Prince William, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte star in family portrait

After sharing new photos of their precious daughter Princess Charlotte last month, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton have now released a complete family portrait just in time for Christmas. The photo is only the second official portrait of the family of four.

The image, which was taken in late October in the grounds of Kensington Palace by photographer Chris Jelf, shows Prince William and Kate beaming with pride while their little ones, including two-year-old Prince George, smile for the camera. Seven-month-old Charlotte is wearing the same m&h floral dress and pink cardigan as seen in her first solo official portrait which was released at the end of November.

The Cambridges have released a family photo ahead of Christmas. Photo: © Twitter

The photo was shared on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account on Friday morning, with the caption: "A new family photo – Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

"The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four."

Unsurprisingly it quickly proved popular with royal enthusiasts who left comments about the "beautiful family" and expressed how "cute" the young royals are.

Princess Charlotte wore the same dress in her first solo official portrait. Photo: © HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Chris Jelf, the photographer chosen to take the family photo, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don't have long when there are two young children involved!

"I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that The Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public."

Royal enthusiasts may next get the opportunity to see the family together as they attend the morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate on Christmas Day. While Princess Charlotte may be too young to attend, it is hoped that Prince George may attend with his family for the first time.

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