Prince William, Kate and kid royals seen in new Christmas photo

This photo released by Kensington Palace on Friday Dec. 18, 2015 shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children (Chris Jelf via AP)

The royal family has released a new family photo for Christmas.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are seen in an outdoor portrait.

Kate is holding Charlotte on her knee and Prince George is standing at her side.

They also announced that George will begin attending the West Acre Montessori School Nursery in January. The nursery school is located in Norfolk, 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of London.

George is 2-and-a-half years old. The prince has been raised largely out of the public eye although he has on occasion traveled with his parents.

The nursery said it looks forward to welcoming George and said "he will get the same special experience as all of our children."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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