Beaming for the camera with his trademark cheeky smile, Prince George poses for the official photograph taken to mark his fifth birthday today.
The charming image shows the confident youngster relaxing against a wall in the back garden of Clarence House, the home of his grandfather Prince Charles.
This charming photograph of Prince George was released yesterday by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark his big day
George is wearing a £42 designer shirt and £44 navy blue shorts by fashion label Amaia Kids. Stocks are now expected to sell out.
The London-based brand, run by Spaniard Amaia Arrieta and Segolene Tresca, from France, has been a firm favourite with the Duchess since George was a baby.
In 2015, a blue Amaia Kids cardigan sold out online within hours of George being spotted wearing it to meet his newborn sister Princess Charlotte in hospital.
Prince George has every reason to be smiling this weekend, with reports that he will be celebrating with his family on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
Still Kate’s cutie, the birthday boy jumping for joy
Soldier, sportsman or clown for his cousins, like any busy five-year-old there’s really no knowing what Prince George will do next.
Since his arrival on a hot July day in 2013 the little Prince has brightened public life with his robust energy and good humour.
His confident character shines through whether he’s been written into the official Royal calendar for a Buckingham Palace balcony appearance or spotted incognito on a family outing.
Catch me if you can: The energetic young Prince expertly hurdles a barrier while playing at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire
The young prince frolics in the grounds of Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire during an energetic day out with his sister Princess Charlotte
And as he celebrates his fifth birthday today, it’s clear he’s growing up fast.
Glimpses of him remain rare as his protective parents strive to give him a peaceful and private childhood.
But the occasional happy snapshots that emerge from behind palace walls tell us a lot about the family life with his sister Charlotte, now three, and their new brother, Prince Louis, born in April.
So we know George loves dinosaurs – his favourite is the T-rex – and is fascinated by volcanoes too.
He’s clearly a crack shot with a spud gun and is a fan of films such as Paddington, The Lion King and the Lego movies.
He’s so devoted to the children’s TV show Fireman Sam that a princely visit to Pontypandy was written into its 30th anniversary episode.
He can speak a little Spanish, thanks to his Spanish nanny Maria Teresa Turion Borrallo, and enjoys fun, educational trips to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum – both conveniently located just around the corner from his London home, Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace.
That’s my boy: Kate laughs as George checks his spud gun during a jolly day out at polo last month
The dashing prince: George never sits still for long and is soon racing around to see pals. Prince Charlotte is hot on his heels
As for life skills, he’s learning to ride a horse – he’s tacked up one of Zara Tindall’s Shetland ponies for lessons in Windsor Great Park – and is sharpening his early tennis skills too.
He’s keen to master his bike but really longs to drive a police car: a toy one was top of the Christmas wish list he sent Santa last year. He has already found his mountain legs with a ski holiday to the French Alps in 2016.
And when the Cambridge family retreat to their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, George can be found cooking and gardening alongside the Duchess of Cambridge.
He leaves a sticky chaos in his wake when he’s been in the kitchen knocking up a batch of the chocolate crispy cakes he likes to eat for pudding after his dinner of pizza and pasta.
Hilarious: Prince George lets out a big laugh while hanging out with his cousin Savannah Phillips (pictured in red top)
The Duchess of Cambridge cradles a barefoot Princess Charlotte in her lap while Prince George amuses himself with a set of toy handcuffs
As for his top football team, that’s easy, it’s the same as his father’s: Aston Villa.
He’s always been an ebullient and noisy boy, and William used to say he needed matchsticks to keep his eyes open because George, as a baby and toddler, was so lively.
Today, while he can sometimes be shy in the spotlight, that characteristic is much in evidence at home.
‘George rules the roost,’ the Duke admits. ‘But Charlotte isn’t far behind!’
As he enters his sixth year, George is an increasingly polished performer at official events, but as these off-duty pictures show, he’s never far from fun and mischief either.
And that’s where his real charm lies for his millions of fans worldwide: he’s at his cutest when he’s making a right Royal rumpus.
Just when you’ve got used to a little sister, along comes Louis!
He celebrates his fifth birthday today and has perfected a winsome smile for the cameras.
But now cheeky Prince George – referred to affectionately by his father as ‘a little monkey’ – has more growing up to do as a big brother to two younger siblings.
It’s the eldest child’s prerogative to lead the others astray, and there was certainly mischief in the cherubic grin he flashed while perched on William’s knee for the official portrait in the Morning Room at Clarence House following Prince Louis’ christening.
Smiles ahead: George sports the widest of grins for Louis’ official christening portrait as he sits on his father’s knee
We are family: George, William and Charlotte follow the Duchess of Cambridge and Louis out of the Chapel Royal after the baby’s christening
There was touching hilarity, too, as he and Princess Charlotte gleefully pulled faces while watching the RAF’s 100th anniversary flypast from a side window of Buckingham Palace earlier this month.
Their giggles revealed the obvious affection between the Royal pair.
The Duchess of Cambridge says the fun-loving duo enjoy making pizza together and ‘getting their hands messy’ – and no doubt this will continue when Prince Louis is old enough to join the gang.
Rascals: George giggles as Charlotte pulls a face while they watch the RAF flypast from behind a palace side window
There is a shyness about George, however, which suggests he may be happy to – occasionally – let his siblings steal the spotlight.
Recent public engagements have seen the young Prince averting his eyes from photographers while his sister entertains the crowds with a confident wave.
It may help George to have a younger brother to further dilute the public’s gaze.
Stepping into St Mary’s Hospital to meet Louis for the first time in April, George protectively put his arms around Charlotte as the doors closed behind them.
