The Cambridges have most liked Instagram posts out of Royal Family

Most popular royal photos of the year revealed: Snap of Prince William on a garden swing with George, Charlotte and Louis is the most ‘liked’ of 2020 – and the Cambridge children dominate the top 10

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boast the most popular Instagram posts 
  • Prince William and Kate share their photographs on the Kensington Royal page
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Sussex Royal Instagram account, which they no longer post on, also made an appearance in the top three most liked posts

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boast some of the most popular Instagram posts across the Royal Family’s accounts this year, it has emerged.

Prince William and Kate, both 38, who share their photographs on the Kensington Royal page, secured the two top liked snaps in 2020, according to Twitter account Gert’s Royals.

The first shows the duke and their three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, sitting together on a swing in their garden at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, to celebrate Prince William’s birthday and it received 2.4million likes.

Meanwhile, the young Cambridges clapping for NHS workers in the first lockdown gained 2million likes – showing just how popular Kate’s candid photographs and footage is with royal fans.

In third place, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Sussex Royal Instagram account, which they no longer post on, made an appearance, with their announcement about ‘stepping back as senior royals’ getting nearly 1.9million likes.

Here, FEMAIL reveals the nine most popular Instagram posts from the Royal Family’s Instagram accounts over the past year…  

1. Prince William’s 38th birthday portrait (2.4million likes)

Leading the most liked Instagram posts was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with this candid snap taken of Prince William and his children to mark his 38th birthday this year (above)

Leading the most liked Instagram posts was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with this candid snap taken of Prince William and his children to mark his 38th birthday this year.

The Queen’s grandson sits on a swing in his Norfolk estate Anmer Hall, with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, all surrounding him.

Taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, the photograph shows the family beaming at the camera while sitting on the swing, which was a wedding gift from Prince Charles.

Kate was flying the flag for British brands when dressing her children for Prince William’s birthday – with her youngest son Prince Louis dressed in a £12.95 Gap t-shirt and £22 Navy Hampton Canvas Nantucket shoes from high street chain the Trotters.

Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte sported £10 John Lewis embroidered dungaree shorts for the snaps, taken in June.

2. The young Cambridges clapping for carers (2million likes)

Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince George applaud NHS workers during the UK’s first lockdown

During the UK’s first lockdown, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of their three children laughing and clapping together in the garden in celebration of the NHS.

The post on Kensington Palace’s account, which secured the second most amount of likes this year, read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.’

The trio joined people from around the country as they took to their windows to show their appreciation for the efforts produced by the key workers, NHS and volunteers working during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Many of those who watched the clip were charmed by the ‘adorable’ children as the Cambridges clapped and laughed during the video, with one commenting: ‘Love to see Prince George leading his people already.’ 

While Prince George lead the applause, Princess Charlotte could be seen offering a shy smile. Meanwhile Prince Louis appeared to gaze up at his elder siblings as he joined their clapping tribute in March.

3. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Megxit announcement

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (pictured) standing together at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017

In third place, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Sussex Royal Instagram account, which they no longer post on, made an appearance, with their announcement about ‘stepping back as senior royals’ getting nearly 1.9million likes.

The couple, who now live in the US, shared a photograph from when they revealed their engagement, standing together at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017.

In a statement, they said: ‘After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. 

‘We intend to step back as “senior” members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

‘It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.’

4. Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday portrait (1.7million likes)

To mark her fifth birthday in May, Kensington Palace released new pictures of Princess Charlotte (pictured)

To mark her fifth birthday, Kensington Palace released new pictures of Princess Charlotte as she helped her parents deliver home-made pasta to vulnerable Norfolk residents isolated by coronavirus in May. 

The new commemorative portraits were, as usual, taken by keen amateur snapper Kate, 38, in between homeschooling sessions at Anmer Hall, the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. 

It appears the most loved photograph from the four which were shared, is the one in which Princess Charlotte is seen crossing her arms and sharing a mischievous smile.

Princess Charlotte appeared smartly dressed in a black and white checked dress with grey tights and black Mary Jane shoes for the image.

5. The Queen’s statement over Megxit

Following an unprecedented Royal Family summit at Sandringham in January to thrash out the way forward after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit their duties, the Queen released a statement (pictured)

Following an unprecedented Royal Family summit at Sandringham in January to thrash out the way forward after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit their duties, the Queen released a statement.

