PRINCE William and wife Kate proudly show off their children in their most intimate family picture so far.
The charming portrait, taken in October in the garden at Kensington Palace, pictures the Cambridges together for the first time and will be used on the family Christmas card.
It was released as it emerged 2½- year-old Prince George will start at a Montessori nursery next month.
He is seen in the photo grinning broadly beside sister Princess Charlotte, now seven months old, as the smiling Duke and Duchess look on.
He described it as a “very normal family portrait, frenetic and rushed”.
Chris added: “George was holding a little toy train. He loved pulling it around the garden. It featured in most of the shots, including this one.
“You can’t really ask the future King to put down his toy train!”
This was the first time George was seen after his starring appearance in his little sister Charlotte’s christening in July. His royal cuteness was seated next to his mother, Duchess Catherine as the 31-year-old Prince sat in the front of the auto. Members of the royal family today marked the start of Christmas festivities with a traditional lunch at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. Prince William may have been absent due to his work as East Anglian Ambulance pilot. The royal couple, following in the middle class steps of the Middleton’s, released a private, candid shot of themselves as their Christmas card to friends and rellies showing them looking remarkably relaxed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to send Prince George to a Montessori nursery school in Norfolk starting next month. The nursery says it looks forward to welcoming George. “I think George will be extremely bouncy this year because he’s suddenly worked out what Christmas is all about”. Other guests in attendance included the Prince of Wales, former England rugby player Mike Tindall and wife Zara Phillips and Princess Eugenie. Prince Charles and Camilla were among the last to arrive at the 1pm lunch.