Prince William and Duchess Catherine's festive greeting

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thrilled schoolchildren in London by sending them a Christmas card.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine's festive greeting

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thrilled schoolchildren in London with a Christmas card.

The students at the pre-prep Forest School in north-east London sent handwritten Christmas cards to the royal couple and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and were thrilled to receive a reply.

William and Catherine's card read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte thank the children in Squirrels and Rabbits Class at Forest School for the very kind handmade card sent at Christmas and send their best wishes for the New Year."

The children at the school - which caters for students between four and seven - were delighted with their greeting from the royals.

Master in Charge of the Pre-Preparatory, Paul Faulkner told HELLO!: "The children were very excited to receive the reply from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"We didn't expect to get a reply so quickly, but it was lovely for the children to receive it just before the Christmas break. The card will be shared with the whole school during our end of term assemblies, and as the pupils will be learning more about the Royal Family next year, it's a great way for them to learn more about them."

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