By Emma Shacklock published
Prince William’s reported promise to Kate Middleton after the couple welcomed Prince Louis has now been fulfilled—and the Cambridges’ 2021 Christmas card captures this wonderful moment.
- The Duke of Cambridge is said to have made a very special promise during his trip to Jordan in 2018, just two months after their third child, Prince Louis, was born.
- Kate Middleton was supposedly “upset” at being unable to join him, though the family made a promised return visit together in October 2021.
- This royal news comes as the Queen shares adorable childhood throwback photo as she supports charity close to her heart.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have now released their highly-anticipated Cambridge Christmas card and it’s quite a departure from last year’s. Though some have labeled the family Christmas card “insensitive” due to its depiction of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children abroad, others excitedly pointed out Princess Charlotte’s likeness to her great-grandmother the Queen. With each of the royals opting for summery clothes, Prince William and Kate’s Christmas card snap is believed to have been taken in Jordan during their private half-term vacation.
This Middle Eastern trip was no doubt incredibly special for the Duchess, who once lived in the beautiful country as a child. Though it also reflects the fulfilment of a particularly adorable promise Prince William is said to have made to her three years ago after visiting Jordan without her.
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The Duke of Cambridge’s tour came just two months after he and Kate welcomed Prince Louis and he travelled alone whilst Kate remained in the UK on maternity leave. According to Express.co.uk, he shared at the time, “She is very upset that I am coming here without her”, before reflecting on how his wife has such “fond” memories of her time in Amman.
He reportedly disclosed that Kate “remember[s] 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,” he added, before also revealing a truly romantic promise.
Prince William declared, "We will have to bring the kids next time”.
Now three years later, the Queen’s grandchild has finally delivered on this heartfelt promise, returning to Jordan for a wonderful trip with Kate and their children. During his 2018 visit, Prince William also paid tribute to Kate by recreating a stunning Middleton family photo taken during their time living there, apparently exclaiming, “Need to come back with the family for this shot.”
Sharing his photo on social media side-by-side with the original, the caption explained, “The Duke of Cambridge visits Jerash, the same site that The Duchess of Cambridge visited, aged 4, with her sister and father when the family lived in Jordan.”
The Duke of Cambridge visits Jerash, the same site that The Duchess of Cambridge visited, aged 4, with her sister and father when the family lived in Jordan. pic.twitter.com/PMoFrr4SntJune 25, 2018
Prince William’s promise to return with his family has now been fulfilled and celebrated in adorable style with the Cambridge Christmas card photo. It’s release comes ahead of the Royal Family’s first Christmas since Prince Philip’s death and many of the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including the Cambridges, are expected to gather at Sandringham as the big day draws ever nearer.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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