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Prince George looks like he grew up in new birthday photos

Kensington Palace kicked off the young royal’s celebrations on Wednesday by continuing their usual practice of posting birthday portraits a day earlier. The third heir to the throne will officially celebrate his birthday on Thursday.

New photos taken by the Duchess of Cambridge show a beaming Prince George, smiling for the camera while wearing a navy and orange collared shirt and matching navy shorts.

The photo was taken in Norfolk earlier this month, according to a Kensington Palace statement shared with HuffPost.

Duchess of Cambridge via AP

This July 2021 photo posted by Kensington Palace on July 21 shows Prince George in Norfolk, England, in a photo taken by his mother. The young royal celebrates his eight years on July 22.

George, who is the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was born at 4:24 p.m. on July 22, 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

Many believed the portraits would show George in an English bathing suit, given he wore one in his beaming birthday portraits last year:

It was also believed that the young royal would wear something England related because George did not wear a football shirt as he attended two Euro 2020 games in recent weeks alongside his parents.

Instead, the prince wore a suit and tie for matches and cheered on the Three Lions with all his might in the final:

England matches were just another glimpse of the Cambridge children, whose presence at royal engagements and social media appearances have continued to increase over the past two years and particularly during the pandemic. This is part of a new change in Kate and William’s social media presence, which includes them becoming YouTubers.

The increase in appearances means royal supporters were also able to hear the children of Cambridge speaking for the first time in a video posted to Instagram of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last October.

In the clip, George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all ask broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough questions:

Something tells us that there will be even more to come and maybe a few YouTube appearances for the children of Cambridge in the future, especially as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year approaches.

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