British Royal Family

His Royal Cheekiness! Prince George beams in stunning new birthday photo

Now that's a smile!

By Bella Brennan

Prince George is officially five years old and to celebrate the milestone moment, the palace have released a heartwarming new photo of the smiling royal.

And it's the sweetest birthday portrait yet!

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fifth birthday. Thank you everyone for your lovely messages," their statement read.

In the new photograph, the third in line to the British throne positively beams at the camera with his hands behind his back and a gorgeous grin on his face.

And if you were thinking Prince George's darling outfit looks familiar, you'd be right.

The birthday snap was captured in the gardens of Clarence House by Matt Porteous after Prince Louis' christening on Monday 9th July.

The smiling prince on his fifth birthday, captured by Matt Porteous
The smiling prince on his fifth birthday, captured by Matt Porteous
The many faces of George from over the years.
The many faces of George from over the years.

Porteous is of course the same photographer who photographed the magical moment between Duchess Catherine and Prince Louis after his christening and was released as a bonus pic.

Prince George will be celebrating his fifth birthday privately with his family on the island of Mustique as they enjoy their first holiday away with Prince Louis and The Middletons.

The first child of Prince William and Duchess Catherine, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (and his gorgeous chubby cheeks) entered the world on July 22nd, 2013.

It's been a jam-packed five years for the charming royal, who in his short time has become a loving big brother to Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, a fashion icon, the world's number one spirit animal thanks to his huge range of sweet faces, plus he's found a fun royal playmate in cousin Savannah Phillips.

In 2014, George travelled to Australia and New Zealand with his parents on his first official royal tour. He's since joined mum and dad on trips to Canada, Poland and Germany.

The early years of his childhood were spent at the Cambridge's country estate, Anmer Hall, before they moved back to Kensington Palace in London full-time.

Happy birthday, gorgeous George.
Happy birthday, gorgeous George.

And last year, he reached another huge milestone as he started school at Thomas's Battersea in London.

According to proud parents, George has developed a strong little personality.

"George rules the roost and Charlotte isn't far behind," Prince William has said.

We also know he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, that he can speak Spanish and he's taking after his creative mum Kate with his artistic eye.

Wishing George the happiest of birthdays and many more years of joyful smiles!

Portrait of a Prince: A look back at every single one of Prince George's birthday photo from over the years

FOUR: Chris Jackson was the shutterbug for George's 4th birthday.
FOUR: Chris Jackson was the shutterbug for George's 4th birthday.
THREE: To commemorate his third birthday the royal family a whole album of cute pics taken by Matt Porteous. In this image, George plays on a swing that has his parents' names engraved on it. (Image/Matt Porteous)
THREE: To commemorate his third birthday the royal family a whole album of cute pics taken by Matt Porteous. In this image, George plays on a swing that has his parents' names engraved on it. (Image/Matt Porteous)
The young Prince tries to feed the family dog, Lupo, some of his ice cream! "I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere," Matt Porteous explained. (Image/Matt Porteous)
The young Prince tries to feed the family dog, Lupo, some of his ice cream! "I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere," Matt Porteous explained. (Image/Matt Porteous)

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