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Prince George shows sporty side as he marks sixth birthday in England football shirt

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released three new photos of their eldest child Prince George to mark his sixth birthday on July 22.

The young prince proves he’s just as big a football fan as his dad William, wearing an England shirt, complete with the Three Lions badge, as he plays in the garden at Kensington Palace.

Mum Kate, 37, took the candid snaps, one of which shows George throwing his head back with laughter, as he lays on the grass.

A second image, still in his England kit, sees him grinning directly at the camera.

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Prince George laughs as he plays in the garden at Kensington Palace. [Photo: Duchess of Cambridge]
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Prince George grins at the camera, wearing an England football shirt. [Photo: Duchess of Cambridge]

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, posted a personal tweet in support of the Lionesses during the Women’s World Cup 2019.

William, 37, is also an Aston Villa fan and celebrated his team’s promotion to the Premier League after they beat Derby County 2-1 at Wembley in May.

The Duke of Cambridge (left) celebrates in the stands with former footballer John Carew (right) after Aston Villa's Anwar El Ghazi scores his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Prince William celebrates in the stands with former footballer John Carew (right) after Aston Villa are promoted to the Premier League. [Photo: PA]

A third image of George, taken while on holiday with the family, sees the young royal in another outdoor setting wearing one of his trademark polo shirts, which looks to be this £5.99 one from H&M, and Sunuva’s £28 tailored stripe swim shorts.

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Prince George on holiday with the family. [Photo: Duchess of Cambridge]

The third to line in the throne, who attends Thomas’s Battersea in London, is believed to be now enjoying the school holidays, with sister Charlotte, four, and one-year-old brother Louis.

Kate took her three children to watch their dad and Uncle Harry play in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, in Wokingham, Berks earlier this month.

George and Charlotte were spotted playing with a football, as Kate chased after Louis.

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WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince George and Princess Charlotte played football during their dad's polo match. [Photo: Getty]

The Cambridges were joined by the Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie on the family day out.

While plans for George’s birthday are being kept private, it’s believed that the family of five are celebrating with a low-key party at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.

The Sun also reported that they could be heading off to the private island of Mustique in the Caribbean once again, where George spent his fifth birthday.

A royal insider told The Sun’s Fabulous that William and Kate’s eldest child has become more “independent” since the arrival of sister Princess Charlotte, and brother Prince Louis.

“With younger siblings Charlotte and Louis taking a lot of the attention at home, George is learning to be more independent,” the friend revealed of the young royal, who will start Year 2 in September.

"Yes, he has been protected from some of the realities about being third in line to the throne, but it is almost as if he is hard-wired to feel a sense of responsibility.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child was born at 16:24pm at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, on 22 July 2013.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's hospital with their newborn baby son on July 23, 2013'
A newborn George makes his debut to the world in July 2013. [Photo: PA]

Two days later, his name was announced as George Alexander Louis and he was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on 23 October 2013.

He began his education at the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk in January 2016 and started primary school at the private Thomas’s in September 2017.

George embarked on his royal tour of Australia in 2014, when he was just eight months old. The outfits he wore on the overseas trip marked the beginning of the ‘Prince George effect’ as parents rushed to buy his exact clothing and high street replicas.

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