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6 Things You Missed About the Royal Family's Christmas Card Photo

Princess Charlotte is wearing something very important!
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The royal family Christmas cards came out the other day and while we all love the romantic shot of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Cambridges opted for a casual family photo that really brings smiles to our faces. After last year's formal portrait session, the Duke and Duchess went in the complete opposite direction and offered a peek into their everyday lives. Between Kate and Will casually dressed in jeans and Prince George's silly and adorable arabesque pose, it's the perfect candid photo of two great parents and their three gorgeous kids: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, seven months.

Here's what you missed about this beautiful pic:

The photographer has worked with the royal family before.

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Matt Porteous took this lovely candid shot of the Duchess with her newborn at Prince Louis's christening on July 9, 2018, and photographed Prince George on his fifth birthday this summer as well.

The photo was taken outside their country house.


While the Cambridges do have an apartment at Kensington Palace, they're also known to get out of London for a little peace and quiet at their home in Norfolk, England. The Queen actually gifted the Georgian country house Anmer Hall to the couple after their wedding, and it's where they lived when Prince William still worked as an air ambulance pilot.

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Princess Charlotte is wearing a hand-me-down sweater.

The blue pullover previously appeared on her big brother in another family photo. Prince George wore the patterned jumper in a portrait shot by Annie Leibovitz for the Queen's 90th birthday two years ago. That's a baby Charlotte on the monarch's lap, and now the littlest princess is a fast growing three-year-old!

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This is one of the first times George hasn't worn shorts for a portrait session.

While the future king wore trousers for his page boy duties at the two royal weddings this year, his wardrobe for past family Christmas cards and other photos (like this year's christening) almost always included shorts, no matter the weather. It's a traditional outfit choice for young boys in the royal family, and Prince William did the same when he was a kid as well!

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Prince Louis had tights on.


Case in point: The proud parents dressed their second son in shorts for this portrait session, but paired them with some thick tights. It must have been a chilly afternoon at Anmer Hall!

Prince George is wearing the royal family's favorite shoes.


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Almost every member of the House of Windsor has stepped out wearing practical Wellington boots, from Princess Diana to Kate Middleton and even the Queen herself. (Here's Prince William looking quite pleased at a gift for Princess Charlotte back in 2015). You can order a pair of Prince George's traditional Hunters for the "big kid" in your life for $80 on Amazon.

From: Good Housekeeping US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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