Happy Birthday Prince George! The family celebrate with a brand new portrait!

Our favourite little royal is ringing in four... And the milestones keep on coming!
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The royal family released the portrait earlier this morning.

Prince George’s parents shared a tweet:

“The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark HRH’s 4th birthday tomorrow .”

The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Getty’s main royal shutterbug, Chris Jackson.

“TRH are very pleased to share this lovely picture, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.”

To mark this incredible milestone, we look at why 2017 is so important for the young Prince… And celebrate the best stories about him, told by the British Royal Family.

Prince George will start going to big school in September

Prince George

The curly-haired youngster is attended Westacre Montessori School near the Cambridge’s Anmer Hall home in Sandringham.

Kensington Palace previously announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William’s son, Prince George would attend Thomas’ Battersea School in London this September.

“Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education.”

The school is one of four family-run schools in London and despite the school boasting a location just a stone’s throw from their royal residence, William and Kate, both 35, have opted for the middle-class, southwest London branch. The $8,000 school currently has 544 day pupils, aged between four and 13.

And the proud parents didn’t make the decision lightly.

Last May, the dad-of-two was chatting about Charlotte and George, saying, “They’re both doing very well at the moment – noisy but lovely. Just trying to sort out schools now – it’s going very well.”

But soon it will be time for the real deal!

As the Cambridges gear up to enter this exciting new chapter of their lives, George’s mummy recently confessed that he doesn’t have “any idea what’s going to hit him.”

Becoming a fulltime student will no doubt be a huge change compared to his quiet country life in Norfolk.

Just like any other mum, Kate will be with him every step of the way, even at school drop-offs.

During an official outing, the 35-year-old spoke with Richard Found and his wife Jane Suitor, who are parents at the school.

“We were chatting about Thomas’s, the school George will be going to,” Richard recounted.

“We’re parents there as well. She just said, ‘I may see you at the school gates.'”

Before George’s new chapter commences, we relive some of our favourite things said about the youngster.

Prince William

Dad’s little man!

Georgie is a loud Prince… Who loves splashing about

After his arrival, the proud dad confessed, “He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure.”

“George’s pretty loud, but of course very good looking,” he admitted to one well-wisher.

William told his governor’s residence hosts while he was visiting New Zealand. “I hope that George doesn’t keep you up. He has been known to be particularly vocal at 3 am. I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning.”

Turns out bath time with the baby prince is no walk in the park either, with Wills confessing: “At the moment, bath time is quite painful, but hopefully donning a snorkel and mask might calm him down.”

As we all expected, the then-baby George loved to run amok.

During a trip to Malta, William joked, “Malta may not survive baby George. There are a lot of precious things here.”

Dad thinks the bub takes after the entire family!

“He’s got [Catherine’s] looks, thankfully.”

William also remarked, “He’s a little bit of a rascal, I’ll put it that way. He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure, but he’s doing very well at the moment.”

And who can forget when he described his bub as a “little monkey” who “never stops moving!”

William and Kate will always be a sounding board for their son

“Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,” Will revealed.

Duchess Catherine

Kate admits she’s always running after George.

*The adventures of Georgie boy and the bilby

The proud mum confessed during the Australia tour, “He’s got quite a strong grasp, so we were worried about [him meeting the bilby in Australia].”

The prince likes pancakes… And storms… And of course, T-Rex

When a young boy asked Kate where George was during the Pancake Day celebration in February, the Duchess replied: “George? I should have brought him. “He’s at his Montessori nursery today making pancakes.”

That same day she revealed, “George likes storms, too!”

Amani shared a conversation she had with Kate, saying, “We asked her about her home lifestyle and her children. She said that Charlotte is very chatty and likes doing play dates with George. George is interested in dinosaurs and volcanoes.”

“George loves the T Rex because it’s the noisiest and the scariest.”

The mum-of-two shared with a group of school children from St. Matthew’s Primary School, “He’s got a scooter. He’s going super fast on it. It’s hard to keep up with him!”

Sibling besties

Kate has said in the past that George and Charlotte are becoming “very good friends.”

But the little princess is the boss with the mum admitting, “Charlotte is keeping him in check‎.”

Prince Harry

We imagine Harry and his nephew have the best time together!

One of our favourite stories of all time…

When little George called out his Uncle Harry for being uncharacteristically well-behaved when the Obamas came to visit.

Michelle Obama, and Prince Harry sat down with ABC News, and the wife of President Obama let slip one very adorable detail about their visit with the royal family.

Turns out, the usually-mischievous Prince was putting on a display of his absolute best behaviour, but that was before his equally cheeky nephew gave him away…

“I have to say the most precious thing, if you haven’t already fallen in love with him, is to see him with his nephew,” said Michelle of Harry, who sat red-faced right next to her.

George’s bedtime outfit was jokingly described as a “clear breach of protocol”.

Prince Harry and Michelle Obama have become firm friends through their joint efforts with the Invictus Games.

Speaking of the evening in which she and her husband met Harry as well as the Duke and Duchess at their Kensington Palace residence, she quoted Prince George who asked the royal, “Uncle Harry, why are you so quiet? Why are you so quiet?”’

Harry then piped up, calling the moment “so embarrassing”. He explains that George noticed that he was on his “best behaviour” as he is “normally throwing him around the room and stuff.”

“And he didn’t understand what is wrong with you,” she said to Harry. “He’s got a pretty good uncle over here.”

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