Tousle-haired and laughing, Prince George simply couldn’t look happier in the official photograph released to celebrate his ninth birthday today.
The picture was taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, on a family trip to a UK beach earlier this month after George and his siblings, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, broke up from school.
George and his sister Charlotte have now left Thomas’ Battersea Prep School in south-west London and will be starting a new coeducational prep school in Berkshire this September, along with their younger brother Louis.
The Cambridges will be embarking on a new life in the county, moving to Adelaide Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate in the next few weeks in order to settle down before the start of the academic year.
George – who posed in a polo-style top with a sandy shoreline and water behind him in his birthday snap – is said to be growing up into a happy, polite and contented boy who is ‘obsessed’ by football and loves being out and about in the fresh air.
Tousle-haired and laughing, Prince George simply couldn’t look happier in the official photograph released to celebrate his ninth birthday today (pictured)
A picture of Prince George, just before turning one years old, alongside his parents during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in July 2014. The image was released to mark his first birthday
Prince George was photographed grinning in his official portrait for his fifth birthday, pictured left. Meanwhile, he appeared this summer at the Wimbledon Men’s Finals alongside his parents
He’s also undertaken several public engagements of late – including a visit to the Wimbledon Men’s Finals – as part of a very gradual introduction to public life.
His eventful few months included appearances with his siblings during the extended June bank holiday weekend that celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The young royals were seen on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the Trooping the Colour ceremony when they watched the fly-past of aircraft, then sat in the royal box with their parents during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
When attending the men’s Wimbledon tennis final with his parents this summer, George greeted ball boys and girls as well as military personnel in the Millennium building, alongside Kate and William.
When asked about the young prince coming to Wimbledon, Kate said to her son: ‘Is this your first time? It is, isn’t it?’ to which he replied: ‘Yes.’
Kate and William stand with their children to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, during the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
George has undertaken several public engagements of late – including an appearance at the Wimbledon Men’s Finals (pictured) – as part of a very gradual introduction to public life
His eventful few months included appearances with his siblings during the extended June bank holiday weekend that celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Pictured, George with his great-grandmother, the Queen on June 5, 2022
George was also asked who he was going to support and appeared too shy to answer so William looked at him and whispered ‘Djokovic’ before adding: ‘We’ll see how long it lasts. He’ll support the winner.’ The young prince later held the trophy won by Novak Djokovic.
Friends say William and Kate are determined to bring their son up knowing and respecting the role into which he has been born but balancing that with his ability to ‘just be a kid’.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s move to Adelaide Cottage will bring them closer to the Queen who is now in residence at Windsor Castle, as well as Kate’s family, who all live in and around Bucklebury, a short drive away.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is well known for taking pictures of her children to mark their milestones, is a keen amateur photographer.
The Cambridges (pictured is William with his three children) will be embarking on a new life in the county, moving to Adelaide Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate in the next few weeks in order to settle down before the start of the academic year
AGED 1 (left): Prince George photographed walking about in official pictures released back in 2014 to mark the young royal’s first birthday. AGED 4 (right): A grinning George poses in a photo to mark his fourth birthday in 2017
AGED 8: This photo of Prince George to mark his eighth birthday shows him sitting on an off-road vehicle synonymous with his great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh
In 2017, she accepted a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society which recognised her ‘talent and enthusiasm’.
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London at 4.24pm on July 22 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz.
He made his public debut in front of the world’s media on the hospital steps one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in his mother’s arms.
A great-grandchild to the Queen, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England if, as expected, he follows the reigns of his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and then his father, William.