The deeply personal message by Her Majesty was shared on the couple’s Instagram page, and gained 1.7million likes.

It read: ‘Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

‘I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

‘It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.’ 

6. Prince Louis’ birthday snap (1.6million likes)

With his little hands smudged with paint and a broad grin on his face, Prince Louis was clearly pleased with his artistic creation in this photograph (above), shared as part of a series in April

With his little hands smudged with paint and a broad grin on his face, Prince Louis was clearly pleased with his artistic creation in this photograph, shared as part of a series in April.

Released to celebrate his second birthday, the charming picture showed that – just like millions of other children across Britain at the time – his parents kept him busy by painting rainbows to celebrate the NHS. 

Taken at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, by his doting mother Kate, the image showed that Louis is growing up fast.

The adorable photograph was praised by fans and liked 1.6million times by royal enthusiasts.

7. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary photo (1.5million likes)

In April, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a photo from their wedding to celebrate their ninth anniversary (pictured)

In April, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a photo from their wedding to celebrate their ninth anniversary – and it was liked a staggering 1.5million times.

The stunning photograph shows the beaming newlyweds standing in the doorway of Westminster Abbey after exchanging vows on 29 April 2011 in a service that was watched around the world. 

Both William and Kate have wide smiles on their faces as they emerge to face the adoring public. 

Sharing the stunning image on Instagram, William and Kate thanked supporters for their well-wishes. 

They wrote: ‘Nine years ago today – thank you for all your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary!’ 

8. Prince Louis’ second birthday photo (1.5million likes)

Prince Louis’ second birthday portraits again made an appearance in the list, with 1.5million Instagram users liking a second photograph of him having fun with paint on his hands (above)

Prince Louis’ second birthday portraits again made an appearance in the list, with 1.5million Instagram users liking a second photograph of him having fun with paint on his hands.

Louis, dressed in a blue checked shirt, appeared to love his arts and crafts – thought to be one of Kate’s favourite things to do with her children – and had no fear of getting his hands dirty.

He looked positively ecstatic to be getting so covered in paint as he made a rainbow patterned handprint to stick up on the front window of the family home.

Pictures of rainbows started springing up up in windows across the country after schools closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

They originated in Italy and quickly spread to the UK, where they were seen as a message of hope and something fun for children to spot on their daily hour of exercise. 

9. Princess Charlotte’s second birthday image (1.5million likes)

Another photograph shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark her daughter’s fifth birthday in May, captured Princess Charlotte elegantly holding a bag of pasta (pictured)

Another photograph shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark her daughter’s fifth birthday in May, captured Princess Charlotte elegantly holding a bag of pasta.

The image was like 1.5million times and was taken by keen photographer Kate before being shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.

Taken as part of the series, the little royal can be seen thoughtfully holding one of the parcels of pasta which she helped her parents deliver to vulnerable Norfolk residents isolated by coronavirus.

The Cambridges, all keen cooks, rustled up some home-made pasta which they separated into 12 large bags and tied up with raffia to add to the food parcels. Sources said all the children – even little Louis, two – were involved. 

The following day, the family – Charlotte smartly dressed in a black and white checked dress with grey tights and black Mary Jane shoes – then helped to load bags of fresh produce into a van from the Sandringham Visitors’ Centre ready for delivery. 

Revealed: The most liked posts on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Sussex Royal Instagram account this year

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s top liked 2020 Instagram posts, from their Sussex Royal account, which was abandoned in March, are as follows:

1. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Megxit announcement (1.9million likes)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (pictured) standing together at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017

2. The Queen’s statement over Megxit (1.7million likes)

Following an unprecedented Royal Family summit at Sandringham in January to thrash out the way forward after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit their duties, the Queen released a statement (pictured)

3. Backstage at the Mountbatten Festival of Music (1million likes)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared an affectionate backstage photograph from the Mountbatten Festival of Music in March

4. Arriving at the Mountbatten Festival of Music (903.4k likes)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received a long round of applause and a standing ovation from the audience in the Royal Albert Hall in London as they took their seats at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in March

5. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returning to visit the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen (853.6k likes)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returning to visit the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen and ‘Together, Our Community Cookbook’ in January

6. Prince Harry at a dinner for supporters of Sentebale (742.3k likes)

Prince Harry pictured making a speech at a dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London in January. Founded by Prince Harry in 2006, Sentebale supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana

