A new portrait of Prince George released to mark his tenth birthday, today
It’s an image both relaxed and confident and, released by Kensington Palace to mark Prince George’s tenth birthday, shows a boy on the verge of becoming a young man.
Second-in-line to the throne after his father, the Prince of Wales, George will by now sense a weight on his shoulders.
But with parents who are doing their level best to protect him, he is showing a winning mixture of diligence and charm.
Once a shy boy (understandably) who would hold his mother’s hand in public, the ten-year-old George has left all that behind him – and stands on the verge of a very different life.
William and Catherine, then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their first child and heir to the British throne, Prince George Alexander Louis, ten years ago today on July 22, 2013.
Here, the Royals section looks back at ten touching years in the life of a future King…
Prince William and Princess Kate presented their newborn son, Prince George, to the world the day following his birth at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
As is traditional, an official notice was placed outside Buckingham Palace announcing the birth on July 22
The public got the chance to see three-month-old Prince George as his mother carries him into St James;s Palace for his christening in October 2013
Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth is pictured with her three heirs – the first time such a thing had been possible in more than a generation
A happy prince is photographed on his first tour abroad at Government House, New Zealand in in April 2014
Prince George, just before turning one years old, alongside his parents during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in July 2014
Prince George peeks at his newly Christened sister Princess Charlotte as the family leaves the Church of St Mary Magdalene on July 5, 2015 in King’s Lynn
Nearly two, George takes a stroll at the Beaufort Polo Club in 2015
George wear baby blue his appearance at the annual Trooping The Colour – an echo of the outfit worn when William was himself a baby in 1984
Prince George in cheeky mood at the windows of Buckingham Palace ahead of his appearance on the balcony for the 2015 Trooping the Colour
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle crouched down to meet and shake hands with a puzzled-looking George at Kensington Palace who was wearing his dressing gown and slippers in April 2016
George watches an plane fly by at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford
A curious young man is enchanted by the bubbles at a children’s party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada in September 2016
A tight hug from his father, William, on tour in Canada, 2016
George is delighted as he gets a first-hand look at helicopters on the last day of an official visit to Poland and Germany in July 2017
An affectionate kiss for William’s hand as they arrive at Warsaw Airport in 2017
Kate keeps a tight rein on three-year-old Prince George at her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in May 2017
Now four, the smart young royal arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017
The prince is in fits of giggles with sister Charlotte, left, and cousin, Savannah Phillips, on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping The Colour 2018
George, now five, and Charlotte are members of the bridal party for Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018
Prince George, who was dressed in a nautical-inspired polo top, joins grandfather Michael Middleton as they watch the King’s Cup regatta in August 2019
The six-year-old looked at home as he took to the captain’s seat, before watching the event
George was trying to get in on the fun and games as his father took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in July 2019
Six-year-old George joined his family in clapping for NHS and frontline workers early on in the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020
Now nine, George joins his siblings, Charlotte and Louis, and parents for a ‘settling in day’ for new students at Lambrook School following the Waleses move to Windsor in September 2022
Following her death in 2022, Prince George attends the State Funeral of his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey
Nine-year-old George leads his family into Easter Sunday services at Windsor Castle
Prince George was the Page of Honour in King Charles’s coronation ceremony. Along with three other page boys, helped carry his grandfather’s cape in and out of Westminster Abbey on May 6
For a day of service for the Big Help Out following the Coronation in May, Prince George and his family volunteered with the Scouts in Slough, where he tried his hand at archery
A beaming Prince George holds a replica Ashes Urn while sitting with his father and Richard Thompson, Chairman of the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) as England take on Australia at Lord’s
Prince George arrives at RAF Fairford, as royal fans noted the resemblance to his father
Prince George punches the air in delight as Carlos Alcaraz wins the men’s singles final at Wimbleon