A Christmas photo taken by the Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children appears to have suffered a Photoshop failure.
At the weekend, Prince William and Kate, both 41, released a casual family photo with the little ones wearing matching white T-shirts which will be on the front of their festive card this year.
The monochrome photo shows the royal couple smiling alongside their children Prince George, ten, Prince Louis, five, and Princess Charlotte, eight, sitting in a chair at the front of the group, with Louis’ hand on his arm.
But in an apparent failure of editing, Lewis appears to be missing the middle finger on his left hand.
Now, social media users have noticed the error, and some have even found more discrepancies.
The error appears to have gone unnoticed by the Wells family as it was posted to fans via their official X account, formerly called Twitter, over the weekend.
Likewise, thousands of royal fans who praised the intimate family photo also failed to acknowledge the obvious error.
However, eagle-eyed onlookers took to the X to inquire about the photo. Someone asked: What happened to Louis’ middle finger?
Another added: “Forget the missing shoelace, I’m more worried about Louis’ missing finger.”
A third wrote: “Louis lost his finger; This has to be the worst photoshopped photo ever.’
Another said: “Louis is missing a finger and Charlotte’s left hand looks very long.”
A fifth added: “Although it is a beautiful family photo, as soon as I looked at it, I noticed Louis’ hand.” He’s missing a finger. This made me look more closely. His right leg appears swollen. Where is William’s thigh? Where is Kate’s other foot?
The photo, taken by Josh Shiner, shows the family wearing matching casual shirts — George wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo number — with William and the boys wearing dark pants. Kate and Charlotte chose jeans.
Meanwhile, the King and Queen have chosen to have a coronation photo taken at Buckingham Palace to decorate their festive card, which will be sent to friends, family and colleagues.
The official photo, which shows Charles and Camilla in the palace’s throne room after the ceremony in May, was taken by photographer Hugo Bernand, who captured a photo of the couple standing side by side.
Charles wears the Imperial State Crown, while Camilla wears Queen Mary’s Crown. The king was also depicted wearing the coronation jacket and estate robe.
This robe, made of purple silk velvet embroidered with gold, was worn by King George VI in 1937.
The Queen wears her own robe made by Ede and Ravenscroft and designed and hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. She also wears a coronation dress designed by Bruce Oldfield.
This is the couple’s second Christmas card since Charles became king last year, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The first card of his reign included a portrait of the King and Queen at the Braemar Games in Scotland on 3 September, five days before his mother’s death, when he was still the Prince of Wales.
William, Kate and their children were photographed in Windsor earlier this year by renowned photographer Shiner.
This year’s card, while less formal than the King’s, shows more restraint than some of the season’s greetings issued previously.
William and Kate’s first card as Prince and Princess of Wales was a relief – showing the pair with George, Charlotte and Louis, all wearing sneakers, on a stroll at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk.
It was photographed by one of her favorite and most trusted photographers, Matt Porteous – and showed Kate relaxing in jeans, an embroidered anglaise shirt and Superga shoes.
William and George wore Ralph Lauren T-shirts and polo shirts, while the Prince of Wales opted for jeans and George and Louis both wore chino shorts. Charlotte wore a denim jumpsuit with strawberry embellishments.
Previous cards issued during their tenure as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were similarly relaxed and often poignant, such as their 2018 card, in which they sat on a tree stump at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
It is also a continuation of the tradition of relaxed, ceremonial greetings by the Prince of Wales – and the cards issued by Charles and Diana were similarly informal affairs.
With its delicate background, this year’s card bears a remarkable resemblance to the one issued by Charles and Diana in 1984 – with a cheeky Prince William and a diminutive Prince Harry, who was born in September of that year.
The coronation of Charles and Camilla at Westminster Abbey earlier this year was followed by a weekend of celebrations.
The couple headed to the palace balcony to watch the crowds, and were joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales, their children, the coronation pages and the ladies in attendance.
The event brought together around 100 heads of state, kings and queens from around the world, as well as celebrities, everyday heroes and the couple’s family and friends.
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