Prince William's official Christmas photo greeting for key people he wanted to thank reveals a happy family portrait.
Christmas is right around the corner and with it, its many traditions. For instance, people will send out family Christmas cards wishing their near and dear ones. Family homes will put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with their favorite ornaments. The bright lights, traditional recipes, and the warmth of a close-knit family will remind us of all the things we are joyful and grateful about.
The British royal family is no different and they too send out family portrait cards to important people every year, which includes their healthcare workers. One such worker shared the card they received from Prince William online and the beautiful family portrait will warm your heart. The Cambridges look like a lovely and healthy family. The laughter on the face of Prince Louis, who is the youngest of the three children, shows that theirs is a close-knit family. He seems to truly enjoy being photographed while his older siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who is the eldest, look a little more somber.
Prince William also looks mid-laugh while Kate Middleton is more poised, something her daughter and eldest son emulate, perhaps. The card is addressed "To all the amazing NHS staff," with the message: "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year," according to Mirror UK.
It's not known when or where the photo was taken and it has not been released by Kensington Palace. However, the family spent most of their time during the lockdown in their Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk. Their previous Christmas cards too had pictures of the family while they were at Anmer Hall. In the 2019 photo, the Cambridges posed on a vintage motorbike and sidecar.
This year's photo makes a special revelation about their family. Body language expert Judi James told Daily Mail that not only does the photo reveal something obvious, like how the family of five is close, but also that Middleton is the "backbone" of this unit. She puts an arm around her daughter and that shows that she wants her to be included and protected. Meanwhile, Prince George's shy smile reveals his special bond with his father. After all, the two of them are future kings and may have been spending more time together to educate the young prince about his future.
"This pose signals the tightest family unit, with the earthy, woody tones of their background and outfits hinting that William and Kate might be happiest in the kind of natural, simple environment that they opted for when they were first married and went to live in Anglesey in simpler, non-sumptuous surroundings," James said. "It suggests a lack of change from the couple since the idyllic and more private days of their marriage. The confident body language signals in this group pose come from one end, with both Kate and Charlotte sitting upright, throwing direct and almost (in Charlotte's case) challenging eye-gazes at the camera. This level gaze looks the most royal, too. Kate looks like the undisputed backbone of the family unit," she added.
James further adds Middleton has the outside edge of her eyebrow raised, and it looks like this facial expression of ironic amusement might be because the photographer is trying to make her children laugh. "William seems to acknowledge that his wife is his rock here, leaning in towards her, wearing a smile that involves a tight top lip and puckering of the brows at the bridge of the nose to suggest suppressed delight at being a supporter and back-seat protector of his family group," said James.
Charlotte is mirroring the adults' facial expressions with her "asymmetric smile" instead of showing the childlike amusement that Louis has. This shows that the young princess is her "own person" now. She is "sitting happily to the side of the pose with her hands and arms splayed to hint she's getting keen to explore and have adventures by herself."