The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release family Christmas portrait

The Royal family ditched traditional Christmas colours for a powder blue palette in this year's official family photo.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their Christmas portrait which will feature on their annual Christmas card.

The photo, taken earlier this year, captures the family including William and Catherine’s two children Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

"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," Kensington Palace tweeted.

The picture was taken at Kensignton Palace by the family's favoured photographer, Chris Jackson.

 

The couple also announced that Princess Charlotte will be starting at Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington from January 2018.

The traditional nursery school "strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners," according to their website and costs A$34,481 per term.

Children who attend the school take part in French lessons, cooking, painting or drama and have their art work displayed in an 'art gallery'.

"We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte," the school said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a big year ahead, starting with an official visit to Sweden and Norway from January 30.

Their third child is due in April and Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on May 19.

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