10 MAY 2004             Click here to send this news item to a friend

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has continued breaking royal tradition, releasing a touching father-son photo in honour of Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan's first birthday.

Though protocol once forbade the public release of photos of the monarch's private life, the king has opted to provide royal watchers with a rare glimpse at the young prince as he turns one. The official family photo, released on Saturday, shows a smiling Mohammed VI with an equally content baby Moulay Al-Hassan sitting on his lap.

Absent from the family scene, however, is the king's wife, Princess Lalla Salma. The princess has also bucked tradition by taking centre stage at diplomatic meetings and state functions alongside her husband.

King Mohammed VI has released a rare at-home shot of father and son in honour of Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan's first birthday
Photo: AFP
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