A handout picture issued by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on December 13, 2014 and taken in late November, one of three official Christmas images, shows Britain's Prince George of Cambridge sitting in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in London
London (AFP) - Three Christmas photos of a rosy-cheeked Prince George were released by Britain's royal family Saturday, offering a festive glimpse of the future king.
The pictures show 17-month-old George in a courtyard at Kensington Palace, where his parents, Prince William and Kate, have a London apartment.
George is wearing a jumper depicting the soldiers who guard his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace, complete with red tunics and bearskin hats.
The royal couple guard their child's privacy closely and have requested that the press let him grow up without intrusion.
While George is often photographed during official engagements, royal lawyers sent a legal warning in October to a photographer who was reportedly trying to take pictures of him with his nanny in a London park.
George is due to be joined by a brother or sister in 2015 -- Kate is pregnant with the couple's second child and expected to give birth in April.
She has been suffering from the same acute morning sickness she had while pregnant with George.
However she did accompany Prince William on a whirlwind trip to New York this week, where the couple visited the 9/11 memorial and met music stars Beyonce and Jay-Z.