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The Royal Family Releases Christmas Card, Plus a Surprise Announcement About Prince George!

The royal family released this year’s Christmas card today, and it is every bit as sweet as we hoped.

Taken in October in the gardens of Kensington Palace, George and Charlotte are pictured alongside their beaming parents, William and Kate. Charlotte, according to People, is pictured in the same floral dress and pink-ribbed tights that she wore in the portraits released two weeks ago, taken by her mother. George, meanwhile, looked ready to bolt in his all-blue outfit, complete with the knee-length navy socks that have become a trademark look for the little tyke.

The image was released with the caption:

“The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm wishes they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four.”

Former soldier Chris Jelf snapped the photo and said in a statement:

“I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don’t have long when there are two young children involved! I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honored that The Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public.”

William and Kate weren’t the only ones in the royal family to share their Christmas cards with the public though. Just yesterday, Clarence House shared Prince Charles and Camilla’s, which was taken this summer in Scotland by a friend:

And we have more exciting news coming from the royal family. Starting in January, Prince George will be attending the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, not far from the family’s country home, Amner Hall. The two-year-old future King of England will follow in the tradition his grandmother, Princess Diana, started when she insisted Prince William be the first member of the royal family to go to a public preschool.

They grow up so fast, don’t they?!

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