listening to Lorde right now.