Christmas has come early for royal watchers as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a family Christmas photo to the public this morning! This photo was taken at Kensington Palace:
Last year, William and Kate gave us a Christmas picture of George, which was obviously very exciting, but at that time I think we had all hoped to see William and Kate in the picture, too.
The Cambridges released a family shot from the christening, but Charlotte was quite small, and frankly in comparison to this vibrant photo today, that photo feels a little stiff:
Today, Kate has dressed Charlotte in the same ensemble that the little princess wore for her solo shoot. The dress is by Spanish label m&h and reportedly cost only thirty-some-odd dollars. Kate probably kept Charlotte in the same dress because she looks nice in it, but very possibly also to minimize the rush to ID more baby clothes.
I love the casual but put-together atmosphere of the photo. The whole family is nicely coordinated wearing cozy autumn sweaters in tones of blue and grey and pink. Charlotte's little left shoe has fallen off and sits in the grass next to a toy train that provides a pop of color and classic element in the green grass.
Kate is wearing soft skinny/leggings with a light button down and a grey pullover. She is also wearing new sneakers in a deep navy. This photo appears to have been taken before she had her hair trimmed and the long layers frame her face and blow aside just enough to give us a glimpse of her sapphire and diamond drop earrings. This is a stunning photo of the whole family. George is his usual bubbly self, and William looks handsome and debonair as he glances at Prince George. Speaking of the little man who will be king, the Cambridges have released news on that front:
William and Kate have announced today that George will start at a Norfolk nursery in January. The precocious toddler will join twenty other youngsters at the Westacre Montessori School where his tuition will likely be £5.50/hour.
West Acre Montessori School has been established for 21 years. In 2001 it moved to the village of East Walton to the south east of King's Lynn. It operates from the main hall and associated rooms of a converted chapel. A maximum of 20 children may attend the setting at any one time. The school is open each weekday during school term times, on Monday and Friday from 9.00 to 12.00 and on Tuesday to Thursday from 9.00 to 15.00. All children share access to a secure enclosed outdoor play area.
Kate and William have been keen for George to interact with other children his age, and we have seen Kate take George to play with others his age in London, Norfolk, and Bucklebury.
Final verdict is overwhelmingly positive. I think today's photo has really solidified for me that I miss Kate's longer hair. I hope she grows it out quickly, it is just too beautiful to wear short. This photo continues to balance the contemporary and classic which seems to be the Cambridges trademark. That bodes well for future family photos and for the institution of e monarchy. This couple obviously understands measured modernization.