The annual tradition continues!
For Prince George’s eighth birthday on July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge has released a new portrait of her eldest child and future king. Kate, a passionate amateur photographer, has a long-standing tradition of taking birthday portraits for each of her three kids, including Princess Charlotte, 6, and three-year-old Prince Louis. In this latest pic, George is perched on the hood of a car wearing a striped polo shirt and sporting a toothy grin.
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But it’s not just any car: it appears that George is sitting on a Land Rover, a favourite car of his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who died in April at age 99. Philip loved the car so much, in fact, that he had a custom version of the vehicle carry his casket during his funeral.
Turning eight is something of a milestone for royal boys. Etiquette experts point to the long-standing (read: bougie) tradition that boys in aristocratic circles wear formal shorts and knee socks until their eighth trip around the sun. After that, they can ditch the idea of showing their knees and graduate to, well, big boy pants.
It appears that Will and Kate gave George permission to get a head start on that tradition, too. The young royal attended the England-Italy final of the UEFA Euro 2020 on July 11 looking like a mini adult. Looking grown up standing between his parents, George showed off his crisp suit and striped tie. No shorts in sight!
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There’s no doubt that 2021 will go down as one of the most difficult years for the royal family. Between the death of Prince Philip and the ongoing fallout between certain members of the House of Windsor and Prince Harry (not to mention the prince’s upcoming memoir), the family have faced public scrutiny at every turn — some of which is long overdue (think: William’s recent backlash after commenting on the racism faced by three Black English soccer players and reports that the royals used to ban ethnic minorities from office jobs at the palace).
Amidst all that, it’s clear William and Kate are trying to keep things as normal as possible for their three kids. Prince George is third in line to the throne behind his grandpa Prince Charles and dad Prince William.
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