The Prince and Princess of Wales demonstrated the artistic abilities of Prince George.
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Prince George’s Reindeer Painting
On Christmas Day, the Prince and Princess of Wales, posted a festive painting of a reindeer by their eldest son.
“Happy Christmas!” read the caption of the watercolor painting. Which depicted a reindeer in the snow with birds perched on its antlers and back.
Painting talent runs in the royal family, from the late Prince Philip to King Charles III and now George. The King, 74, is well known for his watercolors of royal residences such as Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Highgrove in Gloucestershire, England. In October, a print of Charles’ painting of Balmoral sold at auction for around $6,500, despite its estimated value of $675.
The painting, which came with a certificate, is signed in pencil by Charles and dated 2001. It depicts Balmoral, the Scottish estate where Queen Elizabeth has traditionally spent her summer months, with numerous royal family visits. It’s also where the historic monarch died on September 8, appointing her eldest son as the new King.
King Charles’ watercolor paintings
Earlier this year, 79 of King Charles’ watercolor paintings were displayed at London’s Garrison Chapel. It featured outdoor scenes from Scotland, France, Africa, and other places.
The painting of Prince George’s reindeer was released just hours before the royal family’s traditional Christmas morning walk to church at Sandringham in Norfolk. George entered St. Mary Magdalene Church with his parents and two younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4 (in his first Christmas walk!).
Later, they’ll eat lunch and watch King Charles’ first televised Christmas Day speech.
Of course, the absence of Queen Elizabeth II will be felt by all as they celebrate the holidays just a few months after her death in September.
“It will be difficult because like most of Britain. The Queen was all they knew,” a former palace staffer tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.
“The first year is the most difficult,” says a former member of the Queen’s staff, “because it is always the first of everything that you notice.”