NOT SO TERRIBLE TWOS: Move over Princess Charlotte. Big brother is turning two on Wednesday, and has his very own portrait, shot by Mario Testino, to mark the occasion.
On Tuesday Kensington Palace released a new image of Prince George of Cambridge, shot by Mario Testino earlier this month at Princess Charlotte’s christening on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, ahead of the toddler’s birthday on July 22.
Photographed in the gardens at Sandringham House, the grinning toddler is pictured in the arms of his father, Prince William.
The picture of father and son is very similar to a black and white one released by Kensington Palace earlier this month. It is one of a series of photographs taken by Testino following Princess Charlotte’s christening service held at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on July 5.
“This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for the Duke and Duchess and their family,” said a spokesman for Kensington Palace. “They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George’s second birthday.”
Testino posted the image on Instagram, and wrote: “The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George, who turns two years old tomorrow!!!”
The young royal has had a big year: He traveled to New Zealand and Australia on an official trip with his parents; happily waved to the crowds gathered outside the hospital where his sister was born; and watched his great-grandmother’s official birthday parade, the Trooping the Colour ceremony, from the ultimate of front-row seats – the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
During the year, the young royal even did his bit for the footwear industry, driving up sales of Crocs after he donned a blue pair to watch his uncle, Prince Harry play polo.
As reported, a special five pounds coin has been created by the Royal Mint to mark his birthday.