Queen celebrates new decade with portrait alongside heirs

The Queen is celebrating the start of the new decade with a new portrait of herself and her three heirs.

The photograph of Her Majesty alongside the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George was taken in Buckingham Palace's throne room shortly before Christmas.

The Queen stands at the front of the new image in a white dress accessorised with a blue brooch and holding one of her iconic handbags.

Queen celebrates new decade with portrait alongside heirs

George, in tartan trousers and a white shirt, and Charles – in a navy pinstripe suit – are stood together on a red-carpeted step.

William stands behind his father, son and grandmother, smiling at the back of the picture in a dark suit and navy blue tie.

This is only the second time that a portrait of all four royals together has been issued.

The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Prince GeorgeThe first was released in April 2016 to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, with the picture then printed on commemorative stamps.

The youngest royal's elevated position in the new portrait is reminiscent of the 2016 photo, when then-two-year-old George stood next to his great-grandmother on a blue and black step, holding the hand of his father, William.

Both the 2016 and 2020 images were taken by photographer Ranald Mackechnie.

The new snap comes just two weeks after the royals marked the festive season with another series of photos.

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The Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attempts a curtsey to the Queen at the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attempts a curtsey to the Queen as she attends the Christmas Day Church service with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Princess Charlotte reaches out to the Duchess of Cambridge after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince George of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge gets a hug from a member of the public at the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince George of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave after attending the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte meet well wishers after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duchess of Cornwall after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave after attending the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince George of Cambridge arrive for the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandri ngham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and The Countess of Wessex leave after attending a church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The Queen, Charles, William and George made Christmas puddings in Buckingham Palace last month, pictured in front of a Christmas tree adorned with regal corgi and crown decorations.

In footage that was played during the Queen's Christmas message, George was seen repeatedly stabbing the thick pudding mixture with a wooden spoon, making his grandfather chuckle.

Both the new portrait and the Christmas pudding photos were taken on December 18, when the Queen hosted the royal family at Buckingham Palace for their annual Christmas lunch.

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