The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021.
The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021. The picture was taken by Alexi Lubomirski Photo: Reuters keyframe from EYEPRESS

Harry and Meghan have publicly shared the first photo of their daughter Lilibet in a Christmas card. The picture of the young family of four was released today, Thurs 23 December.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who live in California, wrote in a message on the card: “This year 2021, we welcomed our daughter Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’, and Lilibet made us a family.”

The card uses the American term ‘Happy Holidays’ rather than ‘Merry Christmas’.

Lilibet was born six months ago, on 4 June. She is seen in the photo laughing as she’s held high by her mom, whilst two-year-old Archie sits on his dad’s lap – barefoot like his father.


The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021.
The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021. The image shows Harry hugging their son Archie, as Meghan raises Lilibet into the air. PHOTO: Alexi Lubomirski/Duke and Duchess of Sussex via EYEPRESS

The photo was taken by Alexi Lubomirski this summer at the couple’s home in Santa Barbara, California.

Alexi said on Instagram: “This is one of those rare and special projects, that one is fortunate enough to be a part of. To be able to continue the story of this family whom I first photographed as an engaged couple, then on the day of their wedding, as a married couple and now seeing their love manifest into two beautiful children, has been a delightful honour.”

Alexi said that photographing love in some form or another is one of the “greatest joys I receive from photography”.

The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021.
The first picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet has been released in a Christmas card on Dec 23, 2021. The image shows Harry hugging their son Archie, as Meghan raises Lilibet into the air. The picture was taken by Alexi Lubomirski this summer at the couple’s home in Santa Barbara, California. A message on the card reads: This year 2021, we welcomed our daughter Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’, and Lilibet made us a family. Alexi Lubomirski/Duke and Duchess of Sussex via EYEPRESS

He said: “To be trusted by your subjects enough, to open themselves up and have their connection documented and translated into an image, is one of the greatest gifts a photographer can have.

“This day with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was one such joyous experience, and one that I feel extremely privileged to have been invited to capture. X”