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Weeks later, the royal family finally releases their Christmas card

Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, and Prince William have finally released their family Christmas card — hey, better late than never, right?

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And as a serious holiday procrastinator myself (I mailed my Christmas cards the day before Christmas Eve), I feel for the royals here. Christmas is a lot of work for everyone, and especially literal royalty with a million other responsibilities to keep track of, and some kids for good measure. I’m sure William and Kate were doing something way more important than planning or sending out Christmas cards.

And OK, so they cheated a little bit on the card itself too, and used a photo that’s on Getty from their weeklong Canadian tour last fall. That’s fine. They’re busy, OK? Get off their backs.

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In the royals’ defense, the photo they chose, while not particularly festive, is completely adorable. It shows the couple, William holding their son Prince George and Kate holding Princess Charlotte, who has an armful of balloons, at a children’s party they attended in September. The kids are watching with fascinated faces as a man makes balloon animals for them, and the family is clearly having an awesome time. It’s not a traditional family Christmas portrait, but who’s judging?

Maybe the royals are setting a new trend we can all benefit from. Instead of taking holiday photos, just pick whatever relatively recent Facebook profile pic you like best. And if the cards don’t get sent out until a few weeks after the holidays? No worries. The royals did it, so it must be OK.

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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Image: Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/Getty Images

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