The Queen displays sweetly personal family portraits at official meeting

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Watch: The 95 year old monarch was pictured for the the first time since Prince Charles tested positive

Forever undaunted, no matter what life and duty throws at her, the Queen is now getting ready for her jubilee year.

Yet in the past few weeks alone, she's endured the scandal of the sex abuse allegations against Prince Andrew and the subsequent pay-off, Prince Charles testing positive with COVID shortly after meeting with her, and ongoing trust issues with Boris Johnson's government, including 'Partygate', the night before she sat alone at Prince Philip's funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks during an audience at Windsor Castle when she met the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries. Picture date: Wednesday February 16, 2022.
The Queen kept the personal images on display in the background. (PA)

Nevertheless, at 95, she is still working and carrying out her duties. This week, she made her first official appearance since coming into contact with COVID.

Fortunately, the Queen had no symptoms, and continued to work virtually from Windsor Castle, now her main residence.

The appointment was an in-person meeting with the incoming Defence Services Secretary Major General Eldon Millar, and his predecessor Rear Admiral James Macleod.

More notable, though, were the pictures on display in the room where the meeting took place: Two very personal portraits, showing the Queen with many of her great-grandchildren.

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Queen Elizabeth II looks at a fan as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on February 4, 2022 in Windsor, England. The fan was presented to Queen Victoria to mark her Golden Jubilee in 1887 by the then Prince and Princess of Wales, later Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. The Queen has since travelled to her Sandringham estate where she traditionally spends the anniversary of her accession to the throne - February 6 - a poignant day as it is the date her father King George VI died in 1952. (Photo by Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen looks at a fan as she views a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on 4 February. (Getty Images)

Holding a baby, the Queen sits proudly at the centre of the portrait of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Tucked behind a box of Fortnum and Mason 'Milk and Dark Selection' chocolates (the Piccadilly grocery carries the royal seal of approval), the personal pictures also include a family photograph taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2018.

The charming shot captures both the Queen and Prince Philip sitting on a pale green sofa, in their personal drawing room. They are surrounded by their great grandchildren, Prince George, Prince Louis, Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips, and Lena and Mia Tindall, Princess Anne's grandchildren.

Mike Tindall, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall , Lena, Tindall and Zara Tindall attend the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park
Mike Tindall, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall , Lena, Tindall and Zara Tindall attend the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park. (PA)

Now a great-grandmother of twelve, it's clear that the Queen takes great pride in her small relations.

The framed image on the left also shows her with grandchildren and great grandchildren who, according to royal watchers, include the Duke and Duchess of Wessex's daughter, Lady Louise, Prince George, Isla Phillips, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince Louis, Mia and Lucas Tindall, and Lena Tindall. Lady Louise's brother, Viscount James, is almost certainly in the section part of the picture obscured by the Queen.

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The Queen is known to enjoy loving relationships with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and is particularly close to Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

Beatrice wore an altered dress of her grandmother's for her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Eugenie told the Queen first about her own engagement, to Jack Brooksbanks, saying: "Granny actually knew right at the beginning, she was one of the very few people.”

Queen Elizabeth II with Rear Admiral James Macleod and Major General Eldon Millar (right) as she meets the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries during an in-person audience at Windsor Castle. Rear Admiral Macleod relinquished his appointment as Defence Services Secretary as Major General Millar assumed the role. Picture date: Wednesday February 16, 2022.
The Queen meets Rear Admiral James Macleod and Major General Eldon Millar with her family portraits in the background. (PA)

It's obvious that the Queen greatly values her family bonds with the younger generation - and her choice of personal pictures to display confirms the fact that, as her jubilee year gets underway, the younger royal generation will be at the heart of the celebrations.

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