Kate Middleton and Prince William’s annual Christmas card appears to suffer a Photoshop fail – leaving Louis without a middle finger

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Written By Maya Cantina

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s Christmas portrait with their three children appears to have suffered a Photoshop fail.

At the weekend, Prince William and Kate, both 41, released a casual family portrait with their children in matching white shirts that will appear on the front of their Christmas card this year.

The monochrome image shows the royal couple smiling alongside their sons Prince George, 10, Prince Louis, five, and Princess Charlotte, eight, who is seated in a chair at the front of the group, with Louis’ hand resting on the arm. 

But in an apparent editing fail, the young Princes seems to be missing the middle finger on his left hand. 

Now, social media users have noticed the error – and some have even found more inconsistencies. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s annual Christmas card image with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, appears to have a photoshop fail 

The error seemingly went unnoticed by the Wales family because it was released to the masses via their official X, formerly called Twitter, account over the weekend.

Likewise, the thousands of royal fans that praised the intimate family portrait have also failed to acknowledge the mistake.

However, eagle-eyed spectators have taken to X, formerly called Twitter, after noticing the error. One questioned: ‘What happened to Louis’ middle finger?’

A second added: ‘Forget about the missing shoelaces, I’m more worried about Louis’ missing finger.’

A third wrote: ‘Louis is missing a finger; this has got to be the worst Photoshopped pic ever.’

Another said: ‘Louis is missing a finger and Charlotte’s left hand seems too long.’

A fifth added: ‘While it’s a nice family photo, as soon as I looked at it, I noticed Louis hand. He’s missing a finger. That got me looking closer. His right leg looks swollen. Where’s William’s thigh? Where’s Kate’s other foot?’

Taken by Josh Shinner, the image shows the three men and boys dressed in matching plain shirts – George opting for a Ralph Lauren Polo number – and dark trousers, while Kate and Charlotte have swapped the trousers for denim jeans. 

The image, taken by Josh Shinner, appears to be missing one element - Prince Louis' middle finger

The image, taken by Josh Shinner, appears to be missing one element – Prince Louis’ middle finger 

Eagle-eyed royal fans took to X after spotting the editing error that left Prince Louis without a middle finger

Eagle-eyed royal fans took to X after spotting the editing error that left Prince Louis without a middle finger 

The King and Queen, meanwhile, have opted for a Coronation photograph taken at Buckingham Palace to grace their festive card, which will be sent to friends, family and colleagues.

The formal image, showing Charles and Camilla in the palace throne room following the ceremony in May, was taken by photographer Hugo Burnand who captured the couple standing side by side.

Charles wears the Imperial State Crown, while Camilla wears Queen Mary’s Crown; the King is also pictured wearing a coronation tunic and the robe of estate.

Made of purple silk velvet embroidered in gold, the robe was worn by King George VI in 1937.

The King and Queen's Christmas card is an altogether more formal affair, showing Charles and Camilla inside Buckingham Palace shortly after the coronation in May

The King and Queen’s Christmas card is an altogether more formal affair, showing Charles and Camilla inside Buckingham Palace shortly after the coronation in May

The Queen is wearing her robe of estate made by Ede and Ravenscroft and designed and hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. She also wears her coronation dress designed by Bruce Oldfield. 

It is the couple’s second Christmas card since Charles became King last year, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 2002.

The first card of his reign featured an image of the King and Queen at the Braemar Games in Scotland on September 3, five days before his mother’s death, when he was still the Prince of Wales.

William, Kate and their children photographed at Windsor earlier this year by acclaimed photographer Josh Shinner.

This year’s card, while less formal than that issued by the King, shows more restraint than some of their previously issued season’s greetings. 

The photograph was one of several taken of the King and Queen in full royal regalia on the day of the coronation (pictured: another of the series of pictures)

William and Kate’s first card as Prince and Princess of Wales was a relaxed affair – showed the couple with George, Charlotte and Louis, all in trainers, on a stroll in Sandringham Estate, Norfolk.

It was shot by one of their favourite, and most trusted, photographers, Matt Porteous – and showed a relaxed Kate in jeans, a broderie anglaise shirt and Superga pumps.

William and George wore shirts and polo shirts from Ralph Lauren, and while the Prince of Wales opted for Jeans both George and Louis were dressed in chino shorts. Charlotte wore a denim playsuit embossed with decorations of strawberries.

Previous cards issued during their tenure as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were similarly relaxed and often colourful affairs, such as their 2018 card, in which they sat on a tree trunk in Anmer Hall in Norfolk. 

It also continues a tradition of relaxed festive greetings by the Prince of Wales – cards issued by Charles and Diana were similarly informal affairs. 

With its subtle backdrop, this year’s card bears a remarkable similarity to that issued by Charles and Diana 1984 – complete with a cheeky Prince William and a tiny Prince Harry, who was born in September that year.

The crowning of Charles and Camilla and the deeply religious ceremony in Westminster Abbey earlier this year was followed by a weekend of celebrations.

The couple took to the palace balcony to see the crowds, joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and the coronation pages and Ladies in Attendance.

The event brought together around 100 heads of state, kings and queens from across the globe, celebrities, everyday heroes and family and friends of the couple.

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