On Christmas Eve, Kensington Palace unveiled a candid new holiday photo of Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Kate Middleton is not featured in the picture, as she was the one who captured the sweet moment.
The black-and-white image, which was taken at the family’s Norfolk home earlier this year, sees the Duke of Cambridge crouching down to give his youngest son a kiss on the cheek while Princess Charlotte stands with her hands on little Louis’ shoulders. Prince George is photographed sitting in a nearby wicker chair, smiling at his mother behind the camera.
This is not the first time the duchess has shared her own pictures with the world. The palace often publishes photos taken by Middleton to mark important milestones in her family’s life, including birthdays and first days of school.
“Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year,” Kensington Palace captioned the shot. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day.”
The release of the new family portrait comes after a family photo of the Cambridges was leaked on Twitter last week. The photo showed the family-of-five posing on a vintage motorbike and sidecar. Though it wasn’t an official portrait, the photo was spotted on Queen Elizabeth’s desk when she delivered her annual Christmas address on Monday, December 24.
Kate and William’s black-and-white family photo seems to mirror Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s candid and intimate Christmas card that was released earlier this week. In the snap, shared via Twitter on by the royal charity Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the newlywed couple sits in front of a Christmas tree while seven-month-old Archie poses front and center.
This year, Duke of Duchess of Sussex are spending the holiday in Canada while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend Christmas at the royal estate in Sandringham with the queen.