Today is Prince George’s fifth birthday, and the young prince looked the picture of happiness in the picture released by the royal family.
The picture was taken after younger brother Prince Louis’ christening, and the now five-year-old can be seen grinning to someone off camera.
Prince Louis’ christening was the first occasion that the Cambridges were seen in public as a family of five.
It was also the youngest Prince’s first official royal engagement since his birth on April 23, 2018.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have had a busy year of royal events, however, with important roles to play in uncle Prince Harry’s wedding.
The siblings have also attended Trooping the Colour for great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
To mark George’s fifth birthday, a new £5 coin has been created by the Royal Mint depicting St George and the Dragon.
Despite such a young age, Prince George already has an important place in the British monarchy.
However, his parents Kate and William are trying to give their children a ‘normal’ upbringing despite their position in society.
The Duke of Cambridge has previously said in an interview: “There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in – in the world. We are very normal.”
Where is Prince George in the line of succession?
Prince George is the oldest of the Cambridge children and sits after his father Prince William in line to the throne.
Should a new monarch be required, first in line is the Queen’s son Prince Charles.
Second would be Prince William, making Prince George third in line to the throne.
Interestingly Princess Charlotte has set a new precedent in the British monarchy, as she is next in line after George.
Traditionally the line would pass to the males in the family, meaning that Louis would have had a claim to the throne after George and before Charlotte.
This 300-year-old system was based on the rules of primogeniture which favoured the firstborn male heirs of a King or Queen.
However, the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 changed the tradition.
It stated that the gender of a royal born after October 28, 2011, does not give that person precedence over anyone else when the next monarch is decided.
Despite being in force since 2013, the birth of Louis this year brought the act into place for the first time since its creation.
Prince Louis is fifth in line to the throne, whilst uncle Prince Harry sits sixth in line.