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George, Charlotte and Louis paid tribute to their father on Father's Day© The Princess of Wales

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis pen touching Father's Day message to Prince William in major first

The photo comes shortly after their appearance at Trooping the Colour

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
June 16, 2024
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The Prince of Wales looked very much like the doting father in a new family photo which was released to mark Father's Day on Sunday. 

In a candid new picture, shared by Kensington Palace hours after Trooping the Colour, Prince William was seen posing alongside his three children; Prince George, ten, Princess Charlotte, nine, and six-year-old Prince Louis

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The sweet portrait, taken in Norfolk last month by Princess Kate, shows Prince William and his children admiring the Norfolk coastline with their arms wrapped around each other. William could be seen wearing khaki shorts and a navy jumper, while George, Charlotte and Louis looked sweet wearing matching blue tops. 

Alongside the photo, a message from Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis read: "We love you, Papa. Happy Father's Day G, C & L." 

It marked the first time a message from the royal trio has been shared on Prince William and Princess Kate's social media channels.

The Prince of Wales also shared a photo of him playing football with the King. The photo of William and King Charles together in the gardens of Kensington Palace was taken on June 12 1984.

Prince William with Princess Kate, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte© Getty Images
George, Charlotte and Louis made an appearance on the royal balcony

"Happy Father's Day, Pa," the social media post, personally signed by William, said. The photo taken by the PA news agency shows an almost two-year-old William in short dungarees and a stripey blue top and the King in a grey double-breasted suit kicking a small football.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis© Shutterstock
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis joined their parents at Trooping the Colour on Saturday

The images come after the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children joined the rest of the senior royals at Trooping the Colour earlier in the day on Saturday.

Kate looked relaxed during her first day in the spotlight following her cancer diagnosis for the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Prince William and Kate Middleton looking at each other - they're joined by Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte© Chris Jackson
Prince William and Kate looked happy and relaxed

With the King also suffering from cancer, it was a rare joint public outing for the entire family after a period of uncertainty. 

Princess Kate rode to the event in a carriage with her children, while William, the Princess Royal, and the Duke of Edinburgh were on horseback.

Prince William clapping during Euro 2020 semi-final© Getty Images
William is President of the FA

It's set to be a special few weeks for Prince William, who turns 42 on 21 June. His birthday also coincides with his in-laws Michael and Carole Middleton's 44th wedding anniversary.

On the day before, the dad-of-three will attend England's second Euro 2024 match as they face Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena in Germany on 20 June.

However, it has also been an unsettling time for the Wales family of late, with Princess Kate receiving preventative chemotherapy.

The Princess of Wales has been keeping a low profile in recent months© Getty Images
The Princess of Wales has been keeping a low profile in recent months

Kate, 42, has stepped back from her royal duties as she continues with her treatment following a cancer diagnosis. The Princess underwent major abdominal surgery in January, and she later revealed during an emotional video message in March that post-operative tests showed that cancer had been present.

Her husband Prince William has been determined to make his family a priority, now more than ever, and is fitting in royal visits and engagements around the school day.

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