Casual Kate and William pose for monochrome Christmas card with George, Charlotte and Louis

Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince William and Kate opt for family photo for royal Christmas card

Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 10/12/2023

- 08:26

Updated: 10/12/2023

- 10:44

The card was contrasted with the King’s card which featured a picture from his Coronation

Prince William and Kate have opted for a family photo for their Christmas card this year while King Charles and Queen Camilla chose a photo from the Coronation.

The monochrome image chosen by the Prince and Princess of Wales shows the family, all wearing plain shirts, arranged around a smiling Princess Charlotte who is seated on a chair.

Charles’s image appears more formal, showing the King and Queen in the palace throne room following the Coronation, which contrasts with the relaxed family group photo selected by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The King and Queen’s card features a picture taken by photographer Hugo Burnand who captured the couple standing side by side, with Charles wearing the Imperial State Crown and Camilla wearing Queen Mary’s Crown.

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The King is also pictured wearing a Coronation tunic and the robe of estate.

Made of purple silk velvet embroidered in gold, the robe was worn by King George VI in 1937.

The Queen is wearing her robe of estate made by Ede and Ravenscroft and designed and hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

She also wears her coronation dress designed by Bruce Oldfield.


\u200bKing Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla's Christmas card


The image – taken on the day of the coronation, May 6, 2023 – has been selected for the couple’s second Christmas card since Charles became King.

The crowning of Charles and Camilla and the deeply religious ceremony in Westminster Abbey earlier this year was followed by a weekend of celebrations.

The couple took to the palace balcony to see the crowds, joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and the coronation pages and Ladies in Attendance.

The event brought together around 100 heads of state, kings and queens from across the globe, celebrities, everyday heroes and family and friends of the couple.

Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

The Walses' opted for a m0re casual picture


William and Kate were photographed with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at Windsor earlier this year.

The family photo was captured by Yorkshire-born photographer Josh Shinner whose previous sitters include Florence Pugh, Jodie Comer and Sam Smith.

Christmas images used to decorate official festive cards are regularly released by senior members of the royal family with the cards sent to friends, family and colleagues.

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