Prince George is celebrating his eighth birthday on Thursday and a brand new picture has been released to mark the occasion.
The photograph, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, shows the future king perched on the bonnet of a Land Rover Defender.
The sweet snap is thought to be a nod to Prince George’s great-grandfather, Prince Phillip, who sadly passed away in April.
The off-road vehicle is synonymous with the late Duke of Edinburgh, who regularly drove Land Rovers and who helped design the specially adapted defender which carried his coffin during his funeral earlier this year.
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George, who was born on July 22 2013, is all smiles as he is pictured beaming at Kate behind the camera in the new photograph.
The young royal is also casually dressed in a polo-style striped top and shorts – quite different to the last time we saw him earlier this month when he donned a suit to watch England in the Euro 2020 final.
The image was taken outdoors earlier this month in Norfolk, where the Cambridges have their family home, Anmer Hall, which is close to the Queen’s Sandringham residence.
The Duchess has become well known for sharing photos she has taken of her and Prince William’s three children – George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – to mark milestones their lives.
Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 4.24pm on July 22 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz.
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.
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