Prince William and Kate Middleton just shared their annual Christmas card photo of the full family. As always the Cambridge children were the highlight, with fans commenting on how much Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis share a resemblance to other family members, as well as another talking point.
The photograph, which was taken at Prince William and Kate’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, with Matt Porteous behind the camera, shows the family-of-five sitting on a bale of hay within the property’s grounds.
Each of them are rocking casual outfits, looking quite relaxed in the photograph. One detail that fans noticed was that the children have been busy playing outside, as both Charlotte and Louis have muddy knees in the photo.
Having noticed the details in the Christmas card, a royal fan went on Twitter: “Kate seems to have muddy knees as well. Great photo. Lovely family,” while another commented: “Matching dirt marks on the leg-wear, obviously been having a lark before this was taken.”
Both parents have talked in the past about their family’s love of being outside. In February, Kate made an appearance on the Happy Mum, Happy baby podcast and when host Giovanna Fletcher prompted the Duchess to complete the sentence, “I’m happy when…,” Kate replied: “I’m with my family outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty.”
In the newest ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, the Duke talks about his children’s love for the outdoors: “Seeing my children, seeing the passion in their eyes and the love for being outdoors… They find a bug or they love watching how bees are forming the honey.
“George particularly, if he’s not outdoors he’s quite like a caged animal. He needs to get outside.”
Last week, the Cambridge family came out in force for a festive family outing which saw them attend Pantoland at the London Palladium. That marked the first time that fans have seen George, Charlotte and Louis walk the red carpet and sit in the royal box.
Usually, the Cambridges spend Christmas with the Queen and other members of the royal family at the monarch’s estate, Sandringham. But, this year due to the global pandemic they have admitted that won’t be the case this year and that they are still struggling with plans for the festive period.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen, 94, and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will be spending the festive period at Windsor Castle. Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.