Prince William and Kate 'preparing' George for role says expert
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The adorable family snap chosen was from when Kate and William went on holiday to Jordan in October with their three children: Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. Kate lived in Jordan as a very young child, because of her father Michael’s job with British Airways, hence the destination for the family. Royal fans delighted at seeing the young royals look more grown-up than ever, especially Louis, who has been seen the least due to his early years being plagued by coronavirus.
However, Pod Save the Queen host Zoe Forsey noted that the picture, which shows the Cambridges in t-shirts, shorts and summer dresses, was not the most festive to put on a Christmas card.
She said: “It wasn’t the most festive of shots, was it, in terms of nice and summery and, as you say, shorts and t-shirts.”
Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers explained that the Cambridges’ 2018 and 2020 shots had been very “autumnal”, taken at Anmer Hall, featuring boots and muddy knees, so it was “nice to switch it up a bit”.
The family’s 2019 Christmas card saw the family sitting on a motorbike and sidecar, also wearing short-sleeves on what must have been a fairly warm day.
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On the new snap, Mr Myers added: “Do you know what shocked me? It’s how old Louis looks.
“I mean, he just grows up literally every time you see him.
“When I was first shocked at how big he was, was when they were clapping for the NHS and then he just seems to be getting older and older.”
Ms Forsey said: “It’s definitely that thing where we’ve seen less of him, obviously we haven’t had Trooping the Colour this year…”
The picture, believed to be taken in Petra, Jordan, appears to show the Cambridge children wearing potential hand-me-downs.
Louis’ navy plimsolls with the white sole look strikingly similar to the ones the other children wore.
Plus, it has been suggested Louis’ top might be a rewear as George was previously seen in a similar one.
Meanwhile, George’s camouflage top was similar to the one he wore in his birthday photographs but, again, it is not confirmed whether it was the exact same shirt.
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Charlotte’s dress, on the other hand, was a £26 buy from Mango, Kate again showing her support for high-street brands.
The children are sitting on “traditional chairs” while William is on what was described as an “utterly bizarre golden ball” next to a sheepskin rug.
It is understood that Jordan was the family’s holiday destination due to the Middleton family living there between 1984 and 1986 when Kate was between the ages of two and four.
Her father Michael was a British Airways manager and Kate is said to speak “very fondly” of their time there.
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So, it was likely very special for her to be able to bring her children to Jordan where they spent that “very happy period”.
There is a well-known photograph of Michael with Kate and her sister Pippa in Jerash during this period.
In 2018, William visited the site where the picture was taken and was shown the picture on an easel.
Mr Myers said: “Nice picture, nice to switch it up a little bit.”
He added: “I think it was nice to be able to switch it up, because there is a story behind the picture.
“And sometimes you can tell the story of them all out and about and living the outdoorsy life at Anmer, but I thought this was nice, because like many people they haven’t had that many opportunities to have those really special family moments and I’m sure this was one of them, being able to go on holiday.”
Ms Forsey added that the Cambridges have again given royal fans a very down-to-earth image of their family, without any of the stiff elements of traditional royal photos.
She said: “As their Christmas photos most years do, you could see it was a real family, personal photo.
They weren’t standing formally next to each other, Kate and William have their hands on each other’s knees, Kate had her arm around George, it feels very off-duty, personal.”
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