Prince George is turning eight!
On Wednesday, his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton released a gorgeous snap of the birthday boy on their official Instagram account writing alongside it: “Turning eight(!) tomorrow 🥳🎂”
In the photo, George is sporting a striped collared t-shirt while smiling broadly sitting on a Land Rover Defender. The choice of car could be seen as a poignant nod to Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, who was closely associated with the vehicle.
The casual photo at the family base — Amner Hall in Norfolk — was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, who is a keen amateur photographer and regularly takes photos of her children to mark their milestones.
It comes amidst reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were considering not sharing a photo of their eldest child due to trolls commenting on his appearance.
“There are rumors that we might not see the photograph [of Prince George] when he’s eight, because they’ve been so upset by the rudeness of people mocking a little boy aged seven, and I hope they can overcome that,” royal biographer Angela Levin said on the UK’s True Royal TV.
The youngest heir to the throne recently had a moment of viral fame for his reactions to the vicissitudes of England’s run in the Euro Cup Final, looking particularly crestfallen when the team lost to Italy in a penalty shootout.
Royal expert Robert Lacey recently revealed that George has been told that he will one day be king.
“Sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020, it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve,” royal author Robert Lacey wrote in his new, updated version of “Battle of Brothers” (via Daily Mail).
Lacey added that his parents wanted to tell George about his daunting destiny at a “controlled moment of their choice” at the age of 7, partly because William was unhappy that he was aware of it his entire life.
The couple has been vocal about trying to give their children “a normal upbringing” and ensuring the monarchy “stay relevant and keep up with modern times,” Lacey wrote.