Royals the picture of happiness in new photo released for Christmas
A touching family photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children has been released by the royal couple.
It shows a smiling William and Kate with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Kensington Palace's garden.
The picture was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf, who 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 it and I am honoured the Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public."
The photograph will be used on the royals' official Christmas card, which will be sent to organisations and individuals they are associated with.
In the image a red toy train can be seen at the feet of the foursome in the grass, likely to be one of George's favourites. It was produced by the family-run firm Orange Tree Toys. A spokeswoman for the company, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: "We're delighted that George has one of our trains in his toy chest."
The photo was published as a nursery expert said either William or Kate could join their son for his first day at nursery school so they can get to know the environment and the staff.
Claire Schofield from the National Day Nurseries Association added: "George will be just over two-and-a-half when he starts, and at that age it's all about free play.
"He's had nannies so he's used to being with other people, but being at nursery will be very different for him because he'll be socialising with all the other children. Most nurseries invite new starters to play with a parent, and then on their own, a few times before their first day at nursery."