The Royal Family’s Christmas Card Photo Is So Perfect I’m Suspicious It Isn’t Real

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It’s Christmas card season, which means families are sending out posed photos of themselves wearing nice clothes that got ruined or ripped off immediately after the camera flashed, along with a note full of lies and exaggerations about how great life has been this year, leaving out their teenage son’s arrest and Mommy finding out Daddy is cheating on her.

But none of that applies to the royal family, of course. Kensington Palace has released William and Kate’s Christmas card photo for 2015, and much like fellow Brit Mary Poppins, it’s practically perfect in every way. So perfect that I’m beginning to suspect it’s just a hyperrealistic painting. I’m also starting to suspect that the royals themselves are just hyperrealistic paintings, walking around pretending to be real people using the latest painting-to-life technology. You never know.

According to E! News, the palace released a statement saying the Duke and Duchess “are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four.” Based on the above photo, it’ll be cutest damn Christmas anyone ever had.

Can we talk about how Princess Charlotte is smiling directly at the camera? Or how Prince George is modeling those socks? (Also how much he looks like William, because wowowow.) What about how effortlessly Kate is pulling off what looks like a very uncomfortable pose? And don’t forget William gazing at his family adoringly. And the toy train on the grass! And the leaves! Did someone just put a bunch of J.Crew catalogs in a blender and come up with this? It’s unreal!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Kardashians have decided not to release a family Christmas card this year, just like last year. They knew they could never compete with this perfection, no matter how much Jennifer Lawrence compares them to royalty.

(Photo: Chris Jelf /Kensington Palace via Getty Images)