Just when you thought the royal kids of Prince William and Kate Middleton couldn't get any cuter, along comes evidence to the contrary. Case in point? Prince George's beyond-precious official photo to celebrate his fifth birthday on Sunday.
Kensington Palace unveiled Prince George's royal cuteness on its social media accounts, saying, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday — thank you everyone for your lovely messages."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday – thank you everyone for your lovely messages 🎈
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 21, 2018
Young George looks dapper in navy blue shorts and a complementary white shirt with blue piping! The official photo was taken in the garden at Clarence House in London by photographer Matt Porteous. According to Us Weekly, the photo was taken on another special occasion: the July 9 christening of George's baby brother, Prince Louis.
The eldest of Kate and William's kids, George is reportedly "very protective" of his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte and little Prince Louis. Per Us Weekly's source, George is your typical five-year-old (you know, as typical as a royal kid can be) and "loves anything on wheels."
Although Princess Charlotte has been stealing headlines lately for her cheeky behavior, George has had his fair share of media-monopolizing moments as well since his birth in 2013. It was his birth — the birth of Britain's new heir — that set off the global fascination with Kate and William's growing family.
He has since wooed the world on numerous occasions, including his first day of nursery school, meeting the Obamas, attending royal family functions and, of course, welcoming his siblings into the family. On May 19 of this year, young George served as a page boy in the wedding of his uncle, Prince Harry, and his new aunt, Meghan Markle.
In short, Prince George is growing by leaps and bounds, and his newest official birthday photo is proof. Even George's famous father can't help but marvel over how fast his firstborn is transitioning from baby to big boy.
"William says they have surprisingly deep conversations these days and his view of the world is absolutely fascinating to him," an insider told Us Weekly. "I never thought I'd see the day when George is talking to me about the value of sharing or the importance of happiness. He's a bright boy!"