Prince George's photo album: The royal heir's best moments captured

A new portrait of Prince George has been added to his sweet collection of photos. (PA/Mario Testino/Duchess of Cambridge)
A new portrait of Prince George has been added to his sweet collection of photos. (PA/Mario Testino/Duchess of Cambridge)

Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's eldest-child, is nine. The young royal celebrated his ninth birthday on 22 July, with a new portrait taken by his mother Kate for the occasion.

George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at 4.24pm on 22 July, 2013, in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, London, and weighed 8lb 6oz.

He was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace in October 2013. He wore a handmade replica of the traditional christening robe worn by royals for generations.

George made his public debut on the hospital steps just one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in Kate and Williams arms.

As a great-grandchild to the Queen, he is third in line to the throne, after his father and grandfather Prince Charles.

Watch: Prince George's 9th birthday marked by new portrait taken by mother Kate Middleton

George went on his first royal tour when he was just nine months old, accompanying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their official three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

George spent his early years in Norfolk with his parents, and attended Westacre Montessori School nursery there.

Now he attends Thomas’s Battersea Prep School, though he and his sister, Princess Charlotte will be moving schools when the Cambridge family make the move to Windsor at the end of the summer.

George has been called “funny and feisty and cheeky” by his godmother Julia Samuel, a long-term friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Joining his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George has taken on more public appearances this year, along with his sister Charlotte, and appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony with other members of the Royal Family at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

As Prince George turns nine, look back at some of the most memorable photographs of him so far.

2022

Prince George smiling on a beach wearing a blue polo shirt
Prince George celebrates turning nine with a new portrait, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge on a family holiday in the UK in 2022. (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
Prince George with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon
Prince George with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final in 2022. (Getty Images)
Prince George and the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Prince George with his great-grandmother the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during her Platinum Jubilee. (Getty Images)
Prince George. (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Prince George and his family at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. (The Times/PA)
William stands with his son Prince George and Princess Charlotte (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
William with George and Charlotte. (The Times/PA)

2021

Prince George (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
Prince George showed his smiley side in this snap by Kate in Norfolk to mark his eight birthday. (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

2020

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Prince George for his seventh birthday. (The Duchess of Cambridge)

2019

Prince George and Princess Charlotte after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (PA Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Prince George of Cambridge speaks to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on October 05, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Watching Norwich City play Aston Villa at Carrow Road in 2019. (Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, with her brother, Britain's Prince George of Cambridge, arrives for her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP) (Photo by AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
George was joined by his little sister Charlotte at school in Battersea in 2019. (Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Prince George watches the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George at the King's Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Cowes in 2019. (Getty Images)
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Prince George seems like he loves to mess around with his cousin Savannah Philips. (Getty Images)

2018

TOPSHOT - Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (R) waves at the media as she is led in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (L) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born brother, the Duke and Duchesses third child. - Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday.
Meeting their little brother Louis at the hospital in 2018. (Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Britain's Prince George of Cambridge hold hands with their father, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge is carried by his mother, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London on July 9, 2018. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
George with his whole family at the christening of younger brother Louis in 2018. (Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
One of the first times George was seen in trousers was at Prince Harry's wedding in 2018. (Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte and Prince George arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Prince George has already had lots of wedding duties to fulfil - he was pageboy for his dad's cousin Princess Eugenie too. (PA Wire)

2017

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pageboy Prince George of Cambridge leads the bridesmaids and pageboys out of church after his aunt Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews following their wedding ceremony at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England.  (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
As a pageboy for auntie Pippa Middleton in 2017. (Getty Images)
 Pippa Middleton married  James Matthews at St Marks Church, Englefield, Berkshire.  Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended the bride. Picture: Arthur Edwards
The royal found time for a quick wave during the wedding. (Arthur Edwards)
Prince George arrive for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea
Prince George arriving for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea in 2017. (Getty Images)
take part in the annual Trooping The Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England.
Less than impressed during the 2017 Trooping the Colour. (Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive on day 1 of their offical visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.
Peeking out of the plane alongside little sister Charlotte in Poland, in 2017. (Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge view helicopter models H145 and H135 before departing from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.
Enjoying himself on their official visit to Germany in 2017. (Getty Images)
Prince George fourth birthday portrait, taken by Chris Jackson at Kensington Palace in 2017. (Chris Jackson/PA Images)
Prince George fourth birthday portrait, taken by Chris Jackson at Kensington Palace in 2017. (Chris Jackson/PA Images)

2016

Prince George wears striped jumper and khaki shorts in third birthday portrait taken in Norfolk
Prince George's third birthday portrait, taken at the Cambridge's Norfolk home, Anmer Hall in 2016. (Matt Porteous/PA) Images)
arrive at the Victoria Airport on September 24, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna.
Delighted to be arriving in Victoria, Canada, in 2016. (Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, WALES - JULY 08:  Prince George waves during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George waving a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2016. (Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29:  Prince George of Cambridge plays with bubbles at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna  (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
At a children's party for military families in Canada, on tour in 2016. (Getty Images)
VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29:  Prince George of Cambridge plays with bubbles at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna  (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Playing with bubbles at a party in Canada in 2016, soon after his third birthday. (Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, WALES - JULY 08:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George sit in a Squirrel helicopter during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George sitting in a Squirrel helicopter during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016. (Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England.
George seems to love anything to do with helicopters, so this was a great trip for him. (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:   In this handout provided by The White House, President Barack Obama talks with the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays with Prince George as First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Prince Henry at Kensington Palace on April 22, 2016 in London, England.  The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they attended lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and later dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama visited 10 Downing Street this afternoon and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union.(Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
Prince George got to meet Barack Obama, while wearing his dressing gown. (Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding her daughter Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircrafts by the Royal Air Force, in London on June 11, 2016.  Trooping The Colour and the fly-past are part of a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Enjoying the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony, before his dad was told to stand up. (Getty Images)
FRENCH ALPS, FRANCE - MARCH 3: (NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE.  NO MERCHANDISING) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, enjoy a short private skiing break on March 3, 2016 in the French Alps, France. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty IMages)  (TERMS OF RELEASE - News editorial use only - it being acknowledged that news editorial use includes newspapers, newspaper supplements, editorial websites, books, broadcast news media and magazines, but not (by way of example) calendars or posters.)
Kate and William took him skiing with younger sister Charlotte back in 2016. (Getty Images)

2015

The Duchess of Cambridge. Handout photo issued by Kensington Palace of the Duke of Edinburgh with Prince George, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk in 2015. The Duke of Cambridge has described the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday, as
Philip with his great grandson George, taken by Kate in Norfolk in 2015. (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
Prince George with his father Prince William at Princess Charlotte's baptism, just before the prince's second birthday. (Mario Testino /Art Partner)
Prince George with his father Prince William at Princess Charlotte's baptism, just before the prince's second birthday. (Mario Testino /Art Partner)

2014

Prince George's wearing striped dungarees on his first birthday at the  Natural History Museum in 2014
Prince George's first birthday, taken during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in 2014. (PA)
on April 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.
Meeting a bilby during a trip to the zoo in Sydney in 2014. (Getty Images)
on April 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.
George was delighted with his present during his first royal tour. (Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George attend an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House, as part of their tour of New Zealand and Australia in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 9th April 2014.
Playing while at an event for nurses and their children in New Zealand. (Getty Images)

2013

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.
Welcome to the world! Making his debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing. (Getty Images)