The Cambridges have used a cheery family holiday snap for their official Christmas card this year. The Palace released the sweet picture (shown above) on Friday the 10th of December, 2021.
The photograph shows William and Kate with their three children George, Charlotte and Louis. The five royals are sat on an assortment of objects in front of a wall of rocks. They’re wearing coordinating blue and green outfits.
The Palace released a statement alongside the picture, explaining that the Duke and Duchess are “pleased to share a new photograph of their family.” They add that the photo was taken “in Jordan earlier this year”.
It’s unclear who photographed the family of five. Unusually, Kensington Palace did not credit the photographer. This leads me to suspect it’s somebody who didn’t require attribution for their work, perhaps Kate’s parents? The Middleton family have ties to Jordan, so perhaps Carol and Mike joined the Cambridges on the trip? During her childhood, Kate lived in Jordan with her parents and sister Pippa for almost three years while her father worked for British Airways in Amman.
In 2011, in the run-up to the Royal Wedding, the Middleton family released the following photograph of Kate with her sister Pippa and father Mike. It was taken at a landmark in the country:
In 2018, Prince William conducted a state visit to Jordan, alone, shortly after the birth of Prince Louis. He spoke of Kate’s experience living in the country saying “she loved it here, she really did. She is very upset that I am coming here without her”.
Apparently, the Duchess attended an English language nursery school during her time in the country and learnt a few songs and rhymes in Arabic.
Let’s move on to the outfit/clothing portion of our post now and take a look at what Kate wore in the photo!
Kate’s outfit on the 2021 Christmas Card:
The Duchess wore a green dress with a button-down front, long sleeves (perhaps three-quarter length) and cinched waist. It appears to be printed with an intricate pattern and features a row or two of fringing. I have no further details about the garment, sadly. I’ll update the post if/when I find out more. It’s a beautiful piece though!
In Kate’s ear, I can just make out a glimmer of a gold earring—I think a hoop. She has seven or eight options in her jewellery box, but it’s pretty impossible to tell which pair she’s wearing.
Thanks to some lovely people on Twitter, I can tell you more about her gold necklace! (Thank you to Elisavet and CoutureRoyals for the following information.) Kate’s wearing a Dallah pendant on a gold chain:
A Dallah is a traditional Arabic coffee pot. In many Middle Eastern countries, it is a cultural symbol of hospitality and generosity. Above, I show you a similar Dallah necklace listed on Etsy. (Note: I’m not saying Kate is wearing this piece, I’m just showing it for comparative purposes. It’d make a fantastic ‘RepliKate‘ though!)
It looks like Kate’s owned the necklace for some time. She appears to have worn it to the Gatcombe Park Horse Trials near Tetbury, England back in 2005 (thank you to Royal Wikipedia for this information). (In case you’re wondering, the second necklace she’s wearing is the Open Heart Necklace by Lola Rose.)
Just a quick personal note: I will update this post (and the previous one) soon. Apologies for the brevity, but our very old dog has been ill this week and the prognosis is not good. We’ll be saying goodbye to him next week. I’ve not really been in the mood to write and so have just created these posts as ‘placeholders’ for now.