Thursday 22 February 2018

Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal the show in royal family Christmas card

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Royal babies Prince George and Princess Charlotte managed to steal the spotlight in their annual family Christmas card.

The 2015 image, released by Kensington Palace on Instagram, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playing with their adorable children, believed to be at their Amner Hall home in Norfolk.

Two-year-old Prince George, wearing an adorable light blue sweater and wearing the same style of shorts favoured by his father in his official portraits in the '80s.

Princess Charlotte (seven months) is wearing the same outfit designed by Spanish label m&h as she is in her portraits released by the family earlier this month.  The royal family thanked well-wishers for their kind words, saying: "Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

"The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four."

They are the only official portraits of the family since Princess Charlotte's christening at St Mary Magdelene Church on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in July.

Read more: Curly-haired Prince George pictured with Kate Middleton and Prince Harry at Queen's Christmas lunch

This year, the family will be spending Christmas Day with the Middletons - including Kate's parents Carole and Michael, brother James and sister Pippa,  in Norfolk, once again shunning royal tradition.

Since welcoming George in 2013, the pair have celebrated Christmas Day at their own home, "preferring the less formal atmosphere" at their Norfolk estate, according to The Telegraph.

It's also believed their desired to give their children gifts can be more easily facilitated away from Sandringham House, where royals' gifts are encouraged to be simple.

Kate was spotted earlier this week shopping in London, spending more than an hour at her favourite department store Peter Jones in Chelsea, where she reportedly purchased a wipe clean table cloth.

The Duke said he is looking forward to Christmas with his adorable children and said he'd be lucky to get a good night's sleep. "Well, if I get any sleep on Christmas Eve it'll be good, because George will be bouncing around like a rabbit," he told The Big Issue.

"I think George will be extremely bouncy this year because he's suddenly worked out what Christmas is all about. So that will be two children, one who suddenly appreciates Christmas, which could be quite challenging. But I'm looking forward to it.

"It's a very different experience at Christmas, having a family of your own."

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