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Kate and William wish the world a Merry Christmas with new photo

The Prince and Princess of Wales have wished the world a Merry Christmas with the release of a new photo of Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George...READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE▶▶

The new image, shot in black and white, shows the three Wales children grinning eagerly at the camera, with Princess Charlotte in the middle with her arms around her brothers.

Posting the message on social media, the royal couple wrote: ‘Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!’

The picture was captured by photographer Josh Shinner.

Princess Charlotte sits in the middle on a wooden bench, wearing jeans and a white blouse with her blonde hair down. Her wide smile is matched by her arms, which has thrown around the shoulders of her younger siblings.

The new image was released shortly after 9am on Christmas morning by the Prince and Princess of Wales

The new image was released shortly after 9am on Christmas morning by the Prince and Princess of Wales

It comes after the family attended Kate's Christmas Carol Concert at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcast last night

It comes after the family attended Kate’s Christmas Carol Concert at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcast last night

Meanwhile Prince Louis, in shorts and a white shirt sits on the left, one leg lifted up in the air, his head turned towards his sister.

Prince George, also smiles widely at the camera, matching his sister in jeans and a white shirt.

The photograph shows a more candid side to the three royal children, with all three looking relaxed and excited to celebrate with their family this year.

It was taken by Yorkshire-born Josh Shinner, who photographed the children, alongside William and Kate, for their family’s Christmas card this year.

Shinner’s previous sitters include actresses Florence Pugh and Jodie Comer, and singer Sam Smith.

The new portrait came just hours after the family were seen at Princess Kate’s Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey.

Focusing on her early years campaign, the Together at Christmas Concert saw Prince Louis steal the show with heartwarming antics that included typical silly faces and blowing out his sister’s candle.

The Wales family are to join the King and Queen to celebrate Christmas Day alongside other members of the royal family at Sandringham.

Prince William and Princess Catherine will spend Christmas with family at Sandringham along with their three children

Prince William and Princess Catherine will spend Christmas with family at Sandringham along with their three children

Princess Charlotte and Prince George share a serious glance during the carol concert - unlike their broad grins in today's photograph

Princess Charlotte and Prince George share a serious glance during the carol concert – unlike their broad grins in today’s photograph

The private Norfolk estate will once again host the traditional royal festivities.

Charles and Camilla are expected to be joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

The King and Queen, along with the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, waved to well-wishers while attending a Christmas Eve service at the church on Sunday.

Royal Christmases traditionally feature the greeting of people outside the church, and a family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings.

Sandringham House has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs for more than 160 years, and now belongs to the King.

The new portrait came just hours after the family were seen at Princess Kate's Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey

The new portrait came just hours after the family were seen at Princess Kate’s Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey

Prince Louis stole the show at the carol concert, broadcast on Christmas Eve, before a new photo of him and his siblings was released this morning

Prince Louis stole the show at the carol concert, broadcast on Christmas Eve, before a new photo of him and his siblings was released this morning

The photo shows a more candid side to the royal children, who were on their best behaviour for the concert

The photo shows a more candid side to the royal children, who were on their best behaviour for the concert

The picture was released by William and Kate to mark this year's Christmas celebrations

The picture was released by William and Kate to mark this year’s Christmas celebrations

King Charles is set to deliver his Christmas message to the nation at 3pm on Christmas Day

King Charles is set to deliver his Christmas message to the nation at 3pm on Christmas Day

Charles’s second Christmas message as monarch will be broadcast at 3pm, and this year it was recorded in the Centre Room in Buckingham Palace which leads on to the royal residence’s iconic balcony.

The room is decorated with a living Christmas tree which will be replanted after the broadcast.

From its branches hang natural and sustainable decorations including hand-turned wood, dried oranges, glass baubles, pine cones and paper.

Charles, like Queen Elizabeth II, writes his Christmas broadcasts and last year he followed his mother’s well-established template, a personal reflection on the year, touching on current issues and with a Christian framework.

The King will give his second annual King’s speech, with a focus on the environment.

It marks a turn away from typically apolitical speeches given by his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth.

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