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Kate and William’s ski holiday photos melt hearts

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Posted at 7:46 AM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 07:46:46-05

Prince William was pelted with snowballs by his wife, Kate Middleton, on their first holiday as a family of four earlier this week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with children Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 10 months, were seen frolicking in the French Alps in photos by Press Association photographer John Stillwell.

Stillwell was the sole photographer invited to join the royals on their short holiday, in a secret location in the Alps.

The royal couple is shown laughing and throwing fistfuls of snow at each other — with William bearing the brunt of a snowball to the face.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family, enjoying a short skiing holiday with their children in the French Alps. This is their first holiday as a family of four and they are pleased they to be able to share it. They hope people enjoy the photos

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He quickly regains his composure, happily wrestling with the Duchess and knocking another snowball out of her hand.

The vacation also marked another first: It was the first time Prince George and Princess Charlotte had ever played in the snow, according to a tweet from Kensington Palace.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family, enjoying a short skiing holiday with their children in the French Alps. The Duke and Duchess invited the Press Association's Royal Photographer John Stillwell to take the photographs earlier in the week. This was their first holiday as a family of four and the first time either of the children had played in the snow. It was very special and fun short holiday for the family, and they are grateful that John Stillwell was able to capture the moment so well.

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The Duke and Duchess are both avid skiers, and news of their budding relationship first splashed across British tabloids back in 2004, after they were pictured hitting the slopes at the Swiss resort of Klosters.

At the time, the Sun newspaper published the images with the headline “Will gets a girl” — a story Buckingham Palace was reportedly “very unhappy with.”

Fast forward to 2016, and the couple are again pictured messing about in the snow — though this time, it’s on their own terms.