Prince George has astounded royal analysts and fans alike by appearing “grown up” and ready for secondary school.
In July, the future King turned 10, and to commemorate the occasion, he was pictured smiling on the steps of Windsor earlier that month while dressed in a checkered shirt, elegant trousers, and suede brogues.
It was taken by respected portrait photographer Millie Pilkington, who has photographed all of Wales’ children as well as Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh with their children.
Many commented on how much older and more like his father the Prince appeared as he approached the age of ten.
On the July 26 episode of Podcast Royal, co-host Rachel Burchfield stated, “Prince George has been the man of the month…There was a new portrait released of him sitting on steps and looking so grown and so much like his father did at the same age…”
She continued: “It took my breath away when I saw how grown he looks. He’s only ten years old but he looks like a young man now, he doesn’t look like a boy at all.”
Several people sent their birthday wishes when the Prince and Princess of Wales shared the photo on Twitter, with some mentioning his growth surge and resemblance to his father.
“He looks so grown up now and so much like his dad… happy 10th birthday Prince George! I wish you all the best and I hope you will have a great day and a wonderful new year! We all love you.” One fan wrote.
Similarly, Podcast Royal co-host Jessica Robinson thought George looked much older in his professional portrait as if he were ready for high school. “I thought it was a great photo taken by Millie Pilkington,” Ms Robinson continued. To me, he looks like he is ready to go off to Eton. I thought it was a great photo.”
The Prince, who will complete his final year of primary school in September, will follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle by attending the £45,000-a-year prestigious school.
Parents must register three years in advance, and when George was spotted on the grounds with his parents in June, it fueled speculation that the future King will be joining a list of illustrious alumni that includes former Prime Ministers and George Orwell.
The youthful Prince has recently stepped into the limelight. He was seen watching the Wimbledon men’s singles final with his parents and younger sister, Princess Charlotte.
During his grandfather’s Coronation in May, the then-nine-year-old Prince embarked on a more responsible role than his brothers, serving as a Page of Honours, a position traditionally reserved for people aged 12 to 15.