Prince William’s Christmas card with Kate ‘makes history’, says royal expert

This year's royal Christmas card from the Cambridge family is historic for one reason – Prince William became the first royal in history to wear shorts in an official photo.

The lovely family pic feature William, wife Kate and the royal children sitting on a fur rug, and some fluffy furniture – as well as a giant golden ball – outdoors in Jordan – where they had gone for a pre-Christmas holiday.

And our favourite royal expert, Daniela Elser commented on the historic photo, claiming that it could be a sign of the way the couple plan to take the monarchy forward into the future.

She said, writing for news.com.au: “What this card really signals is the extent to which they intend to do things their own way and if that means seeing the one-day King William IV’s pasty gams, then so be it.

“William and Kate might be inexorably making their way towards the throne but the message that is increasingly coming across is that they intend to do it on their own terms.

“While Kensington Palace has revealed the country where this shot was taken they have not divulged a single skerrick about where in the Middle Eastern nation the family was, when they were there or even what they were doing so far away from their SWI postcode.

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“They were spied at Heathrow in October, with speculation they were off on an overseas jaunt at the time, and that could have been when this family excursion took place, but that is a guess at best.”

The royal's have yet to confirm where they will be spending the Christmas period – once they return from Jordan – but it is likely to be following the usual traditions of a family gathering at Sandringham, with a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church.

There are rumours that Prince Charles will give this year's royal television address should The Queen be unable to do so due to her failing health, but that has not been confirmed nor denied by royal sources.

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