Prince George was pictured smiling for the camera on the beach in a new photo released to mark his ninth birthday.
Behind the lens was his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, who is known for taking photos of her children to mark their milestones.
Her son was pictured beaming while wearing a polo-style top on a beach in the UK with a sandy shoreline and water behind him earlier this month.
The Duchess is a keen amateur photographer who accepted an Honorary Life Membership of the Royal Photographic Society in 2017, which recognized her “talent and enthusiasm”.
The young British royal turns nine on Friday and will reportedly start at Lambrook School in Ascot, near Windsor Castle, later this year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are rumored to be planning a move to Berkshire to be close to their son and Queen’s new school.
George has had an eventful few months. He performed with his siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during the bank holiday long weekend in June celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The young royals were spotted on the balcony of Buckingham Palace watching the planes fly past after the Trooping the Color ceremony, and then sat with their parents in the royal box during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
William and Kate also took their son to the Wimbledon men’s tennis final where he held the trophy won by Novak Djokovic.
Before the final, the couple and their son welcomed ball boys and girls and military officials to the Millennium Building.
When asked if the young prince was coming to Wimbledon, Kate told her son: “Is this your first time? to which he replied, “Yes.”
George was also asked who he was supporting and seemed too shy to answer, so William looked at him and whispered “Djokovic” before adding: “We’ll see how long it takes. He will support the winner.”
Prince George was born at 4.24pm on 22 July 2013 in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces.
A day later, he made his public debut before the world’s media on the hospital steps, wrapped in a white merino wool scarf, in his mother’s arms.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/prince-george-beams-in-new-photo-to-mark-his-ninth-birthday-41859108.html Prince George beams in a new photo for his ninth birthday