By Daily Mail Reporter

Fury: David and Victoria Beckham have been left furious after a Christmas card they sent to journalists, showing their four children half-naked in bed, was leaked online

David and Victoria Beckham have been left furious after a Christmas card featuring their four children half-naked was leaked online.

The celebrity couple had sent the photograph, which featured their three sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, as well as their five-month-old daughter Harper, as a holiday card to a select band of journalists, magazine and newspaper editors worldwide.

However, once it emerged the card had been leaked, MailOnline complied with a request from the couple's spokesman to remove the picture from our website.

A picture of the card was first posted on Twitter yesterday by Senior Fashion News Director of Teen Vogue magazine, Jane Keltner De Valle, who accompanied it with the caption: 'Cutest thing about @victoriabeckham's xmas card? Photo cred on back that reads "Picture by Daddy".'

It was then picked up by Australian gossip website Popsugar, who ran it alongside a selection of other celebrity Christmas cards.

This morning, a picture of the card was then shared by the editor of Glamour magazine UK, Jo Elvin.

However, shortly after tweeting the shot, Elvin removed it and apologised for posting it on the micro blogging site.

Home again: Victoria was seen carrying a baby bottle as she and the family arrived at Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles last week

Multitasking: David was seen carrying baby Harper as trendy Romeo walked ahead to the waiting car

She wrote: 'I should point out, the Christmas card from the Beckhams is NOT for publication. It was private. My bad. Sorry, got swept up in adorableness.'

The picture was also then picked up by celebrity snapper Darryn Lyons' company Mr Paparazzi.

However, it really should come as no surprise to one of the world's most famous celebrity couples, that a Christmas card distributed to journalists, should be leaked.

Both of the Beckhams are users of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook and post updates to fans regularly.

However, on this occasion, the intimate shot taken by father David, which shows his sons and a giggling Harper without their tops, caused the pair to take such a guarded stance on this occasion.

David and Victoria arrived in England from Los Angeles last week to spend Christmas with their families.

Boys' night out: David took sons Romeo and Brooklyn to the Military Awards at The Imperial War Museum on Monday night while Victoria stayed at home with Harper

Victoria was spotted clutching a baby bottle as the family made their way home from Heathrow Airport after the long flight.

The pair are thought to have chosen to spend the festive holiday with their brood at their Hertfordshire home, dubbed Beckingham Palace by fans.

It has also been claimed that Victoria spent a staggering £35,000 on trees and baubles from London department store Fortnum and Mason to make the house as festive as possible.

A source told the Daily Mirror: 'Victoria wanted the best of everything and liaised with the store ­directly to organise ­decorations. She seemed really ­excited about Christmas, knew what she ­wanted and was very specific.

'She ordered silver and glass decorations only, covering all six of the trees throughout the main rooms of the house and lots of decorations for the hallways. The trees are decorated in the same style as the trees in the London store’s "silver room".

'David and Victoria love ­everything about the festive season and wanted everything just right for their three boys and, of course, for ­Harper’s first ­family Christmas.'

On Monday night David took sons Brooklyn and Romeo to the Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum while Victoria stayed at home with little Harper.

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