Sophie HamiltonFrom the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle to the Countess of Wessex and Princess Diana, see the most beautiful royal pregnancy photos of all time
The Duchess of Sussex announced her pregnancy news in February with the most stunning black and white photograph of herself and her husband Prince Harry. Lying on the grass beneath a tree, with her head on Harry's lap and cradling her baby bump, Meghan looked so relaxed and happy.
The sweet picture got us thinking about other photos of pregnant royal ladies over the years, from the late Princess Diana to the Duchess of Cambridge and European royals like Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Here, we look back at some of the most beautiful royal pregnancy pictures of all time…
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Meghan and Harry's shared this personal photograph (above) with the world on Valentine's Day 2021, taken by photographer and friend of the couple, Misan Harriman.
"With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates," Misan revealed.
Meghan wore a long dress by Carolina Herrera for the picture, which she also wore during her pregnancy with her firstborn child Archie.
Duchess Meghan looked equally radiant during her first pregnancy with son Archie at the London Fashion Awards in 2018. The annual event at The Royal Albert Hall saw Meghan present a special award to Clare Waight Keller - the woman responsible for her Givenchy wedding dress.
Clutching her baby bump throughout, the royal was the picture of elegance in her one-shouldered black gown and hair swept back in a chic up-do.
The wife of Prince William shone at the BAFTAs in London back in 2018 while pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis. Kate made a glamorous entrance in her deep green gown with a coordinating emerald and diamond necklace and earring set.
The royal was certainly in her 'glowing phase' of pregnancy, her cheeks rosy and complexion flawless. She looked stunning!
One of our favourite snaps of the Duchess expecting! Kate donned this chic yellow coat and matching hat for a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace in May 2013.
The Duchess was pregnant with her first baby, Prince George, and looked absolutely radiant in the cheerful, sunny ensemble.
The Princess of Wales looked so radiant when she was pregnant with her first child, Prince William. Pictured in May 1982, Diana greeted royal fans in London wearing a blue ruffled maternity dress.
The late Princess Diana was so beautiful in this photo taken in May 1984 when she was expecting her second baby, Prince Harry.
The then-wife of Prince Charles wore a white Regency-style maternity dress with the Spencer family tiara for an event at The Royal Academy.
This rare photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, who was just a Princess at the time, shows her pictured with her late husband Prince Philip at the Opéra Garnier. The 22-year-old Princess was pregnant with Prince Charles at the time.
The Queen's daughter showed us how to nail pregnancy fashion back in May 1981 when she stepped out for the wedding of her husband Captain Mark Phillips' sister Sarah.
Anne looked effortlessly chic in her white caped jacket, teamed with a blue striped dress and matching headscarf. She was expecting her daughter Zara at the time.