Photographer Paul Ratcliffe kindly shared photos of a 'thank you' card he received from the Palace in response to a letter he sent congratulating William and Kate on their fifth anniversary. Mr Ratcliffe has been photographing members of the Royal family for many years, and you can see his work on his website, Royal Family Photography.
The card Mr Ratcliffe received read:
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of their 5th Wedding Anniversary. It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.”
It's great to get a good look at the joint portrait of the Cambridges. We already saw the solo portrait of Kate taken from the shoot, as it was used at the International Children's Palliative Care Network's conference with a message of support she sent. Below we see an enlarged version of the photo.
The photographs were taken by Chris Jelf earlier this year. Readers will recall Wiltshire born Mr Jelf took the Cambridges' family Christmas card photo on an autumnal day at Kensington Palace last year. I expect the new official portraits were also taken outside KP - providing a beautiful backdrop.
We've been hoping to see a new set of official portraits of the couple for some time now. Since 2011, photos from a set taken by Chris Jackson in the grounds of Clarence House - ahead of William and Kate's first joint royal tour in Canada that same year - have generally been used for official purposes and correspondence. The Duchess wore her navy Amanda Wakeley suit.
The Duchess looked stylish in a crisp white jacket and skirt for the new portraits.
Kate's ivory jacket comes from Alberta Ferretti's diffusion line, Philosophy (with many thanks to Melissa J, who shared the ID on What Kate Wore's Facebook Page).
The $695 cotton blend jacket features a rounded collar, embroidered detailing along the front and rear, a concealed snap button fastening, two pouch pockets to the front, three-quarter length sleeves, and a slim fit.
As far as we know, this is the first time the Duchess has worn a piece from Italian brand Alberta Ferretti. A firm favourite of celebrities and royals alike, everyone from Princess Madeleine of Sweden to Princess Eugenie and Chelsy Davy have sported their designs. The label is known for its romantic, whimsical, elegant collections covering a wide spectrum from print dresses to bridal looks.
The diffusion line Philosophy is a more affordable collection targeted at younger customers. There's an abundance of options for Kate in the collection which would complement her style, especially for daytime engagements. Below, the Pleated Chiffon Dress, the Chiffon and Poplin Sheath Dress and the Mixed Pattern Jacquard Dress.
It is very much thought Kate's skirt could be her Whistles Lina Dobby Skirt, first worn in Los Angeles in 2011.
Perth Fashion suggests it could also be a previously unseen piece such as the white cotton pleated skirt by Joseph. Both options are likely possibilities, but it's difficult to be certain without a full-length photo.
As demonstrated at yesterday's garden party, white, beige and cream looks very much suit Kate's skin tone and hair colour. The Alberta Ferretti jacket and pleated skirt were an excellent choice for the portrait, and hopefully we'll see the pieces again for future engagements.
What do you think of the portraits?