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Prince George celebrates birthday - six years in pictures

Three new photographs taken by Kate Middleton released to mark future king’s big day

Three new photos of Prince George have been released to celebrate his sixth birthday - and reveal that the young royal is a dedicated football fan.

Two of the snaps show George, the third in line for the throne, in an England football shirt laughing in the garden of his home in Kensington Palace, while the third shows him wearing a green polo shirt and striped shorts on a recent family holiday. As The Daily Telegraph notes, “gone are some of the fustier outfits in which he has been pictured in the past on other landmark occasions”. 

“Happy Birthday Prince George! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share new photographs of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s sixth birthday,” the royal couple wrote on their Instagram account.

The Duchess, who recently succeeded the Queen as the figurehead of the Royal Photographic Society, took the shots of her son, reports Metro.

“The photographs not only reveal that our future king has become a football fan, but also suggest that he is a drain on the Tooth Fairy’s resources at present,” reports The Times, which notes that the Prince is missing one of his bottom teeth. 

Metro adds that George “is the spitting image of his dad and granddad”, Prince William and Prince Charles.

The schoolboy was spotted playing football earlier this month with his siblings while his father played in a charity polo match. George also enjoys tennis and was recently visited by Roger Federer at the Berkshire home of his mother’s parents.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share new pictures of all their children - George, four-year-old Princess Charlotte and one-year-old Prince Louis  - on their birthdays.

Although details about George’s birthday party have not been released, The Sun reported earlier last week that the family are expected to spend their summer holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique, where they also celebrated the Prince’s fifth birthday.

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