Kate Middleton and Prince William take George and Charlotte skiing. dung123

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their children to the French Alps for a snowy mini-break – the first time the young royal family of four have holidayed together

Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday

They may be husband and wife, but when it comes to a snowball fight there is no love lost between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate found themselves battling in the snowy setting of the French Alps when they took their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte on a short skiing break. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
The trip was the first time the family of four had been on holiday together and the Cambridges have released a series of photographs to mark the event.
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
They arrived on Wednesday night and the following day, when the pictures were taken, George had his first experience of playing in the snow. 
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
Snow flurries may have fallen outside the two-year-old’s Norfolk home Anmer Hall, but he is likely to have relished the real thing, which was metres thick on the slopes.
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
The pictures of the trip were taken by the Press Association’s veteran royal photographer John Stillwell and featured the Cambridges and their children wrapped up against the icy conditions in ski jackets and hats, with the couple sporting ski goggles.
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
William and Kate have a well-known competitive streak and the Duchess was determined to win the snowball fight with the Duke. One picture captures the moment an icy missile hits her husband in the chest. 
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
The second-in-line to the throne was not going to be caught out a second time and a few moments later an image shows him playfully grappling with his wife as he manages to knock a snowball from her hand. 
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
Charlotte is growing up fast and in another picture she is shown smiling broadly as she is held by her father, with a wintry backdrop to the image. 
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “This was their first holiday as a family of four and the first time either of the children had played in the snow.
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
“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. The Duke and Duchess hope people enjoy the photos.” 
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
Skiing is a favourite pastime of the royals with the Princess of Wales introducing sons William and Harry to the slopes almost 25 years ago.
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
Kate is also a fan of skiing and before marrying William the pair went on a number of skiing holidays together. 
Kate Middleton and Prince William take Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their first family skiing holiday
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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