British Royal Family

A throwback piece of jewellery, matching shoes and subtle PDA: All the details you missed in the Cambridges' 2021 royal Christmas card photo

There's more than meets the eye...

By Alex Lilly
Royal fans went wild this weekend when Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge released their 2021 Christmas card for fans around the world.
Alongside their very grown-up looking children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, the Cambridge family looked as picture perfect as ever.
"Delighted to share a new image of the family, which features on this year's Christmas card," the Duke and Duchess' social media accounts captioned the snap.
However, upon further inspection there are some special details that we totally missed!
The Cambridge family's 2021 Christmas card delighted fans. (Image: Kensington Palace)

A special location

It doesn't take a geography expert to notice that the backdrop to the 2021 Christmas card didn't look like their British back garden.
A statement from Kensington Palace read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, which features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in Jordan earlier this year."
Jordan is a country close to Kate's heart - as a child, the Duchess of Cambridge and her family lived in the Middle Eastern country for almost three years when her father Michael Middleton worked for British Airways in Amman.
Prince William visited Jordan in 2018 and stood in the exact spot where his wife, sister-in-law Pippa and father-in-law Michael posed for a photo back in the 1980s.
A young Kate and Pippa with their father Michael Middleton in Jordan. (Image: Getty Images)

We've seen that necklace before!

Whilst we adore Kate's khaki frock that she wore for the special snap, eagle-eyed royal fans recognised her delicate pendant necklace too.
According to fan account @2iikatehe, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Dallah (Arabian Coffee pot) pendant necklace that dates back years before she married William.
The account added that she was pictured wearing it at the 2005 Gatcombe Park Festival of British Evening horse trials when she and her now husband were dating. Aww!

George loves his army print

British royal family members have strong ties to the military and it seems Prince George is destined to follow in his relatives' footsteps if his fashion is anything to go by.
In the card, the eldest Cambridge child wears a camouflage T-shirt that's very reminiscent of the one he wore in his official seventh birthday portraits taken last year.
George may end up taking after his father Prince William and become a pilot in the Royal Air Force - while chatting with a group of British soldiers in 2018, the royal dad reportedly said: "I told George this morning we were going to see the pilots today. And he said, 'If you see a helicopter can you take a picture?'"
George loves a bit of camouflage. (Images: Kensington Palace/The Duchess of Cambridge)

Matching shoes for the siblings

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her sustainable style and penchant for re-wearing clothes, and it's a trait she's passed down to her children as well.
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis can all be seen wearing matching navy and white sneakers that have been worn on numerous outings.
We first saw Prince George wearing the style in 2018 when he went to watch his dad play polo and again in Princess Charlotte's fourth birthday portraits.
Navy and white sneakers are the ultimate royal shoe. (Images: The Duchess of Cambridge/Getty)

Mum and Dad's rare moment of PDA

Royal fans' hearts warmed when they spotted a sweet moment between the royal couple in the official photograph.
As the pair smile for the camera, William's hand rests gently on his wife's thigh and vice versa.
So in love! (Image: Kensington Palace)
It's not often that we see the royals engage in public displays of affection but since 2021 marked 10 years of wedded bliss for the duke and duchess, it made sense to show a little in their Christmas card.
In April when the two celebrated their anniversary, William and Catherine shared an adorable home video of their family playing in the countryside together.
"Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C," they wrote at the time on social media.