Prince William and Kate release family xmas card

Harry and Meghan have chosen an image showing them with their arms wrapped around each other's waists on their wedding night for their Christmas card

The two are following in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Diana who in 1981, the year they were married, also chose a picture from their wedding as their first Christmas card together.

Prince William, Kate and their kids - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - released their charmingly casual 2018 Christmas card photo on Friday (Dec. 14), and Kate's outfit looks nearly identical to their snap from three years ago.

Eagle-eyed royal watchers have pointed out that Princess Charlotte's jumper is actually a hand-me-down from Prince George, who wore the same blue piece for a 2016 photo with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The photograph taken by Chris Allerton, shows the couple embracing as they watch a fireworks display across the lake.

British officials have released the photos chosen by members of the royal family for their Christmas cards.

A royal source said: "Kate had only just given birth to Prince Louis and was feeling quite emotional". Prince William, 36, has his arm around three-year-old Charlotte as George, 5, leans on his shoulders.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family".

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Image The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's card shows the whole family including baby Louis

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children are pictured at their Norfolk home.

In previous years, Prince Harry reportedly gifted the Queen an "ain't life a bitch" bath hat, while Kate Middleton gave Harry a "grow-your-own girlfriend" kit (of course, this was in the pre-Meghan Markle era).

Prince Louis adds the crowning touch of cuteness in William and Kate's Christmas card.

The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also released an annual festive photograph in the grounds of Clarence House.

It is not clear why or how this tradition came to be and if this is protocol only during Christmas or even in other festivals through the year.

Former royal butler Grant Harrold seconded the claims, saying the men and women are quite separated in the royal family on Christmas morning.

William and Harry's father Prince Charles opted for a romantic shot alongside his wife, Camilla.

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