The Cambridges have released a new family photograph, taken at Kensington Palace in late October.
It’s a wonderful image with the entire family looking relaxed and happy, although Prince William does seem to be keeping an an eye on George, who looks especially vibrant. It was taken by Chris Jelf, a former soldier who served in the Light Dragoons. More from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:
Mr Jelf, who was chosen through a recommendation from a friend, said: “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 honoured that The Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public.”
In the new picture George is sporting a Fairisle sweater and Princess Charlotte wears the same outfit seen in photos that were released in November.
A quick refresher: Charlotte’s dress is by Spanish brand M&H, while her pink cardigan remains an UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object). In the photograph you can see that one of Charlotte’s shoes has fallen off and is laying in the grass.
In a comment Hannah wonders if Charlotte might be wearing the ‘Elena’ baby girls shoe by Panyno shown below left. We also had a question from a reader who asked about the Start-Rite ‘Baby Clare’ Pre-walker as a possibility. I would probably rule out the latter option only because the sole of Charlotte’s shoe appears a little darker than the light grey/off-white used for the bottom of the Baby Clare style.
Other options would include a brand new to us that the Duchess likes, Love in Kyò, as well as M&H, they also offer shoes.
We are working on identifying the jumper (sweater) George is wearing.UPDATE: Once again we hand it to Monique Jessen of People, she has found the manufacturer of George’s sweater. The piece is by another Spanish-based brand, Fina Ejerique. Below, what looks like the sweater in two more colorways, a gray-aqua and mushroom-salmon (my color names), as shown at Pomerania Kids.
The jacquard sweater is a blend of 30% wool and 70% acrylic, hand washing is recommended for the piece. Both remain available as of this writing, they are on sale at 50% off their original price, now selling for 22,99 €, that is roughly $25.
It is also available in the blue George is wearing in sizes 3M – 4 Yrs, offered at Margarita and Co., priced at 29.90 €, about $32.
Fina Ejerique has been in business since 1993; they pride themselves on making “comfortable clothes with a high quality standard and the passion of home-made product,” manufacturing all of their products in Spain. Below, more styles from this winter’s collection.
Fina Ejerique makes both boys and girls clothing, including infant styles.
On its website the company wrote that it was an honour for their whole team that Prince George wore one of their jumpers for the family’s official Christmas card photo, adding a thank you to the Duchess of Cambridge for choosing the firm.
Underneath the sweater Prince George is wearing what appears to be a basic white polo shirt like many he has worn before. We share a few possibilities below: from left to right: a Neck and Neck top, a Tommy Hilfiger in the center and the Gant version below right.
George is wearing a pair of shorts much like the Mayoral boys Shorts and Belt Set seen at Trooping the Colour and polo this past June.
Of course it’s unlikely George would be in the very same pair worn six months ago, he probably would have outgrown them. Below we show the Mayoral shorts at Kit and Kaboodle, where they remain available in very limited sizes.
A tip of the tiara to Monique Jessen of People magazine for discovering the wooden train you see in the picture; it is the Steam Train Pull Along, from Orange Tree Toys. It is an old-fashioned (for some of us!) wooden train that is part of Orange Tree’s vintage collection; it sells for £14.99, about $23 at today’s exchange rates.
There was also news today that Prince George will be starting nursery school in January. He will attend Westacre Montessori School part-time, here is more from The Telegraph:
A spokesman for the school said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery where he will get the same special experience as all of our children.”
Both Prince William and Prince Harry attended Montessori nurseries, though the Duchess of Cambridge went to a local pre-school in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, where her family lived at the time.
The school is located in a building that used to be a chapel and The Telegraph story notes it is modestly priced in comparison to nursery schools near Kensington Palace.
A tip of the tiara to Monique Jessen for discovering the wooden train you see in the picture, it is the Steam Train Pull Along, we show it at Orange Tree Toys, where it is £14.95.
It is a delight to see a new photo of the family together, we will update the post when we learn more about George’s sweater.
Kate loves the luxurious Love in Kyò line so much that she recently asked the designer to make a blue-hooded cashmere coat for 2-year-old George to match a pink one owned by 7-month-old Charlotte, as his size was no longer available.
Here is a look at some of the Love in Kyo styles.
The brand prides itself on the textiles used in its products, described this way on its website:
The yarns, also produced in Italy, are composed of completely natural fibers, such as cashmere, silk-cashmere, cotton-cashmere, Egyptian cotton and extra-fine merinos wool. All the materials are guaranteed as not processed with chemical agents, potentially harming the health (of) children.
Here are a few more styles.
Despite the quality of the wool and cashmere used in the garments and accessories, the company says they are washing machine safe on the gentle cycle. In addition to the cashmere and wool items Love in Kyò also has a line of cotton clothing, including appliqued and smocked pieces.
I imagine we’ll see one or both Cambridge children in this line before too long.