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Kate Middleton and Prince William have an artist in the house!
On Christmas Day, the Prince and Princess of Wales, both 40, put together their Christmas wishes Twitter and Instagram with a celebratory painting of a reindeer by their eldest son, Prince George, 9.
“Merry Christmas! 🎨 by George,” read the caption for the watercolor, which depicts a reindeer in the snow with birds perched on its antlers and back.
From the late Prince Philip to King Charles III. and now George’s talent for painting is common in the royal family. The 74-year-old king is known for his watercolors, which often depict royal residences such as Balmoral Castle in Scotland and his country home, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, England. In October, a print of a painting by Charles by Balmoral was auctioned for approximately $6,500, despite being valued at approximately $675.
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The painting, which was sold with a certificate, is signed in pencil by Charles with the year 2001. It shows Balmoral, the Scottish estate where Queen Elizabeth traditionally spent her summer months with numerous visits from members of the royal family. The historic monarch died here on September 8th and immediately made her eldest son the new king.
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Earlier this year, 79 watercolors of King Charles were exhibited at the Garrison Chapel in London, marking the first full exhibition of his artwork. It featured outdoor scenes created in Scotland, France, Africa and more.
Prince George’s reindeer painting was released hours ahead of the royal family’s traditional Christmas walk to church services at Sandringham in Norfolk. George headed to St Mary Magdalene Church (on his Christmas Walk debut!) alongside his parents and younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.
They later sit down for lunch and watch King Charles’ first televised address on Christmas Day.
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Of course, Queen Elizabeth II’s absence will weigh heavily on everyone as it marks the bank holiday just months after her death in September.
“It’s going to be difficult as the Queen was all she knew, like most Britons,” a former palace official tells PEOPLE in this week’s edition.
The former Queen’s staffer added: “The first year is the most difficult as it’s always the first thing you notice.”