We woke up to a lovely Monday morning surprise, oodles of new Cambridge family photos.
The pictures were taken during a ski holiday last week in the French Alps and released this morning by Kensington Palace.
The Palace noted this is the first time George and Charlotte have seen snow of any consequence, or been able to play in it. I imagine the young Prince was absolutely raring to go, reveling in the novelty of the new experience and racing all over the place.
The two looked cute as could be all bundled up in their snowsuits.
Someone has a few new teeth!
The family very much looked like they were enjoying their holiday in Courchevel, in the Les Trois Vallées region.
Kate and William were so relaxed they even had a little snowball fight.
Of course, William and Kate have long loved skiing and outdoor mountain sports. Here you see Kate in 2008 when she joined Prince William and Prince Charles at Klosters, Switzerland.
I picked that particular picture because Kate wears the same jacket on that trip we see her wearing in the new photos.
The jacket dates back to at least 2008. It was made by E and O, a British brand founded in 2008. The initials stood for English and Outspoken…or Engineered and Opulent…or even Edgy and Original, according to information on the company’s website, where it is also noted the label was sold to a Far Eastern conglomerate in 2010. Thank you to Stephanie Champion Helton for letting us know about Kate’s jacket. The Duchess’s ski pants are also by E and O, they date back to at least 2008 as well.
With thanks to Bianca on the Facebook page for her speedy ID work this morning, Kate’s goggles are by UVEX.
The brand makes technical gear worn by competitive skiers. Kate’s goggles look like the UVEX Ultrasonic. Uvex responded to our query on their Facebook page and verified Kate is wearing their brand. The company says Kate’s style is no longer in production, they suggested a contemporary style called the hypersonic.
UPDATE: Kate is wearing Sorel boots.
We have received verification the Duchess is wearing Sorel, the brand’s 1964 Pac2 snow boots in curry with contrasting natural faux fur. The boots are no longer available on the Sorel US site, but are offered at Sorel’s UK site, where they are £110. The style is available at a variety of retailers, including My Theresa in the US ($152), as well as My Theresa’s international site, and in limited sizing at Amazon US ($124.99).
Many thanks to Monique Jessen of People Magazine, she let us know Kate’s hat is by Eisbar, a supplier to the Austrian ski team. Kate wears the brand’s Alwin navy pompon hat, a wool/acrylic blend featuring polar bears and snowflakes. It sells for $59.99 on Eisbar’s US site, but is shown as being temporarily out of stock.
The very savvy Books, Birkins & Beauty made an early identification of Kate’s gloves on the Facebook page, they are by Italian brand Restelli Guanti.
Sarah Smith pointed out Kate has worn the gloves since at least 2012, and Anna of My Small Obsessions shared a link to the current season’s black mitten style. Late this afternoon British retailer Alexski posted on Facebook that Kate is wearing its private label Restelli Guanti mittens. (This link takes you to the current version of the mittens, there may be some variance from what Kate is wearing as they appear to be 8 years old.) The contemporary version of the mittens is made of English kid leather lined with possum fur, they are £295, about $420 at today’s exchange rates.
Many will recognize Kate’s Kiki McDonough ‘Grace’ white topaz & diamond earrings.
The photographer the family invited to take the photos is John Stillwell, the same photographer who took the pictures of Prince George at a Butterfly Exhibit in 2014.
The entire photo shoot was outdoors.
Click here to visit What Kate’s Kids Wore for the rundown on George and Charlotte’s cute snowsuits, Charlotte’s little cashmere hat and more.
One last picture.
We’ll see you later this week for Thursday and Friday’s engagements.