New photo of Prince George released for his 4th birthday

PHOTO: Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday, July 22, 2017.PlayChris Jackson/PA Wire
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Kensington Palace has released a new photo of Prince George to mark the third-in-line's fourth birthday.

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The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson, Getty Images' royal photographer.

Kensington Palace shared in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received."

George’s parents, Prince William and Princess Kate, both 35, revealed George's excitement about his upcoming birthday with well-wishers in Germany. William told a group of students in Hamburg, "George has got a big tummy. He'll probably end up eating all his cake himself."

The royal couple joked that George would also be on "sugar overload" in Heidelberg after trying their hands at candy-making and sharing they planned to bring the sweets back to their children.

George will celebrate his birthday on Saturday Willliam and Kate's country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk after returning back from the families' five-day royal tour of Germany and Poland.

George received an early birthday gift from his German hosts as the family boarded their plane home. He was also surprised with a special treat, climbing into the cockpit of two Airbus helicopters. The little prince got behind the controls and donned a helmet shortly before the family's departure for the U.K.

The public caught glimpses of a growing George as he held his parents’ hands as the family arrived in and departed from Poland and Germany. George, who loves planes, was seen at one point pulling the hand of his father to be able to board the plane faster.

PHOTO: Prince William, Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte depart Warsaw airport in Poland after a three day visit, July 19, 2017.Andrew Parsons/i-Images/Polaris)
Prince William, Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte depart Warsaw airport in Poland after a three day visit, July 19, 2017.

In other photos, George and Charlotte were seen looking outside the plane’s windows.

PHOTO: Prince George and Princess Charlotte peer out of a window as they arrive with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day 1 of their official visit to Poland, July 17, 2017, in Warsaw, Poland. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince George and Princess Charlotte peer out of a window as they arrive with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day 1 of their official visit to Poland, July 17, 2017, in Warsaw, Poland.

George’s trip to Poland and Germany marked his third royal tour. He traveled with his parents and Charlotte to Canada last fall and accompanied his parents to Australia and New Zealand in 2014 as a toddler.

This year will be one of change for George, who will begin school in September at Thomas's Battersea School, a private school in Battersea, South London.

George attended preschool at a Montessori school near Anmer Hall. The family will now be based in London and George be a full-time student at Thomas's Battersea, a coeducational school not far from the family's Kensington Palace base.

Kensington Palace said in a statement coinciding with the announcement that William and Kate were looking forward to George's next milestone: "Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education."

Thomas's Battersea enrolls around 500 students from a variety of backgrounds whom George will one day lead when he is king.

Today’s photo from Kensington Palace is the latest of several images released on George and Charlotte’s birthdays, many of which were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge. Take a look back at the official photos released for George’s three previous birthdays.

PHOTO: This photo dated Wednesday, July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince Georges first birthday and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.John Stillwell/PA Wire/AP Photo
This photo dated Wednesday, July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince George's first birthday and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

PHOTO: Britains Prince George is seen in this photograph taken at his home in Norfolk in mid-July, and released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark his third birthday, July 22, 2016.Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Matt Porteous
Britain's Prince George is seen in this photograph taken at his home in Norfolk in mid-July, and released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark his third birthday, July 22, 2016.

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