New Portrait Of William And Kate Sent With Cards Thanking Those Who Mailed Anniversary Congratulations

Talk about polite. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent out a beautiful thank-you note to those who sent letters offering the couple congratulations on their fifth wedding anniversary.

The royal millennials went old school with a very formal yet gracious appreciation.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of their 5th Wedding Anniversary,

“It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.”

The couple had sent similar types of messages to those who had congratulated them on the birth of Prince George.

British photographer Paul Ratcliffe has caused a Twitter storm by posting the photograph as well as the engraved thank you card that was sent to him. He was a most grateful recipient when his card arrived on May 24. He promptly posted a photo of the card, along with the top part of the envelope, and told the world of his very royal mail.

“Lovely thank you card received from TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge for their 5th Wedding anniversary.”

In another tweet, Ratcliffe expressed his surprise at how popular his tweets have been.

“Who would have thought my twitter would go into melt-down after I received a thank you card from the Cambridges!!”

The beautiful photograph, taken outside among the spring green and flowers, in what the Daily Mail believes is at Kensington Palace gardens, was taken by portrait photographer Chris Jeff. The royal couple look like newlyweds, standing alongside each other with genuine smiles on their faces. Chris Jeff also shot photos of William and Kate along with their adorable children Prince George and Princess Charlotte outside in the the glorious autumn colors for their 2015 Christmas card. While formal, Jeff’s photography captures the couple’s easy intimacy. It is clear that they are at ease with this photographer, and fans of the royal couple wonder if he will be the photographer for the next family milestone.

As for Ratcliffe, he is no stranger to the royal family. He has himself published two books of photography of the royal family. He has a keen interest in the “pomp and pageantry” that surrounds the royals and also publishes his many photographs on his blog.

Even though the royal couple have just celebrated five years of marriage, they still seem very together. They even have pet names for each other!

Earlier this week, we got a very rare glimpse into the lives of Will and Kate when they visited the Chelsea Flower Show. There, they spoke with Australian landscaper Charlie Albone, who later revealed Kate’s nickname for Will to the press. He told the story of how the couple was checking out his award-winning garden. Prince William inquired on the gorgeous Buxus plants. This is when Kate revealed her nickname for the prince that has delighted all of Great Britain.

“Babe, we’ve got those. We’ve got loads of those.”

Sadly, there was no revelation of a pet name for Kate, but the notion that this couple living in the public eye can have such adorable nicknames is rather endearing.

For those who did not receive a card, this may be a good time to prepare for the next royal event and send a card to the royals. The Duke of Cambridge turns 34 on June 21, while Prince George will turn 3 on July 22. There may not be a thank you in return, but there is no doubt that the recipients will be most appreciative.

What do you think of the snail mail thank-you notes from Will and Kate? How do you like the portrait of the couple?

[Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images]