The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released their Christmas family portrait on Monday, December 18. The royal couple and their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were dressed in matching blue outfits as they smiled for the camera. But there was one particular detail that caught the attention of the public’s eye: where is Kate Middleton’s right arm?
The perfect family
The 2017 Royal Christmas card was shared by the official Kensington Palace Twitter account. It was accompanied by a short statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year. The photograph was taken earlier this year by @ChrisJack_Getty at Kensington Palace.”
In the photograph, Kate Middleton is dressed in a powder blue pencil skirt and a cinched-at-the-waist feminine peplum jacket by one of her favorite designers Catherine Walker, while Prince William wore a dashing suit and blue tie. Their children looked adorable in their little outfits: Prince George wore a striped shirt and navy blue shorts, and Princess Charlotte was in a blue flowery dress and matching shoes. The 4-year-old Prince seems a bit shy as he reaches up to hold his father’s finger, but the 2-year-old Princess appears more sure of herself with her lips pursed in a sweet smile.
At first glance, the Royal family are the very image of perfection. Until you take a closer look and notice that Kate’s right arm is nowhere to be found. A detail like this was sure to be noticed by the online community and promptly blown out of proportion, as questions and theories raged on social media.
The Twittersphere exploded with billions of questions, all so far left unanswered despite the fact that Mail Online contacted Kensington Palace for a comment.
One user wrote: “The more I look at this picture the more freaked out I get that you can’t see Kate’s other arm.”
Another was wondering, “Where is Kate’s right arm? Can’t be behind the Prince because they don’t show PDA.”
Some even started a new hashtag hoping to solve this puzzle: “#WhoHasKatesArm? Has anyone seen Kate’s right arm? Did she lose it somewhere?”
While part of the Royal fans were too busy pondering one of life’s greatest mysteries, others were quick to offer their ingenious theories about the possible explanation and location of Kate’s missing limb.
One said: “I always rest my arm up the middle of my husband’s back…I imagine that’s where Kate’s is.”
Someone else was feeling quite cheeky as they offered: “Where is Kate’s other arm?!? I can’t think why there is no trace of it unless she is grabbing Wills’ bum. Which, Godspeed, obvs.”
And then there was the one who joked about starting a “petition” to recover the Duchess’s lost arm.
While the photograph does look a little bit odd, it’s almost a certainty than Kate’s arm is either behind William’s back or behind her own. So don’t go starting any searching parties just yet!