A Look Back at Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth's Relationship Over the Years

Through the good times and bad, it always seemed Prince Harry and his beloved grandmother had a special bond

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The Queen With Prince William And Prince Harry In The Royal Box At Guards Polo Club, Smiths Lawn, Windsor
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The Queen, Prince Harry and Prince William in The Royal Box at Guards Polo Club in 1987.

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Museum, Sandringham Estate, Norfolk, UK, Featuring the 1939 Merryweather Fire Engine, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
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Queen Elizabeth watches as Prince Harry (pictured putting on his helmet) and Prince William play on a vintage fire engine — in matching coats! — in 1988.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, Trooping the Colour, 11th June 1988
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The Queen waves to the crowd as the two watch the Trooping the Colour in 1988.

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Queen Elizabeth Ii With Her Grandson Prince Harry. Easter Sunday Service At St. Georges Chapel At Windsor Castle. A Proud Young Man Holds Tightly To His Grandmother's Hand After Easter Sunday Morning Srvice. Prince Harry Aged Four Smart In A Maroon
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Harry holds onto his grandmother's hand after his first public church outing on Easter Sunday 1989.

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Trooping The Colour 1989. Queen Elizabeth Ii Princess Margaret Prince William And Prince Harry On Balcony At Buckingham Palace.
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Watching the Trooping the Colour on the balcony with the Queen, brother Prince William and great-aunt Princess Margaret in 1989.

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BRITAIN DIANA
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After the death of Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Philip, Peter Phillips, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth stop to gaze at a memorial laid at the gates of Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sept. 4, 1997.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother with her daughters, The Queen (in blue) and Princess Margaret (left) and Prince Harry (youngest son of Diana Princess of Wales)on right with other members of the Royal family watch an honour guard 04 August at her London home at Clarence House, were she received flowers to mark her 97th birthday.
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Harry stands close to his grandmother while celebrating the Queen Mother's 97th birthday in August 1997.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth (R) waits on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral with her grandsons Prince Harry (L), Prince William (2nd L) and Princess Margaret (2nd R) after attending a national service of thanksgiving in celebration of The Queen Mother's forthcoming 100th birthday in London 11 July 2000
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The Queen gives her grandsons a loving look on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral after attending a national service in celebration of The Queen Mother's 100th birthday in 2000.

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GBR: Queen Elizabeth II makes a presentation to Prince Harry at Royal Ascot
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Nothing like a present from Grandma! Here, the Queen smiles as she makes a presentation to Prince Harry after a polo match during Royal Ascot in 2003.

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Queen Elizabeth II Laughs With Her Grandsons Prince William And Prince Harry On The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace After The Trooping The Colour Parade
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Prince Harry and Prince William have a laugh with their grandma at the Trooping the Colour in 2003.

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THE ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE CHARLES TO CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES, WINDSOR, BRITAIN - 09 APR 2005
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The Queen smiles as Harry pulls a funny face at the wedding of his father, Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.

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Prince Harry Commissioned Officer At Sandhurst
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The Queen and Harry share a sweet moment as she inspects soldiers (including her own grandson) at the passing-out Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006.

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60th Anniversary Of End Of WWII - Buckingham Palace Flypast
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The Queen and 21-year-old Harry watch a flyover from the Buckingham Palace balcony on National Commemoration Day in 2005.

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Queen Elizabeth II (C) laughs with Prince William (L) who joins her along with Prince Harry (2nd L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping The Colour celebrations on June 14, 2008 in London, England
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The Queen laughs with Princes William and Harry at Trooping the Colour celebrations in 2008.

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HRH Prince Harry, Laughs next to HM Queen Elizabeth II as they look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13, 2009 in London, England
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Harry and the Queen share a smile at the same ceremony in 2009.

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The Wedding of Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly
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Harry gives his grandmother a kiss on the cheek following the wedding of cousin Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly at St. George's Chapel in 2008.

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Queen Elizabeth II II and Prince Harry watch a race at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Derby Day on June 4, 2011 in Epsom, England
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They've got their game faces on. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry watch a race at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Derby Day in 2011.

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Prince Harry chats to Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England
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Prince Harry chats with the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2013 at the annual Trooping the Colour.

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Chelsea Flower Show - Press & VIP Preview Day
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Harry points something out to the Queen while the pair visit the Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.

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Queen meets Walking With The Wounded trekkers
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Harry chats with his grandmother as she meets the teams for the Walking with the Wounded trek across South Pole, which Harry competed in with the British team in 2013.

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Members of the British royal family (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, watch the fly-past as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour - Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade, at The Royal Horseguards in London on June 14, 2014
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The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William laugh together while watching the 2014 Trooping the Colour.

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Queen Elizabeth, Meghan, Harry
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The Queen, decked out in yellow, attends the first day of the Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in 2018 with her grandson and Meghan Markle.

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Queen Elizabeth, Meghan, Harry
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth in January 2020. John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty

Prince Harry and his grandmother share a look at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in June 2018.

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100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Westminster Abbey, London, UK - 10 Jul 2018
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile with the Queen while celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force in July 2018.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May 2019.

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Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand in Westminster Hall after participating in the procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth
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Though Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth weren't photographed together much in her later years, their bond continued. When he and Meghan stepped back as senior working members of the royal family, the Queen released a statement sending them love. And when the Queen died in September 2022, Harry released a statement of his own, revealing she'd met his children and celebrating her life of service — plus their shared memories.

"Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile," he wrote. "We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."

Here, Harry remembers his "granny" at a service in her honor at Westminster Hall in London on Sept. 14, 2022.

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