Prince George Looks All Grown Up in New Portrait Released Ahead of His 8th Birthday

Prince George’s parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, published a new image of the future king ahead of his 8th birthday on Thursday.

The snapshot, which was shared on the couple’s social media profiles, shows George smiling for the camera while sitting on the hood of a car in a blue polo shirt with orange stripes.

There looks to be a subtle nod to Prince Philip, the birthday boy’s great-grandfather, who died in April at the age of 99.

Prince George appears to be sitting in a Land Rover, Queen Elizabeth’s husband’s favorite car, which he had his casket transported in a special version of for his funeral.

Mom Kate, as in previous years, acted as photographer to snap the perfect birthday shot, which was taken earlier this month in Norfolk, where the Cambridge family owns a country house.

The royal mother is also known for photographing Prince George’s younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, on their birthdays.

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