The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look like a picture-perfect young modern family in the new royal portrait, so relaxed and happy as the children play in the grass.

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A new official photograph has been released of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looking relaxed, happy and, as expected, picture perfect.

The new royal portrait shows the young family sat in the grass at Kensington Palace while the children play. Family pet Lupo is running around in the background.

Norman Jean Roy photographed the family in April for GQ magazine. The July issue of the magazine features Prince William as the cover star and goes on sale from 1 June. For those who just can’t wait, a digital copy can be downloaded from 30 May.

Credit: GQ/Norman Jean Roy

Roy was born and raised in Canada and is a renowned portraitist. He has photographed some of the world’s most famous faces including George Clooney, Katherine Heigl and Serena Williams.

Mental health campaigner and former spin doctor for Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell conducted the interview with William. Kensington Palace said he “shares a common cause to tackle the taboo around mental health”.

What was the interview about?

Prince William opened up further about how he wishes his mother, Princess Diana, was still around. He said: “I would like to have had her advice. I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”

He also spoke about the importance of family to him. He said: “I could not do my job without the stability of the family. Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents.”

He added: “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”

The Prince’s affection for his family is clear in the new royal portrait. He and Kate look to be smiling and laughing, as we imagine little Prince George makes a silly face or does something funny, as most three-year-olds do! His sister, Princess Charlotte, is in the background grinning – the picture of innocence!

GQ editor Dylan Jones commented on the interview with Prince William and said: “We are enormously proud of this interview, not least because we’ve been able to bring the issues supported by Heads Together to a wider public. Alastair’s interview is complemented by pictures which we believe amplify The Duke and Duchess’s engaging determination to spearhead a different side of sovereignty.”

first royal portrait

The latest image has the same outdoorsy feel as the 2015 royal Christmas card portrait. The first picture of the family as a four showed them relaxing in the park, with autumn leaves cascading around them. We can’t help but notice, Prince George and Charlotte have grown so much since then!