Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are all grown up in their family's black-and-white snap
On Saturday, the Prince and Princess of Wales, both 41, released their annual Christmas card. The new photo taken by photographer Josh Shinner earlier this year shows the couple posing with their three children — Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.
The classic black-and-white portrait-style photo is a departure for William and Kate. They typically share full-color photos taken outdoors. This year's picture, which was taken in Windsor, appears to have been snapped in a studio setting. The family of five moved their primary residence from London to Windsor last year.
The family of five match in button-down collared shirts. Kate and Charlotte both wear jeans, while William, George and Louis coordinate in dark slacks (with Louis in shorts!). Charlotte and her younger brother Louis are also twinning in canvas sneakers. William and Kate each put an arm around their sons and Charlotte takes center stage in a chair.
This year was significant for William and Kate, as the couple further settled into their elevated royal roles as the Prince and Princess of Wales. William’s pivotal place in the line of succession was emphasized on King Charles’ coronation day when he knelt before his father to pay homage after he was crowned.
Prince George also served as a Page of Honor for his grandfather during the May 6 crowning at Westminster Abbey and made history as the first future monarch to officially play a role in a coronation service. Later in the day, Prince William and Princess Kate appeared with all three kids on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to support the King.
Last year, Prince William and Princess Kate surprised fans with their most casual Christmas card to date. The sweet snap was taken by Matt Porteous in 2022 in Norfolk and showed the family holding hands during a sunny stroll. The Prince and Princess of Wales are known to spend school breaks, weekends and holidays with their children at Anmer Hall, their country home in Norfolk, and it's where Kate is said to feel most at home.
The picture showed the family of five holding hands, all dressed casually for a sunny stroll. Prince William and Princess Kate matched in jeans, while George, Charlotte and Louis wore shorts and sneakers.
The royal couple chose a previously unseen photo showing them posed with their kids during a private family trip to Jordan for their 2021 Christmas greeting. In 2020 and 2018, the family chose photos taken outside at Anmer Hall.
On Dec. 8, the family stepped out for Princess Kate’s third annual Together At Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey. The evening of entertainment marked the third iteration of the concert Kate spearheaded to spotlight individuals and organizations across the U.K. who supported their communities through the COVID pandemic in 2021.
The theme of Together At Christmas has shifted slightly every year since, and the latest service was linked to the Shaping Us campaign from The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood which Kate launched in June 2021.
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On Christmas Day, Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are expected to step out for the traditional walk to church at Sandringham. Each Christmas, the royal family goes to St. Mary Magdalene church for holiday mass, after which they greet well-wishers. They then head back to Sandringham House to enjoy a traditional turkey holiday feast.
The 2022 walk was significant as the first of King Charles’ reign, and he did the honors of leading the charge with Queen Camilla. It was also sweet for another reason — Prince Louis’ Christmas walk debut!
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