William and Kate have opted for an informal autumnal photo with their children on a tree trunk for their Christmas card, while Harry and Meghan chose an image showing them with their arms wrapped around each other’s waists on their wedding night.
With smiles all round, the Duchess of Cambridge cradles beaming baby Louis – who is now almost eight months old – as she rests against a tree trunk in woodland at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk with the Duke of Cambridge.
The photograph released by Kensington Palace showed Prince George finally getting to wear long trousers for the first time in an official portrait, and Princess Charlotte wearing a navy blue cardigan that belonged to George.
Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the new photo from their evening wedding reception, showing them hand-in-hand as fireworks erupt in the grounds of Frogmore House, a 17th century royal residence in Windsor near Frogmore Cottage, where they will live from early next year.
With smiles all round, the Duchess of Cambridge cradles baby Louis – who is now almost eight months old – as she rests against a tree trunk in woodland at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk with the Duke of Cambridge
Prince Louis (left) is now almost eight months old and bears a strong resemblance to his mother Kate as a baby (right, in 1982)
The photograph released by Kensington Palace showed Prince George (left) holding onto his father and Princess Charlotte (right) wearing a navy blue cardigan that belonged to George
In the Cambridges’ photo, three-year-old Charlotte stands on the trunk with her arms around her parents’ shoulders, while George, five, playfully holds on to his father as he stands one-legged in wellies on the trunk.
Charlotte appears in the card wearing a navy blue cardigan that belonged to her five-year-old brother George.
The £48 knitted number by Fina Ejerique was seen on George in the family portrait released to celebrate his grandmother the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.
Tomboy Charlotte also wore the cardigan in a sweet photo of her kissing newborn Prince Louis shortly after his birth this year. The button down top features a white nordic pattern around the neckline.
Meanwhile George finally got to wear long trousers for the first time in an official portrait. The youngster wore a pair of blue-grey chinos tucked into wellies for the snap, as he playfully leaned on one leg, holding his father William’s shoulder for support.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the new photo from their evening wedding reception, showing them hand-in-hand as fireworks erupt in the grounds of Frogmore House in Windsor near Frogmore Cottage, where they will live from next year
It was the first time George has worn long trousers for an official portrait, or even been seen in them publicly, aside from when he acted as a Page Boy for Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie’s weddings.
George and his fellow pageboys wore miniature versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoat, similar to the uniforms worn by Harry and William on the big day, complete with long trousers.
The new cards were released this morning, along with one from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in which the couple are pictured on a bench in their Clarence House garden gazing at each other.
Harry and Meghan were photographed by Chris Allerton on May 19, while William and Kate chose an autumn picture taken by Matt Porteous.
In Charles and Camilla’s card, the duchess is wearing a cream and crepe dress by Fiona Clare in the image.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also released a card in which the couple are pictured on a bench in their Clarence House garden gazing at each other. Camilla is pictured wearing a cream and crepe dress by Fiona Clare
The message in the card from Charles and Camilla reads: ‘Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year
‘In the Christmas photograph, the heir to the throne is wearing an Anderson and Sheppard suit, shoes by Crockett and Jones and a Turnbull and Asser shirt.
The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand, who is used to working with members of the Royal Family as he took the wedding pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2011 and Charles and Camilla’s big day in 2005.
Charles also asked the photographer to take the birthday image which marked his 60th year in 2008, and he has taken a portrait picture of the duchess.
In the portrait used for the Cambridge family Christmas card in 2017 (left), George was again wearing the shorts we’ve become accustomed to seeing him in. In another image released in December 2015 (right), taken in the grounds of Anmer Hall in Norfolk, George was again wearing his trademark shorts despite the Autumn weather
Back in his shorts! Prince George pictured feeding an ice cram to the family dog Lupo in aon offcial portrait taken at Sandringham in 2016 and issued in July that year to mark his third birthday
2016: The Cambridges selected this photograph of an entertainer at a party at a children’s party for military families at Government House in Victoria during the royal tour of Canada in September 2016 as a Christmas card for that year
2015: The Cambridges released this photo of their family shortly after Charlotte’s birth for their Christmas card three years ago
He claimed that shorts on young boys are, in fact, a silent British class marker and trousers are deemed ‘suburban’, which no self-respecting royal would want to be considered.
‘The Duchess of Cambridge has to dress her own children and find a balance between royal tradition and heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the “suburban” habit of making young boys wear trousers,’ he explained.
‘Although I don’t really think that the sartorial rule of shorts for young boys would be a new one for Catherine.
‘I would suspect that her own mother and mother’s friends knew this – as more well-heeled middle class mothers do – and dressed their own boys accordingly.
2005: Charles and Camilla with Prince William, Prince Harry, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Parker Bowles at Windsor Castle
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