Prince George turns eight!
On Wednesday, his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, posted a beautiful snap of the birthday boy on their official Instagram account, writing next to it: “Will be eight (!) Tomorrow ??”
Pictured is George wearing a striped collared shirt and smiling broadly, sitting on a Land Rover Defender. The choice of car could be seen as a sharp 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 an avid amateur photographer and regularly takes photos of her children to mark their milestones.
It comes amid reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were considering not sharing a picture of their eldest child because of trolls commenting on his appearance.
“There are rumors that we may not see the photograph [of Prince George] when he is eight because they have been so upset by the rudeness of people who mock a little boy aged seven and I hope they can handle it, ”said Royal Cinema Angela Levin on Britain’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 and looked particularly crested when the team lost to Italy in a penalty shootout.
Royal expert Robert Lacey recently revealed that George has been told he will one day be king.
“Sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020, it is assumed that his parents went into more detail on what the little princess’ life with future royal ‘service and duty’ would especially involve,” wrote the royal author Robert Lacey in his new, updated version by “Battle of Brothers” (via Daily Mail).
Lacey added that his parents wanted to tell George about his frightening fate in a “controlled moment of his choice” at the age of 7, partly because William was unhappy that he was aware of it all his life.
The couple has been determined to try to give their children “a normal upbringing” and ensure the monarchy “to be relevant and keep up with modern times,” Lacey wrote.