A sign that Prince Louis, too, is in safe hands.
Shhh! This is Great-Granny’s balcony, you cheeky monkey!
As an heir to the throne, George is the undisputed boss of the most blue-blooded children’s gang in the country – but even he can’t afford to step out of line when they’re all together.
In this charming series of pictures, Savannah Phillips, the seven-year-old daughter of Peter Phillips, tries to shush George as he threatens the decorum of the Buckingham Palace balcony during last month’s Trooping the Colour.
With his parents’ attention focused skywards on the 23 aircraft of the flypast, the little Prince seized the chance to offer an unofficial commentary of his own.
He refused to quieten down, so the Queen’s eldest great-granddaughter simply stuck her hand across his mouth, breaking one Royal protocol for the sake of another.
Be quiet! Savannah tells George to calm down… then takes drastic action to silence the young rascal
You’re missing it: Mum, Dad, Charlotte and Savannah stare skywards from the balcony last month, but George seems to have mischief on his mind
The eyes have it: The Prince is wide-eyed during the display at Buckingham Palace but soon can’t contain his giggles
George bore no grudge, though: next day the pair were spotted romping happily together at a charity polo match in Gloucestershire.
George is close to Savannah and her six-year-old sister Isla, replicating the fond relationship William and Harry have always enjoyed with their cousin Peter and his sister Zara.
George also loves spending time with Zara’s eldest daughter Mia, who is four. Her father, retired England rugby player Mike Tindall, candidly described the first meeting between them when they were babies as ‘carnage’.
The couple now have another daughter, Lena, born last month, and George’s Auntie Pippa is pregnant, meaning he’ll soon be able to sign up two more members for his happy gang of chums.
2015: Prince George, propped up in his father’s arms, is transfixed by the Trooping the Colour
2016: Irrepressible little George stole the show once again during his balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace
2017: Prince George wrinkles his nose as he watches the Trooping the Colour with little sister Charlotte last year
A prince among pages…
It’s no wonder Prince George is smiling so broadly: the boy who loves soldiers and the Army got his own custom-made uniform inspired by the Blues and Royals for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May.
The grown-up black trousers with red stripe and matching three-quarter-length black frock coat were made by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner, who also made Prince Harry’s outfit.
George matched his uncle right down to the Black Russia lace on the sleeves.
The little Prince’s initials were monogrammed on to his uniform in gold, a dashing addition personally suggested by Harry.
Smiling again : Prince George, beside Meghan, poses with the happy couple and his fellow attendants. His chums are: Standing from left: Brian Mulroney, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Jasper Dyer, Ivy Mulroney, John Mulroney. Sitting from left: Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte, Florence van Cutsem
Worried look: The Prince in his military-style outfit peeks out at the crowds on the steps of St George’s Chapel then hides behind his father as the exciting day takes its toll
Helping hand: George with his bridesmaid sister Charlotte. The Duchess of Cambridge leans in to speak to the little princess
George, one of four pageboys, at first looked a little overwhelmed by the grandeur of the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
However, he fulfilled his duties impeccably, escorting the bride down the aisle before joining sister Charlotte and the other smaller attendants in a side room during the ceremony.
As the newlyweds began their walk towards the West Door, George and his sister rejoined their parents. Emerging with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, an anxious George hid behind his father’s legs.
But by the time he was asked to pose for the official photographs alongside his newly-wed aunt and uncle, he was back in better spirits, flashing his customary cheeky smile.
A flying visit… then off to start school
George’s expressive face has won him a legion of fans over the past five years.
He couldn’t hide his delight when he climbed into a helicopter cockpit to be shown the controls by his father on a Royal visit to Germany last year.
And we could sense his glee through the helmet he jammed on his head.
Equally obvious was his failure to hide his weariness as he touched down at Warsaw’s Chopin airport with his family as they began a five-day European tour.
Helicopter high jinks: Prince George touching down at Warsaw’s Chopin airport with his family as they began a five-day European tour
Prince George contorts his lips into an adorable pout while holding his father’s hand at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport
Prince George started school in September, enrolling at Thomas’s Battersea in South-West London, with his father.
But the first day at school is a daunting experience for any little boy, even a future king – and even worse when mummy can’t be there.
The Duchess of Cambridge was bedridden with severe morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy with Prince Louis.
William introduced George to the head, Helen Haslem, who shook the schoolboy Prince by the hand before leading him inside.
Prince George started school in September, enrolling at Thomas’s Battersea in South-West London, with his father
William introduced George to the head, Helen Haslem, who shook the schoolboy Prince by the hand before leading him inside
My, how he’s grown…
Prince George aged one sits in a courtyard at Kensington Palace (left) and frolics on the lawn of Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire aged two (right)
Prince George, aged three, plays with a bubble gun at a children’s garden party in Canada (left) and struts along as a page boy at the wedding of his aunt Pippa Middleton to James Matthews aged four (right)
A moment’s formality… but giggles are not far off
It may be a formal family portrait to commemorate Prince Louis’ christening. But George and Charlotte are clearly just moments from mischief.
With one hand tucked casually in the pocket of his shorts, George’s eyes may be wide and solemn, but there is a hint of a smile playing around his mouth.
By his side, Princess Charlotte struggles to stifle a giggle, and baby Louis coos up at his doting mother.
A rare moment of stillness amid the glorious chaos of the Cambridges’ family life.
With one hand tucked casually in the pocket of his shorts, George’s eyes may be wide and solemn, but there is a hint of a smile playing around his mouth