Prince George’s memorable moments in photos: From wrapped in a blanket on the steps on the Lindo Wing to cheering on England at Wembley
When George was born, Kate Middleton followed in Princess Diana’s footsteps and stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary hospital for the first time – which she has continued to do for the birth of all her children. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince George on 23 July 2013
Striped delight! Prince George photographed walking about in official pictures released back in 2014 to mark the young royal’s first birthday (left). He is pictured a few months earlier at a play group at Government House, New Zealand
Prince George – the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – donned a baby blue ensemble as he was pictured in his father Prince William’s arms during his second Trooping the Colour, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on 13 June 2015
King of the hill! Prince George, aged two, photographed taking a tumble at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015
Cautious mother Kate would make sure to cover her son’s ears with noise canceling headphones to protect his hearing when out in a particularly loud environment. Pictured, Price George on his first birthday
George is pictured with Prince William in a picture released for his second birthday. The photograph was taken in the gardens at Sandringham House and was part of the series of official photographs taken by Mario Testino following Princess Charlotte’s baptism of Princess Charlotte
During the Canada Tour of 2016, George, then three, enjoyed some downtime and was pictured smiling as he played with some bubbles at a children’s tea party at Government House in Victoria on September 29, 2016
A royal wave! George has grown to be more serious in front of the press but in 2016, aged three, he graced the media with a cute wave. Pictured, leaving from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on October 1, 2016
Merry Christmas! George held onto his father’s hand on Christmas morning 2016, while his sister Charlotte, then one and half, was carried in her mother’s arms. Pictured at Englefield on December 25, 2016
Run, George, run! As an active young boy, the prince is often photographed playing around and running just like he did at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 (pictured)
The Cambridge’s oldest children George and Charlotte were on their best behaviour when attending the christening of their younger brother Prince Louis, at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace on 9 July 2018 (left)
George put on a serious display when he attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor
George the joker! The young Prince was pictured playing tricks on his cousin Isla Phillips at St George Chapel, in Windsor, on the day of Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12 2018
Cheeky page boy! The birthday boy couldn’t contain his excitement during Princess Eugenie’s wedding in Windsor on 12 October 2018 – and was pictured with his hand over his mouth in shock
In the official Christmas card from the Cambridge family for Christmas 2018, George showed off his playful side next to a more demure Charlotte and a happy baby Louis
Fire hazard! Prince George helped his father mind a fire in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on 19 May 2019 (left), before being joined by his sister, Princess Charlotte, four (right)
Prince George and Princess Charlotte, four, playing together as they attended the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham
Prince George was captured playing with his two siblings Princess Charlotte and brother Louis during the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at the Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham on July 10 2019
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace shortly before they left for Thomas’s Battersea for her first day at the school in September 2019
Prince George has joined his family members for NHS Clap for Carers during the coronavirus lockdown from their home of Anmer Hall (pictured left, with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in March 2020)
George posed with his father, grandfather and great-grandmother for this shot of ‘Four Monarchs’ taken in January 2020
Prince George, showcased his a toothy grin and windswept blonde locks in his new birthday photographs, which were snapped by Kate Middleton,
In another image, the heir-to-the-throne can be seen beaming at his mother the Duchess of Cambridge behind the camera as she snaps a shot for his seventh birthday
George was also pictured with his parents, brother and sister in their Christmas 2020 card
Kate, 39, who is a keen amateur photographer, also share a photo of her youngsters Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis (pictured together with Prince William) for father’s day
Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, six, showed they are following in their mother’s footsteps with a love of high street fashion as they made an appearance at Sandringham at Father’s Day 2021
George, who has been described as ‘football mad’, was pictured in an England shirt ahead of the 2020 Euros this month
Prince George stole the spotlight as he joined his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to cheer on the Three Lions in the historic Euro 2020 final at Wembley this month
When he was 8! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared this sweet shot for the youngster’s eighth birthday
Prince George with his family in the Cambridge’s official Christmas photo 2021, taken on their holiday in Jordan in Autumn 2021
Prince George and Prince William visit Cardiff Castle in June for the Platinum Jubilee, it was one of his first public tours with his father
Prince George bakes with his sister Princess Charlotte and brother Prince Louis during the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations
The youngster loved every minute of the Platinum Pageant during the Platinum celebrations and couldn’t contain his excitement
An adorable photo of the Queen with her great-grandson Prince George while standing on Buckingham Palace’s balcony at the end of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations
Prince George attends the Wimbledon Men Single’s final in July with his mother and father, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge