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There are only a few days before Christmas and the British Royal Family have yet to show off their annual Christmas cards on social media. Perhaps things are a little more hectic this year, what with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge making their TV baking debut, and the Sussexes spending some private family time with Archie and Doria. Heck, even Charles and Camilla are busier than ever as the year winds down, though the latter did get to spend some time with Dancer and Blitzen.

Thankfully, though, someone who did receive a card from Kensington Palace was kind enough to share it with the world and, well, it’s as adorable as we could’ve imagined. Royal photographer Benjamin Wareing took to Twitter to show us what the Cambridges sent out this year — and it’s a goodie.

There was no posing for holiday portraits but, rather, the photo looks to have been taken ages ago as the family are in attire more fitting for a beautiful warm day than London’s current blustery conditions. The family of five are sitting on and next to what appears to be a vintage motorbike and sidecar. Will’s in the driver’s seat with Louis seated in front of him, Kate is standing next to him holding one of the handlebars while her other arm’s around her husband, and George and Charlotte are standing in the sidecar, with the eldest child casually propping his elbow on his dad. All of them are looking at the camera and four out of the five are smiling away — a small victory for any parent getting a family photo taken. But because Louis always seems to have something to say, the 20-month-old was clearly in the middle of a mouthful that couldn’t be contained.

Louis has gotten big, no? Obviously there are going to be some changes as he goes from baby to toddler but he almost looks like a different kid. Must be all that gorgeous hair growing in. Speaking of gorge, this family might be one of the most photogenic around.

This year’s pic is similar to their Christmas card from last year, which was taken at Anmer Hall by the Cambridges’ go-to photographer Matt Porteous, though the 2018 shot looked more autumnal compared to 2019’s more summery pic.

And arguably, both are a bit of an improvement on the family’s 2017 card, which was much more formal and taken against a beige wall in Kensington Palace.

 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year. The photograph shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children at Kensington Palace. It was taken earlier this year by @chrisjacksongetty Their Royal Highnesses have also announced this morning that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018. The Willcocks Nursery School has said: “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”

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As for the Sussexes, we have yet to get a peek at their Christmas pic. In the past two years Harry and Meghan have been together, their Christmas cards have been wedding-related, with their official engagement pic used in 2017 and a never-before-seen shot from their wedding night shared in 2018.

We would’ve loved to see this year’s because Archie would’ve undoubtedly been in it but, hey, there are still a few days to go. We are patient people.

For now, we’ll continue to enjoy the final family pic of 2019 from the Cambridges. Because that might just have to be the gift that keeps on giving, at least this year.

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