oyals really know how to say "thank you" with panache — and a picture.
Fans of the Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge who wrote to congratulate them on their recent fifth wedding anniversary got a charming thank-you card in response, along with a never-seen picture of the royal couple.
We know this because one of the recipients, royal photographer Paul Ratcliffe, posted it on Twitter Wednesday, which was then picked up by every royal and Cambridge-loving website in the U.K.
“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.”
The photo shows the couple standing in what looks like a garden at Kensington Palace. She is wearing a white jacket and pleated skirt by Alberta Ferretti, according to the blogs that track her fashion. The photo was taken earlier this year by photographer Chris Jelf, who also took the Cambridge family's official Christmas portrait last year.
Another garden shot of the Cambridges, taken in October 2015 but meant for December Christmas cards. (Photo: CHRIS JELF, AFP/Getty Images)
Official portraits of the young royals are not common and some of them are never meant to be seen by a wider public; instead they're reserved for such purposes as thank-you notes.
In 2014, when the Cambridges and their son, Prince George, returned from three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, they sent thank-you notes with a picture to some of the people who hosted them on the trip. It briefly appeared on Twitter when a recipient posted it but was quickly taken down.
Source: USA Today