Updated: May 23, 2018
The official royal wedding portraits are here and they are stunning. But just like many other moments from royal wedding, it appears that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have bucked tradition ever so slightly with their official family portraits, too.
“These portraits cement Harry and Meghan’s place at the heart of the royal family,” former royal editor for The Sun and Prince Harry biographer Duncan Larcombe tells BAZAAR.com.
“Meghan’s mum is seen standing next to her daughter and beaming with pride after a wedding that ripped up the rule book,” Larcombe continued. “Even the Queen seems uncharacteristically relaxed as she and the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh are joined by three generations of their family.”
While it is tradition for the royal family to release official family portraits following any royal wedding, these photographs also serve as a reminder that neither Meghan’s father Thomas, nor any other blood relative other than her mom, Doria Ragland, was able to attend.
To make up for this, the photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, positioned the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge next to Meghan’s mother so the photograph didn’t appear unbalanced.