Given the deluge of royal news over the last 18 months, the fact that the Waleses relocated from Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace to the grounds of Windsor Great Park has largely faded into the background, but the couple’s Christmas card for 2023 is a reminder that—for William, Kate, George, Charlotte, and Louis—Berkshire is now home base. After years of releasing photographs of themselves together at Norfolk’s Anmer Hall (with the occasional holiday snap thrown in), photographer Josh Shinner was dispatched to Windsor to capture this year’s picture, which sees the Waleses posing together against a simple backdrop, dressed in coordinated white shirts and denim.
More than ever, the message is one of normalcy, the Waleses’ positioning that of a down-to-earth couple whose primary concern is giving their children as stable and healthy an upbringing as possible. They have deliberately chosen to live in the four-bedroomed Adelaide Cottage in lieu of Windsor Castle proper; they no longer have a live-in nanny in the form of Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo (although she does still work for them); and their kids are enrolled at the nearby Lambrook School in Ascot, with William and Kate doing the school run themselves each morning. If, as is widely expected, George follows in his father’s footsteps and enrolls as a boarder at Eton in a few years, the family’s move also means they’re now just 15 minutes from campus—readily available if and when the Prince should need them—while the Middletons are less than an hour away at Bucklebury Manor, poised to take on any necessary grandparent duties.