Kate Middleton and Prince William release Christmas card after last week’s leak
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially shared the family picture used for their Christmas card this year – and which was leaked last week.
Kensington Palace shared the adorable picture of Prince William and wife Kate with their three kids, although a royal fan had anticipated them last week.
The shot shows the Duke and Duchess with their three kids George, Charlotte and Louis grinning at the camera as they squeeze in for the lenses.
“The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new image of their family, which features on their Christmas card this year,” the caption on Kensington Palace’s tweet reads.
The relaxed family photo shows the Cambridges sitting on an outside bench in a wood store at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
Little Louis looks very happy and cheerful as he smiles, showing an expression full of joy.
A beaming Princess Charlotte sits on her mum’s knee in the photo, while Prince George is next to his dad.
The card addressed ‘To all the amazing NHS staff,’ with the message: ‘Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year’ was leaked by a royal fan on Facebook last week.
Inside, there is a handwritten note from William, which reads: “We can never thank you again for all the dedication and sacrifice you have had to make this year. We will be forever grateful.”
Photographer Matt Porteous took the image and has received royal commissions in the past from William and Kate, including capturing behind the scenes moments from Louis’ christening.
The release of the picture follows the rare public appearance of the Cambridges’ children who, with their parents, attended a London pantomime on Friday for key workers and their families.
Previous cards from the family have been taken at their Norfolk home, with last year’s featuring the Cambridges posing on a vintage motorbike and sidecar.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have also released their Christmas Card.
Prince Charles and wife Camilla were pictured beaming in their garden in Birkhall, Aberdeenshire.
The couple can be seen relaxing in casual clothes on a bench in the historic property’s organic garden in bright autumn sunshine.
A member of staff is understood to have taken the picture.