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William and Kate family Christmas card photo with three children

Princess of Wales doubles-back to greet little fan

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The Prince and Princess of Wales have shared a previously unseen image of their family which will feature on the royals’ Christmas card this year. The adorable image shows William and Kate holding hands with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in Norfolk.

Kensington Palace said in a brief statement: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are delighted to share a new photograph of their family.”

Taken by photographer Matt Porteous, the image shows the family holding hands while walking along a sunlit path.

The Waleses appear dressed down with William wearing a blue shirt, jeans and trainers with Kate also in denim with a white blouse.

George, nine, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, appear in shorts and T-shirts between their mother and father. All five smile brightly as they stroll through the grounds, although William can be seen looking ahead into the distance.

While Kensington Palace has not confirmed where in Norfolk the photo was taken, the Waleses are known to enjoy their summer holidays at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate.

During the Covid pandemic, Kate and William home-schooled their children from the Georgian country house in the village of Anmer.

William’s connection to the country pile stretches back to his childhood when Anmer Hall was home to the family of Hugh Van Cutsem Senior, a late university friend of King Charles.

The then Prince of Wales would visit the stately hall, which was built in 1802, with Princes William and Harry when they were children.

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Queen Elizabeth II gave the 10-bedroom house to William and Kate as a wedding gift.

Anmer Hall was also the setting for the Prince and Princess of Wales’s Christmas card image in 2020.

The photo was shot in the autumn by Mr Porteous and shows the family in front of a pile of firewood.

Last Christmas, the Waleses released an image of themselves in Jordan where they had travelled for the holidays.

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The Middle Eastern country is particularly important to Kate who lived there with her parents as a young child from 1984 to 1986.

She attended pre-school in Jordan while her father worked for British Airways.

The image released today is in keeping with those of the past with the Waleses appearing relaxed and happy.

Meanwhile, King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, chose a photograph taken at a Highland Gathering for their Christmas card this year.

Buckingham Palace released the picture on Sunday. It was selected for the couple’s first Christmas card since Charles became King.

The image, taken by award-winning photographer Sam Hussein, shows Charles and Camilla smiling at the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in September.

It captures the King’s profile as the monarch is dressed in a tweed suit with a red, green and beige tie.

Camilla is wearing a green suit and matching hat with a pheasant motif along with pearl earrings.

The photo was taken on September 3 – just days before Elizabeth II’s death on September 8, when Charles was still the Prince of Wales.

Release of the images comes days before Netflix releases the next three episodes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s documentary, Harry and Meghan, which is to be aired on Thursday.

The next episodes of the six-part series are set to explore the Sussexes’ decision to step away from royal duties and make a life for themselves in North America.

Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on the controversial series.

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