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Kate Middleton shares touching family photo on Xmas day as Prince William kisses Louis alongside George and Charlotte

PRINCE William gives youngest son Prince Louis a kiss on the cheek in an adorable family snap taken by wife Kate Middleton.

The new photograph was shared by the Duchess of Cambridge was released on Christmas Day .

The intimate family photo was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself
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Credit: PA:Press Association The intimate family photo was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself Credit: PA: Press Association

The black and white photo shows the Duke of Cambridge kissing their youngest child Prince Louis on the cheek, while Princess Charlotte and Prince George look towards the camera.

It comes just after Meghan Markle shared an adorable family Christmas card snap with Prince Harry and baby Archie.

The "sweetest" photo shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in fits of laughter behind their cute son.

In the latest royal snap, Wills wears a flat cap as he holds on closely to his son in the photo, which was taken by the duchess, a keen photographer, earlier this year in Norfolk.

Princess Charlotte also appears to be holding on to her younger brother as she stands behind him.

Prince George sits next to them in a chair as he cheekily smirks at the camera.

This is not the first time Kate, one of the world's most photographed people, has gone behind the lens and released her own pictures.

The duchess was named as the new patron of the Royal Photographic Society earlier this year following her flourishing passion in photography.

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A history of art graduate, the duchess has previously been praised for her photographic portraits of her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kensington Palace has often published photos taken by Kate to mark milestones in her children's lives, such as birthdays and first days at nursery.

The duchess began the tradition in 2015 when she took the first official portraits of Princess Charlotte, rather than hiring a photographer.

We also this week how The Cambridges are expected to make a “big announcement” over the next few weeks, according to a royal expert.

Speaking on ABC's Heirpod podcast royal commentator Omid Scobie said the announcement would be a “break from tradition.”

Scobie said: "Next year is going to be busy for the Cambridges.

"Expect royal announcements over the holidays, which I think is a slight break away from tradition.

"There was a briefing at Kensington Palace just this week where they gave us a number of new announcements that will be coming out over the holiday period."

In other royal news, Kate Middleton was spotted browsing kids' tights during a last minute Christmas shopping trip.

And we told you how Prince Louis has been nicknamed "mini-Kate" by royal fans who can't believe how much he looks like his mum .

Plus the Queen gives staff a Christmas pudding from Tesco every year .

Kate Middleton and Prince William are expected to make a "big announcement" over the Christmas period
Kate Middleton and Prince William are expected to make a "big announcement" over the Christmas period
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Credit: PA:Press Association The palace last year released this beautiful shot for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first Christmas card as a married couple Credit: PA: Press Association
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