Royal Cuteness: Prince George's Holiday Photos Released

Prince William and Kate Middleton released three official Christmas photos of their 16-month old son Prince George on Saturday.

In the images, the third-in-line to the British throne looks cheerful, wearing a navy sweater vest with Coldstream Guardsmen in bearskin hats and red tunics, over a long-sleeve white shirt, plus dark shorts. Knee-high socks and black shoes complete his adorable outfit.

The prince sports light blond hair and rosy, chubby cheeks. He was photographed last month, sitting on a flight of stairs in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in London. 

His attire prompted U.K.'s Sunday Times to call him, "Mummy's Little Soldier Prince" and The Sunday Express chimed in with "Little Prince Charming", according to The Associated Press.

The last time the royals released images of the prince was in July, just before his first birthday.

The release of new images ahead of Christmas is being seen as a "thank you" note of sorts to Britain's media, which have so far allowed George to grow up largely free from intrusions, according to AP.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have recently returned from a three-day trip to the United States. William and Kate, who is pregnant with their second child, spent most of their time in New York City, where they visited an education center, the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The couple also attended a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as an NBA basketball game.

William also met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Kate will not be traveling with her husband on his next official visits to Japan and China early next year as she is due in April.

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