Kate Middleton in Never-Seen-Before Family Picture with Prince William and Prince George

November 26, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kate Middleton is featured in a family portrait with husband Prince William and son Prince George, which has been circulating on social media services over the past couple days.

The portrait shows a smiling Kate holding a smiling George, with a happy William right behind them.

Sources told the Daily Mail that the picture was taken by photographer Jason Bell in March at the same time a series of official pictures, and was commissioned as a thank you to people involved in their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The picture was first shared anonymously on a photo sharing website.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on during a visit to the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on during a visit to the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

The photo is in a frame embossed with William and Kate’s cyphers and featuring their signatures underneath. 

“I can confirm it is a photo the Duke and Duchess used as official gifts on their tour to New Zealand and Australia. It was taken by Jason Bell before the tour,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said, noting that members of the royal family often send photographs of themselves as gifts to people.

The family’s trip to Australia and New Zealand included a stop in Wellington during which the young prince interacted with other babies at a play date, and visited a number of areas in Australia including Ayers Rock.

The royals are currently planning a December trip to New York City, although they’ll leave George behind this time.

 

 

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