The Cambridge Christmas card photo was released today, and the children look just darling.
In the photo taken this autumn at Anmer Hall, the family’s country home in Norfolk, everyone is dressed casually. Prince George looks like he is having a terrific time balancing on a log; Princess Charlotte has a sweet smile and it is delightful to see a new photo of Prince Louis. The photographer who took the photo is a familiar name, Matt Porteous. Mr. Porteous also shot this classic photo from Prince Louis’s christening.
The picture is reminiscent of the 2015 family photo taken by Chris Jelf.
It is fun seeing how Charlotte and George have changed in just the last year.
Prince George in 2017 (l) and in the new photograph (r).
Now we’ll take a look at what the children wore, beginning with the newest addition to the family, Prince Louis. (That grin has done me in.)
For his first official Christmas card photo, Louis is wearing two pieces from Amaia Kids. One is the Mayfair top ($47), done in a cotton jersey knit with a piped poplin collar, and the other is the Griotte Bloomer in navy ($55). The Prince also has on what looks like the Alex pre-walker shoe by Early Days, a classic British pram shoe with a T-bar and button fastening. It is a style we saw several times on Prince George.
The bloomers were previously seen on his older brother in Christmas photos from 2014.
It’s difficult to tell if Louis is in the same bloomers that George wore, or if he is wearing a new pair. According to Monique Jessen’s People story, the Prince is wearing ribbed tights in navy, also from Amaia Kids. We haven’t yet identified the soft blue sweater Louis is wearing.
Princess Charlotte is wearing an item many of you will recognize, a navy cardigan sweater. We first noted Charlotte wearing it in a May photograph with her little brother.
But it was originally worn by Prince George in the Queen’s 90th birthday photo portrait done in 2016 by Annie Leibovitz.
The cardigan is by Spanish brand Fina Ejerique. It is a classic button-front style with ribbed trim at the collar, cuffs and placket.
Charlotte appears to be in a pair of Hunter boots, probably the ‘Original First Classic Rain Boot’ style. (You can just see part of the boot in the photo, and George is also wearing the style. More on that in a minute.) The Princess is wearing a ruffle-collar top just like that seen in the photo of her holding Prince Louis, and she has on a fine-waled corduroy skirt or dress in navy.
Now for what Prince George wore, starting with the most notable element in his outfit: he is wearing long trousers instead of shorts! In the new photo, he is wearing a pair of denim jeans.
The Prince also has on a checked shirt topped by a ribbed knit sweater in an olive green mélange; I’m still working on IDs for those two items.
UPDATE Dec. 15: In a comment on the post Wessy suggests George is wearing a sweater by Wild and Gorgeous, the brand’s Khaki Knitted Jumper. And Laura (@Japanese_Ginger) shared the Wild and Gorgeous Instagram post confirming this as well.
The piece is a viscose/wool/nylon/cotton/cashmere blend. Originally priced at £65, the style most recently sold at £30. The company confirmed on Instagram the Prince was wearing their merchandise, saying it is the “Bernie” style.
We have seen George wearing Wild and Gorgeous before, at the 2016 children’s party in Canada. Many thank to Wessy and Laura for their IDs of the sweater!
George is wearing boots by Hunter; it looks like the brand’s Original First Classic Rain Boot style. They are available at Hunter’s US site ($55), as well as at Nordstrom, at Saks, and also at Amazon. The boots are made in unisex sizes; I think Charlotte is also wearing this style.
The boot description notes they are “lined with cotton for comfort and feature a specially developed tread to reduce slipping. An ideal starter rain boot, the Original Kids First Classic Rain boot is designed for growing feet.”
This is really a wonderful photo, with the children looking relaxed and very comfortable, not quite as posed as the image used for last year’s card.
We should see Princess Charlotte and Prince George with their parents next week when they attend the Queen’s annual Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace. This is George with his mother last year.
And here we see Princess Charlotte with the Duchess.
I will update the post with any new information on the items that are not yet identified.