Royal fans were quick to notice the resemblance between Prince George and his father as a brand new photograph was shared to mark his 10th birthday.
As per tradition, the image was shared by the Prince and Princess of Wales on July 22 – and their eldest child looks more grown up than ever before.
George is dressed in a check shirt – thought to be part of his school uniform – paired with chinos and brown lace-up brown suede brogues that William also favours as a smart/casual look.
Those on social media immediately pointed out the resemblance between the father and son, with others pointing to George’s looks being akin to his grandmother.
One user said: ‘Everyday he looks more like his dad, Prince William.’
Royal fans were quick to notice the resemblance between Prince George and his father as a brand new photograph was shared to mark his 10th birthday
Prince William at Buckmore Park in 1992, when he was the same age as his eldest son
Another agreed, adding: ‘He looks so much like his dad.’
A third said: ‘Happy birthday Prince George. You’re growing so fast and you look like your dad and grandmother.’
Like his sister Princess Charlotte, eight, and five-year-old brother, Prince Louis, George is a pupil at Lambrook in Berkshire.
The Mail understands that the children have all settled in ‘famously’ at their new school and are loving their life at Windsor, where they now live in Adelaide Cottage on the royal estate.
George has represented his school at cricket this term and is proving to be A formidably good swimmer and sailor, talents inherited from both his parents.
In recent weeks he has made an appearance at the Wimbledon finals as well as the Royal International Air Tattoo, and taken a key role as Page of Honour in his grandfather’s coronation.
Those on social media immediately pointed out the resemblance between the father (above in 1992) and son, with others pointing to George’s looks being akin to his grandmother
One user said: ‘Everyday he looks more like his dad, Prince William’
It’s all part of a plan by his parents to slowly and carefully introduce the future monarch to life on the public stage, while ensuring he has a happy, carefree and protected childhood as possible.
Last month George was seen visiting Eton College with his parents, touring the £45,000-a-year private school which is just a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle.
It comes after it emerged George will not be expected to serve in the military before becoming King, breaking centuries of tradition.
The second in line to the throne will be allowed to sidestep the usual stint with the Armed Forces if he wishes, The Mail on Sunday understands, leaving him free to shape his own destiny.
A picture of 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. The image was released to mark his first birthday
Prince George was photographed grinning in his official portrait for his fifth birthday, pictured left. Meanwhile, he appeared this summer at the Wimbledon Men’s Finals alongside his parents
The Cambridges (pictured is William with his three children) have embarked on a new life in the country, moving to Adelaide Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate last year
It would be a significant departure for the Royal Family as the monarch is Commander-in-Chief of Britain’s forces. George’s father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandmother and great-grandfather all served with the military, sticking to a centuries-old precedent.
Writing in this newspaper earlier this month, historian Dominic Sandbrook said: ‘The tradition of royals joining the Armed Forces, even for brief periods, lends crucial legitimacy to the monarchy.’
But speaking ahead of Prince George’s tenth birthday, a long-time friend of George’s father, Prince William, said: ‘In theory, there is nothing to stop George from pursuing a career as an astronaut, for example, if that’s what he wants, and then becoming King later.
‘The rules are different now, he wouldn’t necessarily have to follow the old formula of going into the military and then Royal life.’