Four generations of the Royal Family can be seen baking festive treats together at Buckingham Palace in special Christmas pictures released today.

The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George prepared Christmas puddings in the palace’s music room earlier this month.

George, six, stands in the centre of the images, stirring a fruit mix in a large bowl with a wooden spoon as his dad, grandfather and great-grandmother look on.

A large Christmas tree adorned with regal decorations and baubles, including a crown, a corgi, a throne and a soldier in a Scottish kilt can also be seen in the background.

The puddings were baked as part of the Royal British Legion’s Together at Christmas initiative.

They will be part of 99 puddings distributed among projects in 2020, marking the charity’s 99th year.

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The armed forces charity, which celebrates its centenary in 2021, said it was looking forward to sharing the Royal Family’s ‘special puddings’.

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Clips from the cooking session were also recorded for use in the Christmas message next week.

The footage of the family together marks a departure from previous Christmas broadcasts, as members of the wider family are not normally seen on screen.

Last year, the message was interspersed with footage from the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

It also featured clips of William and the Duchess of Cambridge welcoming Prince Louis to the world.

The new family photo follows news that Prince Philip, 98, has been taken to hospital for treatment and observation in relation to a pre-existing condition.

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He was flown from Norfolk to the King Edward VII Hospital in London, after reportedly suffering a ‘bad fall’ which left him bed bound.

The Duke of Edinburgh is also said to have had a ‘flu-like’ illness in recent weeks.

In a statement the palace said Prince Phillip’s treatment was a ‘precautionary measure’.