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A New Family Photo from the Cambridges & George is Headed to Nursery School!

As hoped this holiday season, Kensington Palace released a new picture of Kate, William, George and Charlotte.PA Wire

More about the photo from The Daily Mail:

It is the first time the family have released a photograph at Christmas and only the second official portrait of the family of four. A Kensington Palace spokesman said the photograph was commissioned for their own use but that the couple decided to make it public because they liked it so much. 

This is the first time we have seen the Duke, Duchess, Prince and Princess together since Charlotte’s christening in early July Mario Testino / Art Partner

The new photograph will be used on the family’s Christmas card. The picture was taken in late October at Kensington Palace by photographer Chris Jelf, a former soldier serving with 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.”

On his website Mr. Jelf talks about his love of photography:

My father gave me an old manual Pentax when I was 12 and since then I have been passionate about photography. I never dreamt it would become my career, but after spending my 20’s in the Army, it sort of happened by accident.

The picture was taken at Kensington Palace in late October. George looks particularly happy in a blue Fairisle sweater and shorts, while his sister Charlotte is in the same outfit worn in the photos taken by the Duchess that were released in November.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/Chris Jelf-PA Wire

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/Chris Jelf-PA Wire

The Palace also released news that prince George will start nursery school part-time in January. He will attend  Westacre Montessori school near the family’s Norfolk home; the school is actually located on the Sandringham estate. Back to The Telegraph article:

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.  Prince George’s new school was opened 23 years ago and has 27 children…Westacre, which is housed in a converted chapel, teaches children aged two to five and was rated “good” in its latest Ofsted report earlier this year.

The news is the latest evidence that the Duke and Duchess regard Norfolk as their main home, rather than their London residence at Kensington Palace.

Identifying what Kate wore in the new image will be very difficult because of the way the Duchess is situated in the picture. At best we can say she is wearing a gray v-neck sweater atop an open-front shirt that I believe is a button-down, with dark navy skinny jeans or leggings. Kate is also wearing her sapphire/diamond earrings and a pair of navy sneakers (trainers) with a white sole.

Taking a closer look at the shoes one can see the white sole a little better; it looks deeper than that seen on other sneakers Kate has worn, in keeping with the current trend in fashionable sneakers; the sneakers also have gold or silver eyelets. On the Facebook page Jennifer suggest Kate is wearing the Mint Velvet plimsoll similar to the grey pair she has, we show that below left. On the right we show a pair with an even thicker sole, the Gant Alice shown below, although Kate’s have navy laces. (This is illustrative only, I am not suggesting this is the pair Kate is wearing in the photo.)

Mint Velvet/PA Wire/GANT

Mint Velvet/PA Wire/GANT

We will do a search for the sweater the Duchess has on and see if we come up with anything remotely similar. As we gather new information we will update the post! For much more detailed information about what Charlotte and George are wearing click here to visit What Kate’s Kids Wore; today’s post also includes news about a new brand that Kate is fond of for both children.

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Rose Spring

Monday 28th of December 2015

I think it could be this sweater:

It might also be the one that Catherine wore for the rugby match in Australia.


Monday 28th of December 2015

Oh my, what a great find Rose!! I am going to take a look for hi resolution photos from the agencies where I license pictures and see if we can get some good sized images. What a great memory you have! :)


Sunday 27th of December 2015

just a suggestion, but i thought Kate's sweater could also be from Mint Velvet. they have a few like it.


Monday 21st of December 2015

A charming photo.

I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to comment on the Duchess's last few appearances, but of course I was delighted to see that the Cambridges had released a picture for the holidays, since I had expressed the hope here that they would. It's fascinating to see how much Princess Charlotte matured between this picture, taken in October, and the two taken by her mother in November. Her features acquired greater definition and identity, didn't they?

I thought we'd previously had a lengthy discussion of the European short pants tradition for small boys. I believe I posted, or at least referred to, the fact that Princes William and Harry had both worn short pants uniforms to the pre-prep Wetherby School. The tradition was still alive and well then. It will be interesting to see what George is required to wear, in terms of uniforms, once he moves on from nursery school.

By the way, anyone living near a Bloomingdales should hotfoot it there for some terrific holiday deals. This afternoon, I bought a Ralph Lauren sweater dress for over 50% off and also got great discounts on elegant Thomas Pink, Jermyn Street, London shirts for my husband. I can't help but crow.


Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

Nice to see you back and congratulations on your sales deals. I'm indebted to you for pointing out that Pure do more than just cashmere as I've been able to source some plain slim-line wool trousers of a type I haven't been able to find for love nor money of late. Being short means I fall foul of wide-legs whenever they come back in fashion and have to keep an eye out for genuine slim-legs to stock up on as and when I can


Monday 21st of December 2015

I felt for Kate when I heard she wasn't sure about her hair. I did that too. I lopped off my lovely long hair and instantly regretted it but it grew back and one thing is certain she'll never do it again if she's certain it's not a style for her. More so for her because she experimented publically. I envy women who can change it up and down but so be it. I love the family shot. It's a far cry from a stiff little Charles shaking the hand of his mother after a long absence. Indeed it was a different time but this is a lovely representation of the monarchy today.


Monday 21st of December 2015

There were some charming family photos of the Queen, Prince Charles, and their children. The one you cite was not, after all, an actual family picture but rather a mere news photo. I think it's unfortunate that people are not necessarily familiar with some of the more candid and enjoyable photos of the royal family when the Queen was much younger.


Monday 21st of December 2015

Love this picture! So fun! A bit frustrated Kate has "given us the slip" as it were, regarding the brands she's actually wearing, but we can know for sure she's wearing trainers, jeans, a blue button up, and a grey sweater. That's a great outfit no matter what brands you're wearing!

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