His mother, Kate Middleton, is known for her love of High Street bargains – and Prince George appears to be following her example as he sported a £39 polo shirt from J.Crew for his ninth birthday portrait.
The grinning youngster donned the short-sleeved garment when posing for the snap on a family trip to a UK beach earlier this month after he and his siblings, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, broke up from school.
With a smart button-up collar, the casual t-shirt added to the informal feel of the photograph, which was taken by the young royal’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40.
Tousle-haired and laughing, Prince George simply couldn’t look happier in the official photograph released to celebrate his ninth birthday today (pictured)
Prince George wore a £39 polo shirt from J.Crew (pictured) for his ninth birthday portrait
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 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.
The Queen led birthday tributes to her great-grandson George today by sharing a picture of the two together at the Jubilee celebrations.
Her Majesty’s official Royal Family Instagram account posted this morning: ‘Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!’ along with a celebratory cake emoji.
The Queen, 96, affectionately known as ‘Gan Gan’ to the young royal, shared a photograph on Instagram of the two standing together on the balcony at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall last month
The monarch’s official Royal Family Instagram account posted this morning: ‘Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!’ along with a celebratory cake emoji
It was followed by a post from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who shared an ice cream emoji and wrote: ‘Happy 9th Birthday to Prince George!’
The monarch, 96, affectionately known as ‘Gan Gan’ to the young royal, also shared a photograph of the two standing together on the balcony at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall last month.
It was followed by a post from Prince Charles, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, who shared an ice cream emoji and wrote: ‘Happy 9th Birthday to Prince George!’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his aunt and uncle, have yet to share a public birthday message with the little royal.
George has 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.
The little royal joined other members of The Firm at a number of Jubilee events last month (pictured, at Trooping the Colour)
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.’
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’.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is well known for taking pictures of her children to mark their milestones, is a keen amateur photographer.
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.