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At Long Last, the Royal Family Christmas Card Is Here

It's here! Take a peek at Kate, William & kiddos' 2017 holiday card

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — especially across the pond, because unto us is born this day in the city of London... the royal family Christmas card. Vanity Fair reports Kensington Palace released an image of the family card of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, on Twitter, giving the entire world a peek at some very royal holiday cheer.

The magazine notes that this year's card is a step up from last year's in terms of formality. Previously, Kate and William used a candid shot taken from a royal trip to Canada, but it looks like Prince George and little Princess Charlotte had to — at least were old enough to — pose for a formal portrait this year. At ages 4 and 2, respectively, it looks like they're both past the squirmy, fussy stages and are ready for their close-ups.

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E! News adds that the royals are feeling a bit blue this holiday season, perhaps in an homage to another king: Elvis Presley. Chris Jackson, the photographer, shared the photo on his own Twitter timeline, saying, "Delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to use this family portrait I shot as their Christmas Card this year."

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This will be the last time the royals send out a Christmas card with just a party of four. Next year, the photo will most likely include Kate and William's new addition, who is expected to arrive this coming April.

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the family in more ways than one. In addition to a new sibling, Princess Charlotte is about to start her studies at Willcocks Nursery School, and George enrolled in Thomas’s Battersea back in September. And without even considering a certain royal wedding that's in the works, it looks like the family has plenty to celebrate.

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