The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have thanked fans for wishing their son, Prince George, happy birthday in a sweet message.
The future king celebrated his special day last week, and reports claim he marked turning eight with a football cake, nature explorer set and a “cool watch”.
In keeping with royal tradition, Kate and Wills released a new photo, showing their son sitting on the family’s Land Rover in an apparent now to his late great-grandfather, Prince Philip.
The cute snap, which shows George giving a huge grin to the camera, was a big hit with fans who took to the comment section to wish him a happy birthday.
One wrote: “Aw he is so big and I love his huge smile for his mummy. Happy birthday sweet Prince George! I wish you all the best, a fun day surrounded by your loved ones and a wonderful year!! We all love you.”
Another added: “We are thankful that the duke and duchess of Cambridge and their three beautiful children are the future of our monarchy. Special birthday wishes to Prince George, hope you all have a wonderful day.”
Later in the day, Kate and Wills took to social media again to thank people for the kind wishes.
They wrote: “Thank you for all your lovely messages on Prince George’s eighth birthday!”
The Queen also shared the photo on the royal family’s official accounts, adding it to her Instagram stories with balloon gifs.
Fans were quick to point out how much George looks like his dad, Prince William, in the new photo.
Keen photographer Kate took the snap earlier this month, as has become tradition for the Cambridges.
However the Duchess admitted that her kids don’t always love posing for the camera.
During a phone call with a finalist in her Hold Still photography contest, which was published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge YouTube channel, Kate asked if the contestant considered herself a photographer.
The contestant said: “No. Well, Mark [her husband] would say otherwise just because I do take a lot of pictures of the family.”
To which Kate replied: “It’s like me. Everyone’s like: ‘Mummy, please stop taking photographs!'”