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Prince George Turns Five

Five-star smile: Prince George poses for a photograph to mark his fifth birthday in the garden at Clarence House in central London on 9 July, 2018 | Matt Porteous/KENSINGTON PALACE

Prince George, third-in-line to the throne, turned five on Sunday (22 July) and could be celebrating the milestone in Mustique with his parents and siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for the first time as a family of five according to unconfirmed reports in the media.

He can be seen smiling in a portrait set against a red-brick background to mark his big day released by Kensington Palace. The photograph was taken by Matt Porteous. George, the eldest of the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born amid a huge international media frenzy outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London on 22 July 2013.

And what a whirlwind five years he’s had. Just a day old, George Alexander Louis was carried out by the proud parents to meet the press on 23 July and the crowd cheered wildly as Kate handed over the bundled up baby into the arms of Prince William.

In October 2013, three-month-old Prince George was christened in a private low-key service at Chapel Royal inside St James’s Palace. The venue was a break with royal tradition, which normally sees high-ranking royal christenings take place in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. The Chapel Royal was where Princess Diana’s body lay before her funeral.

In April 2014, the royal couple and their then eight-month-old son arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, to begin a 10-day tour of New Zealand.

Prince George mingled with other babies and their parents during his first public engagement after his christening. He took centre stage at the Government House in Wellington as he crawled confidently and happily among other children, while his mother Kate watched on.

Next stop was Australia for the young family, where George performed his first official duty on a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

The future king of England helped to unveil a plaque commemorating the dedication of the Prince George Bilby Exhibit.

After the birth of George’s sister Princess Charlotte on 2 May, 2015, the Prince delighted crowds of well-wishers and photographers by waving to them on the steps of the Lindo Wing from his father’s arms.

At Charlotte’s christening at a church on the Sandringham estate, the cheeky toddler was seen peering into his sister’s pram before running away down a grassy bank, forcing William to chase off after him.

On 6 January, 2016, the two-and-a-half-year-old prince started nursery school at the Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk, east England, close to Amner Hall where the family lived.

George soon got a taste of his father’s life as he visited a military air show in July 2016. The youngster met pilots from the Red Arrows display team and got to sit inside a helicopter and plane.

Prince William, served as an RAF helicopter pilot with its search and rescue force before switching to flying for an air ambulance unit.

George attended his first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London on 7 September, 2017 accompanied by his father Prince William. But his mother missed the occasion as she was not feeling well enough.

The young prince recently served as a pageboy at the wedding of his uncle Prince Harry to wife Meghan on 19 May, 2018. George could be seen beaming together with Princess Charlotte in an official wedding photograph released by the newlyweds.

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