William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have chosen an autumnal photo of their family sitting on a tree trunk for this year’s Christmas card, which was made public on Friday.
The Duchess can be seen smiling broadly as she holds baby Louis, while three-year-old Charlotte and five-year-old George hold on to their father.
The Kensington Palace Instagram account shared the pictures on Dec. 14. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family,” the palace wrote. “The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall.”
At the same time, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, released their own Christmas card. Theirs shows the pair embracing on their wedding night in May.
The never-before-seen shot shows the newlyweds with their arms around each other as they watch a fireworks display. It was taken in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, where the couple held their exclusive wedding reception. According to Kensington Palace, the lovely image was captured by photographer Chris Allerton.
Harry and Meghan will soon take up permanent residence in nearby Frogmore Cottage as they prepare for the arrival of their first child in spring 2019. Their children will be seventh in line to the British throne.
William and Harry’s father Prince Charles also released a Christmas card, opting for a romantic shot alongside his wife, Camilla. Clarence House shared a look at the official holiday card from the pair on Twitter.
Here is a closer look at the photograph that features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card. pic.twitter.com/3PPUYi9W9L
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 14, 2018
The cards are part of Christmas tradition for the royal family, which usually spends the holiday period at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in rural Norfolk, around 100 miles north of London.
The family arrives on Christmas Eve for afternoon tea and a black-tie dinner, along with the opening of presents. After breakfast on Christmas morning, they attend a church service followed by a country walk and games.
Written by Jack Guy for CNN.
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