The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has released a Christmas card featuring her and her entire family, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and her husband, the future king of England, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
The family were captured in the image by Chris Jelf, who it's believed took it back in late October. The photo shows each member of the quartet smiling proudly as they huddled together amid Kensington Palace's autumn leaves.
A new family photo - Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte pic.twitter.com/8d472rlXFW
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 18, 2015
This image was released onto Kensington Royal's Twitter page to mark the Christmas season, which will be their first with Princess Charlotte, who was born in May. The little girl is the younger sister to 2-year-old Prince George.
Rather than being completely flawless, the picture does have one discrepancy: Princess Charlotte's shoe has fallen off and can be seen resting on the grass below as she cheekily rests in Kate Middleton's lap.
Prince William also beams from ear to ear with a proud smile as he looks down on his family, dressed in smart, casual attire. Right at the front of the image, you can also see a small train that was probably used to keep the mischievously grinning Prince George entertained during the shoot.
It's since been revealed that the toy was bought from Orange Tree Toys. Kensington Palace released the photo on Friday morning. Friends and family of the royal couple will get their very own versions of the image when they receive Christmas cards that have been sent out by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
A Kensington Palace spokesman has since confirmed that Kate Middleton and Prince William didn't originally have any plans to release the image and that it was taken for their own private collection. However, after looking at the picture, Kate Middleton was so enamoured with it that she decided to release it to the public.
This is actually the first time Kate Middleton and Prince William have released a photograph at Christmas, and it is only the second official portrait of the foursome together.
The spokesman then added, "A new family photo - 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 family of four."
Chris Jelf also talked about taking the picture of the foursome, insisting that Kate Middleton and Prince William, as well as their children, were "lovely."
Jelf told the Daily Mail, "I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don't have long when there are two young children involved! I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that The Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public."
This isn't the only information regarding Prince George to have been released today, as it's been confirmed that the 2-year-old will start attending the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk in January.
This is located in King's Lynn, which is close to their Anmer Hall home. A nursery spokesman confirmed, via BBC News, "We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery."
Kate Middleton beams as Prince Philip passes RAF Air Cadets patronage on to her https://t.co/ub9KVIHcgL pic.twitter.com/NYDSfl3ZvT
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 17, 2015
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton's new role was revealed on Wednesday afternoon, as it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge has a new military-linked job as the Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets.
According to E! Online, in this position, the 33-year-old is now the representative of the Air Cadet organization, which consists of around 42,000 air cadets that range in age from 12 to 19. This position was previously held by Prince Philip, who was roundly praised for his work with the team.
Speaking about her appointment, Kate Middleton admitted, "We are absolutely thrilled that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to be our patron. Her links to the RAF family are already well-established and her desire to support youth development is well-recognized around the world."
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte will be spending the Christmas period over their homes, Anmer Hall, which is located in Norfolk, and Kensington Palace, in central London.
[Image via Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal]