The sweet detail you might have missed in the royal family's Christmas photo

The royal family released its Christmas cards last week and apart from being completely adorable, there is one sweet detail we all missed.

Take a closer look at Princess Charlotte. Do you recognize her sweater?

The little princess is wearing older brother Prince George’s Fina Ejerique sweater. It already had a special significance, as Charlotte wore the same outfit to pose for a photo with her new little brother,  Prince Louis.

The cardigan is particularly special for another reason too, as it was worn by Prince George in a family photo with the queen.

It was the same sweater George wore in the portrait released to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday in 2016.

The family Christmas photo shows Kate Middleton and Prince William with their three children —George, 5, Charlotte, 3, and 7-month-old Prince Louis — on the grounds of their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

George, who usually wears shorts and long socks, wore blue trousers, a ribbed sweater with red piping and Hunter Wellington boots. 

The prince’s new look sent some royal fans into a frenzy, as they pointed out the young royal may have finally graduated from only wearing shorts.

However, an etiquette expert revealed there’s a reason behind Middleton’s decision to dress her little boy in shorts.

“Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on younger boys are one of the silent class markers that we have in England,” William Hanson told Harper’s Bazaar in June. “Although times are (slowly) changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class — quite suburban.”

The last time we saw the five of them in public was for Prince Louis’s christening in July. However, photos of them with Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were released in November to commemorate the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday. 

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Look who's turning two tomorrow! #HappyBirthdayPrinceGeorge

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third birthday. They were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at their home in Norfolk in mid-July. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday."

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The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday tomorrow 🎈The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson. The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday – thank you everyone for your lovely messages 🎈 📷 @mattporteous

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year. The photograph shows The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their two children at Kensington Palace. It was taken earlier this year by @chrisjacksongetty Their Royal Highnesses have also announced this morning that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018. The Willcocks Nursery School has said: "We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of Princess Charlotte. 📷 copyright of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new photograph of Princess Charlotte to mark her second birthday tomorrow. 🎈 The photograph was taken in April by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this photograph as they celebrate Princess Charlotte's second birthday. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for all of the lovely messages they have received, and hope that everyone enjoys this photograph of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.

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‪The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace.‬ This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday.‬ ‪The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday.‬

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Wishing a happy third birthday to Princess Charlotte – thank you all for your lovely messages!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis. The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do. 📷 @mattporteous
‪The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace.‬ ‪This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April.‬ ‪The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday.‬
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.
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