7. Mother’s Day post (691k likes)

This graphic was shared by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to mark Mother’s Day in the UK. The caption read: ‘No matter what you call your mum, this Mother’s Day in the UK, we honour the mums all over the world who do so much every single day, and now more than ever. Thank you’

8. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle offer ‘thoughts and prayers’ to those affected by the Australian wildfires (645.2k likes)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared the above pictured as they offered ‘thoughts and prayers’ to those affected by the Australian wildfires in January

9. Unseen photo from the couple’s meeting with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (643.8k)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared unseen photos (pictured) and a video from their meeting with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust in March 

Revealed: The most liked posts on The Royal Family and Clarence House Instagram accounts for 2020

The top nine 2020 posts on the Royal Family Instagram account, which is run on behalf of the Queen and other members of the Firm, were as followed: 

1. The Queen and Prince Philip at Princess Beatrice’s wedding (1.1million likes)

The Queen and Prince Philip stand along with Princess Beatrice and real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, on 17 July 2020, after their wedding

2. Princess Beatrice’s wedding (842.8k likes)

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi following their wedding in July in Windsor

3. Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle for their wedding anniversary (808k likes)

The Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle for their wedding anniversary, pictured

4. The Queen and Prince Philip reading a wedding anniversary card from their great-grandchildren, the Cambridges (807.4k likes)

The Queen and Prince Philip (pictured in November) reading a wedding anniversary card from their great-grandchildren, the Cambridges

5. Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday portrait (784.8k likes)

To mark her fifth birthday in May, Kensington Palace released new pictures of Princess Charlotte (pictured)

6. The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George pose for a photo to mark the start of the new decade (745.8k likes)

The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George pose for a photo to mark the start of the new decade in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, London

7. A throwback image shared to mark Prince Philip’s 99th birthday (709.3k likes)

A photograph shared to mark Prince Philip’s 99th birthday in June, showing him and the Queen holding a baby Prince Charles

8. A throwback image of the Queen and Prince Philip to mark the couple’s wedding anniversary (701.3k likes)

The Royal Family Instagram account shared this throwback image to mark the wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip in November. The couple are seen on their honeymoon in 1947 at Broadlands in Hampshire

9. The Queen knighting Captain Tom Moore (639k likes)

The Queen captured knighting Captain Tom Moore in July. World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic

Elsewhere, the nine most popular Instagram posts this year from Clarence House were:

1. Prince Charles and Prince Louis to celebrate the young royal’s second birthday (296.4k likes)

This adorable photograph of the Prince of Wales hugging his grandson Prince Louis was shared by Clarence House to celebrate the youngster turning two

2. Prince Charles and Prince William sharing a hug for Father’s Day (191.5k likes)

The Prince of Wales sharing a hug with the Duke of Cambridge, in a photograph released to mark both Father’s day and the 38th birthday of Prince William

3. Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (133.8k likes)

Princess Beatrice and real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi captured leaving The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, on 17 July 2020, after their wedding

4. Celebrating Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s first birthday (128.6k likes)

Shared by Clarence House to celebrate Prince Charles’ youngest grandson’s first birthday this year, this photograph shows the Prince of Wales standing next to his son Prince Harry while he holds his newborn Archie 

5. Post thanking fans for their ‘Get Well Soon’ messages for Prince Charles after he caught coronavirus (123.6k likes)

In March, Prince Charles thanked well-wishers for hundreds of ‘get well soon’ messages after he contracted coronavirus, with Clarence House saying he was ‘enormously touched’ by all the kind words he had received

6. Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding anniversary (122.5k)

This adorable photograph was shared to celebrate the couple’s 15th wedding anniversary, at Birkhall, their home on the Balmoral Estate, in Scotland. It was taken in April

7. Princess Charlotte’s fifth birthday (122.2k likes)

To mark her fifth birthday in May, Kensington Palace released new pictures of Princess Charlotte (pictured)

8. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall clapping for the NHS (120.6k likes)

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as they applaud to show their appreciation for NHS workers amid the coronavirus disease in April

9. The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge at the Trooping of the Colour in 2017 ( 114.5k likes)

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge pictured together at the Trooping of the Colour in 2017. The image was shared in January to celebrate Kate’s birthday

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