Kate Middleton dressed Prince George in an England footie shirt for birthday photo ‘to show he’s a normal boy who could be from a council estate’, royal expert claims  – The Sun

IT’S Prince George’s sixth birthday today and to celebrate the occasion the palace has released three adorable photos of the young royal.

The sweet prince can be seen beaming in an England football shirt and rolling in the grass, and a royal expert claims the shots give off the image he is a “normal boy”.

Speaking to Fabulous Digital, royal expert Phil Dampier said: “The football shirt is a nice touch because it portrays George like any other youngster, be they from a council estate or a palace.

“William and Kate want George and their other children to grow up not feeling royal or special but just normal.

“It was quite a shock to William when he was a boy to discover his future was mapped out as king, and I’m not sure he has ever fully come to terms with it, at least not until recently.

“He wants George to grow up care-free as he will have plenty of responsibility later on.”

In two of the photos, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, Prince George has swapped his typical smart shirt and shorts for the patriotic sports top.

Referring to the significance of this outfit choice, Phil added: “He looks very relaxed and confident and happy and Kate wants to show him as I’m sure he is, a normal six year-old interested in sport.

“He is clearly taking after his dad who is a massive football fan and of course President of the Football Association.

“And of course he’s interested in women’s football as well as these shots were taken during the recent World Cup”.

Young George has already shown he’s got some silky skills, and showed off his dribbling prowess with his sister Charlotte at a polo match earlier this month.

The football shirt is a nice touch because it portrays George like any other youngster, be they from a council estate or a palace.

Prince George may only be six, but in the photos he confidently roars with laughter as he shows off his pride in the Three Lions.

Phil said this confidence is a change from other times we have witnessed the youngster where he has appeared “nervous in front of the camera”.

He said: “George has had a bit of an image as a shy and introverted youngster so I think these delightful photos taken by his mum show him in a different light.

“Now he is at school in Battersea he is interacting with other children and has become a popular and confident pupil by all accounts.

“I think that having two younger siblings has probably made him grow up a lot faster and he’s clearly matured a lot.”

The royal expert said Kate’s choice to include images of her son rolling around in the grass demonstrate his love of being active.

He said: “The fact that he’s rolling around in grass show he’s a normal active boy and loves the outdoor life.

“He’s almost certain to become an action man like his father and uncle, and eventually join the armed forces for a spell as is the family tradition.

“So introducing him to activities at an early stage is all part of the process.”

Kate is a passionate lover of the great outdoors, and revealed how she has tried to pass this on to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Louis.

Speaking on Blue Peter in June, where she created a den with school kids, the duchess says: “Rain or shine, they’re dragged outside. It’s great.

“It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – 10 or 15 minutes – makes a huge difference to physical wellbeing but also to our mental wellbeing.”

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show also reflected her "fond memories" of being outdoors as a child.


The Duchess of Cambridge also took the third photo of George this week – on their hols on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique.

The Cambridges flew to the luxury hideaway of Mustique last week and will celebrate George’s sixth birthday there today.

The Sun can exclusively reveal the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge splashed the cash to stay at a £27,000-a-week villa.

The five bedroom luxury holiday pad includes a kids’ room fitted with two bunk beds, a chef, butler, housekeeper and private garden.

Phil said that the birthday photos of Prince George seek to represent the family’s love of the great outdoors.

He said: “William and Kate have made sure that their three children are getting as normal a childhood as possible and they all love the outdoor life.

“At Anmer Hall in Norfolk they go for long walks in woods and have frequent trips to the beach.

“Kate’s mum Carole is very close to George and often takes him out alone.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wished Prince George happy birthday on Instagram by sending cake and balloon emojis.

In other royal news, we showed you inside Prince George’s school, Thomas’s Battersea.

We also revealed the Queen always packs a supply of her own blood when she travels on royal tours



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