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Downing Street has released Boris and Carrie Johnson’s official Christmas card for the second year in a row, featuring a photo of their dog Dilyn, but not their son.

No10 today released images of Prime Minister and wife Carrie’s festive greeting card that will be sent to world leaders, embassies and other influential groups.

The front of the card features an image of their Jack Russell cross playing in the snow in the Downing Street yard.

Dilyn also had the honor of being on last year’s card when pictured with green tinsel around his neck as he gazed into the distance outside No10’s famous black door.

The back of this year’s card features an artwork by a pupil at a school in Mr Johnson’s West London constituency.

The reverse design of this year's map features a design by student Tejinder Virdee of Uxbridge College in Mr Johnson's West London constituency

Downing Street has released Boris and Carrie Johnson’s official Christmas card for the second year in a row, featuring a photo of their dog Dilyn, but not their son.

More than 7,000 of the cards have been issued to be sent to world leaders, embassies and other influential groups

More than 7,000 of the cards have been issued to be sent to world leaders, embassies and other influential groups

But neither the prime minister, his wife, nor his son Wilfred, now 19 months old, are depicted on the personalized card.

And little Wilfred’s name wasn’t next to his parents’ signatures on the card.

Mr Johnson’s pick for 2021 and last year contrasted sharply with many of his predecessors, including Tony Blair and David Cameron, who put themselves and their – human – loved ones in the spotlight.

The Camerons’ 2008 map featured David and Samantha with their children Nancy, four, Arthur, two, and six-year-old Ivan, who died tragically the following year.

Dilyn was also the star of last year's Christmas card, after Mr. Johnson seemed to prefer his dog over his new son Wilfred to front the greeting.  Past Prime Ministers have traditionally used family photos on their card covers

Dilyn was also the star of last year’s Christmas card, after Mr. Johnson seemed to prefer his dog over his new son Wilfred to front the greeting. Past Prime Ministers have traditionally used family photos on their card covers

Wilfred, the prime minister's 19-month-old son, was conspicuously absent from the personalized card for the second year in a row.  Mr Johnson and Mrs Symonds are believed to be determined to prevent their newborn baby from becoming a 'public figure'.  In the photo: Boris Johnson and son Wilfred at Peppa Pig World

Wilfred, the prime minister’s 19-month-old son, was noticeably absent from the personalized card for the second year in a row. Mr Johnson and Mrs Symonds are believed to be determined to prevent their newborn baby from becoming a ‘public figure’. In the photo: Boris Johnson and son Wilfred at Peppa Pig World

In 1998, Tony and Cherie Blair’s cards featured Euan, 14, Nicky, 13, and Katherine, 10.

Mr Johnson and Mrs Symonds are believed to be determined to prevent their newborn baby from becoming a ‘public figure’.

The image of Dilyn on the cover of the card is said to be part of a set from a controversial photo shoot earlier this year.

The photo was taken in cold February weather by Pippa Fowles, one of three photographers from Downing St, as part of an ‘Instagram-esque’ photo shoot for Dilyn.

At the time, this raised questions about the work of No10’s press operation as a taxpayer-funded personal vanity project.

Mr Johnson's pick for 2021 and last year contrasts with many of his predecessors.  Pictured: 1998 - Tony and Cherie Blair's card, including their children Euan (left), 14, Nicky (right), 13 and Kathryn (front), 10

Mr Johnson’s pick for 2021 and last year contrasts with many of his predecessors. Pictured: 1998 – Tony and Cherie Blair’s card, including their children Euan (left), 14, Nicky (right), 13 and Kathryn (front), 10

2008 - David and Samantha Cameron's Christmas card, depicting their children Nancy, Arthur and Ivan, who have died tragically

2008 – David and Samantha Cameron’s Christmas card, depicting their children Nancy, Arthur and Ivan, who have died tragically

The government was forced to defend the photos, saying the photographers were taking photos “not just of the prime minister, but of the entire cabinet.”

Ms Fowles, who is reportedly seconded to the Ministry of Defence, is working with the Prime Minister’s personal photographer Andrew Parsons, who works part-time as a special adviser for the equivalent of £100,000 a year.

Just a day before the photo was released, another No10 photographer posted a candid photo he had taken of Larry the cat, Downing Street’s head mouse, on a bookcase under a portrait of the Queen.

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner criticized the photo shoots, saying: “The public will rightly wonder why there is apparently no limit to the money that can be found to pay a clique of vanity photographers for the Prime Minister.”

The February photo shoot of Dilyn the dog raised questions about the work of No10's press operation, which has been described as a personal vanity project

The February photo shoot of Dilyn the dog raised questions about the work of No10’s press operation, which has been described as a personal vanity project

The image on the card is believed to have been taken back in cold February weather by Pippa Fowles, one of three photographers from Downing St, as part of an 'Instagram-esque' photo shoot for Dilyn (photo, another of the photos taken in February)

The image on the card is believed to have been taken back in cold February weather by Pippa Fowles, one of three photographers from Downing St, as part of an ‘Instagram-esque’ photo shoot for Dilyn (photo, another of the photos taken in February)

The reverse design of this year’s map features a design by student Tejinder Virdee of Uxbridge College in Mr Johnson’s West London constituency.

Tejinder’s watercolor and acrylic artwork of the No10 front door was chosen from 15 designs submitted by art, design and media students at the college.

A No10 spokesperson said the designs were “intended to reflect the College’s great diversity and commitment to British values”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘A big thank you to the students at Uxbridge College for their brilliant artwork for the Downing Street Christmas card.

‘I want to thank Tejinder and all the students who participated for their beautiful designs.’

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