In news that’s set to make the most avid of royal fans feel a little bit old, today is Prince George’s 8th birthday! And to mark the milestone moment, Prince William and Kate Middleton posted an adorable new photo on their Instagram yesterday to celebrate the occasion.
“Turning eight(!) tomorrow,” the caption read. In the new photo, George beams at the camera while sitting on top of a car in the countryside. The birthday snaps were captured by Kate herself while the family were together this week.
We’ve been seeing a lot of the 8-year-old in recent months. At the end of June, Prince George accompanied his parents to cheer on England’s national soccer team as they defeated Germany’s team in the EURO soccer semi-finals match. Dressed in a suit and tie combo which matched with dad William, many were quick to point out just how similar father and son had become.
The next week, the enthusiastic soccer fan suited up yet again as he watched Italy’s team defeat his beloved English team in a nail-biting grand final match at Wembley Stadium in London. The first child of William and Kate, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (and his gorgeous chubby cheeks) was born on July 22nd, 2013.
It’s been a jam-packed eight years for the charming royal, who in his short time has become a loving big brother to Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, a fashion icon, and perhaps the world’s favorite royal thanks to his huge range of sweet faces.
In 2014, George travelled to Australia and New Zealand with his parents on his first official royal tour. He’s since joined his mom and dad on trips to Canada, Poland, and Germany.
The early years of his childhood were spent at the Cambridge’s country estate, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England before they moved back to Kensington Palace in London full time. For the majority of 2020 during lockdown, Prince George isolated with his family back at Anmer Hall.
Prince George currently attends Thomas’s Battersea Prep School in London and while his parents will eventually show him the ropes for his future role as the King of England, for now, they are determined for him to have as normal of a childhood as possible.
“There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in the world. But right now, it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing him as much love as I can as a father,” Prince William has previously explained. “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there.”
Happy birthday Prince George!
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