William and Kate released their 2018 family Christmas card and it was all sorts of adorable — just look at Prince George in those jeans and tot-sized Hunter boots! People loved the fact that the Royal Family looked so laidback with their jeans and casual sweaters. One observant Twitter user even pointed out something special about one of the sweaters — the knit cardigan that Princess Charlotte is wearing is a hand-me-down from her big bro, George.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family.
The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall, and features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year. pic.twitter.com/6XqCMlhLi8
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 14, 2018
The blue cardigan with white detailing around the neck was worn by Prince George in a family portrait for Vanity Fair for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. At the time, George was around Charlotte’s age and Charlotte was just a baby sitting on her Gan-Gan’s knee.
So cute! George and Charlotte both wearing the same cardigan. pic.twitter.com/8vjaKCxqEo
— MiddletonMaven (@MiddletonMaven) December 14, 2018
People also pointed out that this isn’t the first time Charlotte has worn the sweater. The little royal was photographed wearing it on her third birthday in a photo where she was kissing her baby brother Louis’ head.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace.
This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday. pic.twitter.com/H5VVgIwRGp
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 5, 2018
And Charlotte wasn’t the only one dressed in hand-me-downs in the royal holiday card — the tiniest member of the family was also wearing clothes that George outgrew. Louis wore little shorts and shoes that once belonged to his big brother.
The fact that the Royal Family is wearing passed-down clothing — a family that can most definitely afford new clothing for a family portrait — is a nice message of sustainability, especially during a time of year that’s so focused on consumerism. Kate Middleton no doubt sets a good example for the family — she’s known to wear the same thing over again and has been spotted repeating outfits on multiple occasions.
It’s clear that this sweater is special to the family and it’s only a matter of time until we see Louis wearing it once he is big enough.