A sweet photo of Prince William with his children has been released to mark Father’s Day.
The picture shows the Duke of Cambridge laughing with his arms round eight-year-old Prince George and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte, while Prince Louis, four, sits on his shoulders. It was taken while the Cambridge family holidayed in Jordan last autumn.
The charming image was shot on the same day as the family photo which adorned the front of their Christmas card. It showed William sat on a gold pouffe next to Kate, with the two eldest children sitting next to them, while Louis sat on what appeared to be a sheepskin rug at his mother’s feet. The pictures were snapped during a trip to the ancient city Petra, which is one of the seven new world wonders of the world which were announced in 2007 after 100million people voted.
The UNESCO world heritage site in Jordan’s southwestern desert dates to around 300BC and was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. It contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs and features in films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mummy Returns. William and Kate know Jordan well, with Kate having spent three years of her early childhood there while her father, Michael Middleton, was a British Airways flight dispatcher whose work took him to the Middle Eastern country’s capital, Amman.
William made an official Royal visit in 2018 and said at the time: “My wife, Catherine, is very sorry she cannot be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman. “Catherine’s experience is not unique – the interchange between our two countries is real and deep: work, study, tourism and family links. “Our historic ties and friendship are played out in the lives of thousands of people who consider both countries home.”
The Father’s Day photo shows William smiling widely while the children have cheeky open-mouthed grins. The Duke and his eldest son are wearing casual, khaki-coloured outfits, while the younger children are dressed in navy and white tops. They appear in high spirits, similar to Louis’ mischievous antics at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which won the hearts of the nation.
Louis pulled faces as he sat on the laps of members of his family to watch the show. He let out a howl and clapped his hands over his ears on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday during the RAF flypast, as his “Gan Gan” the Queen sweetly told him what was happening.