Cambridges release new family portraits for Father's Day and Prince William's birthday

Ciara Sheppard
Photo credit: Kensington Palace/Duchess of Cambridge

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Siblings Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are seen joyfully playing around with their father in newly-released family photos.

Kensington Palace released the two new family portraits, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark both Father's Day and the Duke of Cambridge's 38th birthday.

In one photo, George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, are seen laughing as they bundle on to their father's back in the grounds of their Amner Hall home in Norfolk.

Photo credit: Kensington Palace/Duchess of Cambridge

In the second, the family gathers on a swing, with Prince Louis sitting on the Duke's lap.

"The picture was taken earlier this month by The Duchess," the Palace wrote on their official Instagram.

The Duke, who turns 38 today (Sunday 21st June), is the latest in a line of royals to be celebrating their birthdays in lockdown.

The Queen celebrated her 94th birthday April and Prince Louis turned two the same month, while Princess Charlotte turned five in May and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 99th birthday earlier this month.

The Duchess, a keen photographer, shared portraits of her children to mark their birthdays, too.

It comes as the royal couple have been engaging in some royal work while practicing social distancing.

During the week, Kate and William visited independent businesses to hear how they have been impacted by the pandemic.

Prior to this, the couple revealed how they had been secretly volunteering on coronavirus crisis helplines, answering calls and text messages from struggling members of the public.

The royals made the admission during a group video call with helpline volunteers from Shout 85258 – a 24 hour text messaging service set up by the Royal Foundation – to mark its one year anniversary.

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