William and Kate flew with George and Charlotte to an undisclosed location in the French Alps last Wednesday. It is thought they took a private jet due to timings and the fact there were no reported sightings from an airport. The photos were released this morning, hours after the family's return to ensure they could enjoy the break in private.
The couple decided to invite Press Association photographer John Stillwell to take portraits of the family. Mr Stillwell is an excellent photographer - one the Cambridges clearly feel comfortable with. He took Prince George's first official birthday portraits at the Natural History Museum and official photographs of Prince Harry in Afghanistan.
Kensington Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photos of their family enjoying a short ski break. The Duke and Duchess hope people enjoy these photos."
We had presumed we wouldn't see new photos for Mother's Day; the timing for the release of these was perfect. It's lovely to see informal shots of the family together and William and Kate having fun in the snow. These are some of my favourite shots of the Cambridges. Inviting one photographer along and releasing the photos upon return may be a fantastic way to compromise should they wish to release holiday snaps now and again.
It was very much expected the Cambridges were planning to take a break when they missed the annual Mustique holiday with the Middletons in January. William and Kate have always loved skiing and photos from their days on the slopes were a firm favourite during the early years of their relationship. Perhaps it's the beginning of a new tradition with their own children?
A fabulous shot of William holding Charlotte. Look at that face :)
The Palace also revealed it's the first time either of the children have played in the snow. Both George and Charlotte appear to be having a wonderful time and both look absolutely adorable.
Kate's had her white ski jacket by E + O for a decade. Her ski pants are by the same brand and are another piece she's had in her closet for years. Below we see the Duchess wearing both pieces on a 2012 holiday to Méribel.
Another look at Kate wearing the jacket in 2009.
Monique Jessen identified Kate's hat as the Esiber Pompon Alwin navy hat. It retails for $60.
Kate's boots are the Sorel 1964 Pac 2 style (with thanks to What Kate Wore).
Kate's mittens are by Restelli (with thanks to Anna and Books, Birkins & Beauty). Kate's are a past season pair she wore on previous ski trips. There's many similar pairs available on their website.
Kate completed the look with her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings.
Princess Charlotte was cute as a button in white like her mother. The Princess wore the £28 John Lewis Baby Wadded Snowsuit. It features cute ears on the hood and a cosy faux fur trim. Finished with a button through front for easy on and off. Charlotte wore a pretty pink hat and Emu Australia Platinum Baby Booties (with thanks to Prince George Pieces).
Big brother Prince George looked adorable in his snowsuit by high street retailer Mountain Warehouse. The £25 navy suit is described: "Pockets as well as adjustable and elasticated cuffs, ankles and waist makes this a great practical and weatherproof garment, ideal for fun in the snow."