Prince George and Princess Charlotte take seats at Wimbledon
Prince George, the future King, is officially a “tweenager” having turned 10 today so Express.co.uk is taking a look at the youngster’s life through pictures.
On July 22, 2013, at 4.24pm, the second in line to the throne was born on the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
The Prince and Princess of Wales ventured onto the steps outside the hospital to show Prince George to the world as crowds cheered. Prince William joked that he had “got a pair of lungs on him” but luckily “his mother’s looks” and “more hair” than him.
It was not until two days after his birth that his name, George Alexander Louis, was announced, with his first name paying homage to his great-great-grandfather, King George VI.
Just a month after his birth, the first official portrait of the family of three was released. The picture, taken by Kate’s father Michael, showed his proud new parents beaming along with their dog Lupo.
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George was born on the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital
The first official portrait of Kate, William and George with their dog Lupo
The future King was christened at St James’s Palace, London
Later that year, George’s christening was held at St James’s Palace, London, where he was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Just 22 members of the Royal Family attended with William and Kate, as they broke with tradition by having their son christened at the Chapel Royal, where Princess Diana lay before her funeral.
In 2014, George was taken on his first official trip with his parents, accompanying them to Australia and New Zealand as part of a three-week tour.
The following year, George took on a new responsibility: he became a big brother. Princess Charlotte was born in 2016 and it wasn’t long before he became a big brother for the second time with the family welcoming Prince Louis into the fold in 2018.
Prince George pictured ahead of his first birthday
William and Kate on their first official trip overseas with George in 2014
George pictured at Princess Charlotte’s christening
The year prior, the Prince took another big leap: he started school. The future King was seen accompanied by his father when arriving at Thomas’s Battersea School in London.
Although William and Kate strive for George and his siblings to have as normal an upbringing as possible, the royal has had several experiences many would deem once in a lifetime.
At the age of two, dressed in a cute white dressing gown and gingham pyjamas, the little Prince was introduced to then-President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
The American President and First Lady are not the only world leaders to make the young Prince’s acquaintance. In 2016, George met Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who bent down on one knee to chat with the future King.
George next to his great grandmother on the balcony during the 2016 Trooping the Colour
Prince George meeting Obama at Kensington Palace in 2016
George arriving for his first day of school
At the age of seven, George was introduced to legendary documentary filmmaker Sir David Attenborough, who gifted him a tooth from a giant shark he had found while on a family holiday to Malta in the late Sixties.
George is said to be very sporty, something William and Kate are said to have encouraged, which came in handy last year as he played tennis — a sport he began at the age of five — with Roger Federer.
Last year, George and his siblings went through a big change when William and Kate decided to move them all out of Kensington Palace, London, to live in Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor Estate.
Prince George dressed smartly for his uncle Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018
George playing with Charlotte
George watching England vs Germany at the Euros in 2020
The three siblings now all attend nearby £20,000 a year Lambrook School where George no doubt sticks up for Charlotte and Louis on the playground as he is reportedly a “very protective” older brother.
A source told Us Weekly: “He’s very protective of his younger siblings and goes out of his way to help his mother with the household chores, especially when it earns him extra time on electronics!”
In recent years, George has spent more and more time in the limelight. In 2021, at the age of seven, he was taken by his parents to watch the Euro final at Wembley.
George started at a new school in Windsor along with his siblings
Prince George was a Page of Honour at the Coronation in May
George attended the men’s singles final at the weekend
Last week, he went to watch the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, although this time his younger sister Charlotte was brought along too.
It’s been quite the year for the future Monarch, who will soon be heading into his final year of primary school, as he played a more prominent role at his grandfather’s Coronation.
Despite Pages of Honour typically being aged between 12 and 15, the then nine-year-old George was given the role, which involved walking behind the King, helping carry the long heavy robes, as he had reportedly shown a great deal of interest in the ceremony.