Thursday 29 September 2016

Kate Middleton and Prince William enjoy family ski holiday with Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Published 07/03/2016 | 10:54

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after she threw a snowball at him during a short private break skiing in the French Alps. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Cambridges. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
©PA 2016. NEWS EDITORIAL USE. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING. TERMS OF RELEASE - which must be passed on to anyone to whom this picture is supplied: News editorial use The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk together during a short private break skiing in the French Alps. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Cambridges. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Prince William and Kate Middleton have released sweet new family photos after their first family ski holiday.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued the portraits, taken during a short ski trip in the Swiss Alps, of them posing with their two children Prince George (two) and Princess Charlotte (10 months).

Unlike previous royal ski trips, the pair invited just one photographer, John Stillwell from Press Association, to release the images on their behalf and shunned a family photocall.

They have not revealed where in the French Alps they visited in order to protect heir children's privacy.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"The family flew out to the French Alps for a long weekend away and wanted to share some images of their trip with the public," a palace aide said.

The royal couple, who wed in 2011, have been fiercely protective of their privacy since welcoming their two children and release portraits every few months as a gesture of gratitude to the media. Charlotte has been pictured just a handful of times since her birth last May, while Prince George was most recently pictured on his first day of Montessori in January.

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Prince William recently said that fatherhood has changed his perspective on life and made him "more emotional".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"I'm a lot more emotional than I used to be, weirdly. I never used to get too wound up or worried about things," he said.

"But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father.

"Just because you realise how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective. The idea of not being around to see your children grow up and stuff like that."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after she threw a snowball at him during a short private break skiing in the French Alps. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Cambridges. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after she threw a snowball at him during a short private break skiing in the French Alps. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Cambridges. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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