Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles were reportedly never close. But every now and then, there are photos of the two royals that seem to prove otherwise.

In one of their throwback snaps, a playful looking Queen is carrying Prince Charles on her back. The young boy doesn’t have a huge smile on her face. In fact, Prince Charles looks scared in the picture.

Her Majesty, on the other hand, couldn’t hide her happiness at that moment. She has a huge grin on her face, and she is also looking behind her to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles.

In a second photo, the beautiful monarch looks beautiful with her curly hair and rosy cheeks. In the snap, she is carrying her newborn daughter, Princess Anne.

The Queen is looking straight into the camera, while Princess Anne is lying on her lap. The 93-year-old monarch is wearing an all-blue ensemble, while Princess Anne is dressed in her christening clothes.

Her Majesty was reportedly distant from her two older children because after they were born, the Queen was very busy with her royal duties and overseas engagements.

In fact, she and her husband, Prince Philip, left Prince Charles and Princess Anne under the care of their nannies while they were on their six-month tour. But things changed years later.

After the Queen gave birth to Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, she made sure to spend as much time as she could with her two younger children. During this time, Prince Charles and Princess Anne were already old enough to take care of their younger siblings.

Prince Andrew’s birth also marked an important milestone in the lives of the royals. For the first time in years, the Queen agreed to give the Mountbatten surname to all four of their children.

After Prince Charles and Princess Anne’s birth, the royal siblings only used their mom’s surname, Windsor.

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles pose with officers during an official visit to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Hyde Park Barracks on October 24, 2017 in London. Photo: Getty Images/Chris Jackson