Laughter showing Prince William is set to have a VERY happy Father’s Day before he turns 40 this week: Kensington Palace releases adorable pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, taken on a family holiday in Jordan
- The radiant picture, taken during a rare family break in Jordan, shows William sitting with his three children
- The Duke of Cambridge will celebrate his 40th birthday on Tuesday as he and his wife Kate prepare for their move
- A similar picture of the Cambridges, apparently taken on the same day, was used for the family’s Christmas card
- A friend of William’s told the Daily Mail: “He just loves being a father and having a solid family around him.”
He will be 40 in a few days but this adorable picture released to celebrate Father’s Day shows that Prince William already has all the gifts he could wish for.
Taken during a family holiday in Jordan, it shows William seated between Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, now seven, with his youngest Prince Louis, now four, perched on his shoulders. He beams with satisfaction while his children roar with laughter.
William will celebrate his milestone birthday on Tuesday as he and his wife Kate prepare to announce a move to Windsor – The Mail first reported on Sunday last August.
This image differs from more recent official photographs in that it was not taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, a keen amateur photographer. Instead, Kensington Palace said the adorable portrait was taken by a private, unnamed photographer during a short holiday last autumn.
William (centre) beams with George (right), Charlotte (left) and Prince Louis (on his shoulders) in Jordan
A similar image of the Cambridges, apparently taken on the same day, showing Kate in a khaki green dress and William in an olive green shirt and beige shorts, was used for the family’s latest Christmas card.
However, this portrait offers a more informal, relaxed look at family life. Although the exact location has not been disclosed, the picturesque sandstone setting suggests it was taken in Petra, the ancient archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert.
The Cambridges have a personal connection to Jordan as Kate lived there for three years when her father Michael was transferred to the capital Amman for his job with British Airways in May 1984 when she was two and her sister Pippa eight months old.
Kate poses for a Christmas card with the kids on what appears to be the same day while on holiday in Jordan
On an official visit to the country in 2018, William described Jordan as a “beacon of hope,” adding, “My wife is very sorry that she cannot be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family can remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child.’
Ahead of his birthday, friends have spoken of the importance of his family.
One told the Daily Mail: “He just loves being a father and having a solid family around him. Having children always puts things into perspective… Whatever happens “at work”, he needs to go home and be a “normal” person for the sake of his children, which has brought him into line with the reality of his other life.’
George, Charlotte and Louis each played a central role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this month, with Louis giving his lively reactions on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to an RAF flypast and in the stands at the ‘Party at the Palace’ concert. stole the show .