Don’t they grow up so fast! It seems like yesterday when the world was cooing over the newborn British royal Prince George.
But on Friday, he celebrates his third birthday — and Kensington Palace has released a series of adorable new photographs to mark the occasion.
One of the cute staged pictures shows George feeding the family’s dog, Lupo.
Other images show the third-in-line to the throne sitting and standing on a wooden swing, engraved with his parents’ names, and walking through a field.
“The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs,” the Palace said via a statement on Friday. “They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.”
Prince George’s mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has previously taken and released photographs of both her son and his little sister, Princess Charlotte.
This time, however, the honor of snapping the royal birthday boy fell to photographer Matt Porteous.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere,” said Porteous, who took the pictures at Anmer Hall ― the family’s 10-bedroom country house on Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, eastern England ― in mid-July.
“I’m honored that Prince George’s parents have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday,” he added.