On Wednesday, his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a beautiful photo of their son on their official Instagram account, captioning it, “Turning eight(!) tomorrow.”
George is wearing a striped collared shirt and is sitting on a Land Rover Defender in the photo. The choice of car could be interpreted as a touching tribute to the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was closely associated with the vehicle.
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The casual photo was taken at the family’s home, Amner Hall in Norfolk, by the Duchess of Cambridge, who is an avid amateur photographer who regularly takes photos of her children to commemorate their milestones.
It follows reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge considered not sharing a photo of their eldest child due to trolls commenting on his appearance.
Speaking on the UK’s True Royal TV, Angela Levin said, “There are rumors that we might not see the photograph [of Prince George] when he’s eight, because they’ve been so upset by the rudeness of people mocking a little boy aged seven, and I hope they can overcome that.”
The youngest heir to the throne recently gained viral fame for his reactions to England’s vicissitudes in the Euro Cup Final. He looked disheartened when the team lost to Italy in a penalty shootout.
“It is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020,” Lacey wrote in his new, updated version of “Battle of Brothers,” via Daily Mail.
Lacey went on to say that his parents wanted to tell George about his terrifying destiny at a “controlled moment of their choosing” when he was 7, partly because William was unhappy that he had known about it his entire life.
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Lacey wrote that the couple has been adamant about giving their children a “normal upbringing” and ensuring that the monarchy “stays relevant and keeps up with modern times.”