A new Christmas card photo of the Wales family was released today by Kensington Palace.
The message accompanying the image says, “The Prince and Princess of Wales are delighted to share a new photograph of their family.” The photo was taken in Norfolk earlier this year, most likely in the summer from the looks of the foliage. The image was shot by Matt Porteous, who took the photos used for the 2020 and 2018 holiday cards, and several other notable events for the family.
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, shared their 2022 Christmas card earlier this week. The image was shot by Samir Hussein at the Braemar Games in September.
Now for a look back at the Cambridge/Wales annual family photos. In 2021, the Cambridges posed during a vacation in Jordan. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by Sea NY.
Below, the 2020 image by Mr. Porteous, shot at the family’s country estate, Anmer Hall.
In 2019, the Duchess took the photo used for the cards.
There was also a more formal photo used in 2019. The image was not released by Kensington Palace but was posted on social media by an individual who received the card.
The 2018 photo by Mr. Porteous is one of my favorites, showing a relaxed Cambridge family at Anmer Hall. The Duchess sported her Fjällräven Övik Re-Wool Style sweater, and gingham checked shirt.
A formal posed image was used for 2017’s holiday cards. It was taken by Chris Jackson, Getty’s royal photographer. The Duchess wore a Catherine Walker suit first seen during her solo 2016 trip to the Netherlands.
For their 2016 Christmas cards, as well as thank you notes, the family used a picture from a children’s party held during their 2016 Canada tour. The Duchess wore a See by Chloé dress in that picture.
The first time the family released an official photo for Christmas was in 2015, sharing an image with a very young Princess Charlotte and older brother Prince George, taken by Chris Jelf at Kensington Palace. I don’t believe we definitively identified the shirt or sweater seen in this image.
For the 2014 holiday season, the family released a series of pictures showing a jolly-looking Prince George on the steps of Kensington Palace. They were taken by Edward Lane Fox, Prince Harry’s former private secretary.
Now for our look at what Kate wears in the new photo. She brought back a piece first worn in May 2019 (in photos shot by Matt Porteous) at the unveiling of her Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
We saw the shirt again during June 2020 Zoom calls made during the UK’s annual Volunteers Week.
The Mabel Shirt by MiH Jeans is crafted from a lightweight cotton broderie Anglaise with a floral motif. It featured a button front, puffed sleeves, and scalloped trim at the cuffs, hem, and neckline.
I can’t tell from the photos precisely which jeans the Duchess is wearing, but we can see she has on her Superga Cotu Classic sneaker ($51.78 at Zappos, $65 at Nordstrom). The style is only $19.99 at Superga, but they only have a few sizes available. A shopping note: Superga shows its entire site priced at $19.99 as of tonight.
Tonight’s What Kate’s Kids Wore post has details on what the children are wearing in the new photo.
I will see you Thursday when the Princess of Wales hosts the second annual Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey.