22/07/2016 10:16 PM AEST | Updated 23/07/2016 1:56 AM AEST

Prince George Melts Hearts In Adorable New Birthday Photographs

The little prince has turned three.

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.

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Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, turned three on Friday.

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.”

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Matt Porteous took the adorable photographs of the young prince, which were released by Kensington Palace on Friday.

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

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Prince George sits on a wooden swing, which is engraved with his parents' names, in one of the images.

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.

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The photographs were taken at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Norfolk home in mid-July.
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