Barefoot Prince George celebrates his third birthday today with new photographs released by Kensington Palace.
The little prince, third in line to the throne, can be seen in two shots playing on a swing in casual shorts and a T-shirt at his parents' country home, Anmer Hall, that is inscribed with their names, William and Catherine. It is believed to have been a wedding gift to the couple.
In recent years the royal household has often issued pictures taken of the Royal children by their keen amateur photographer mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. This time, however, they were taken by a professional photographer, Matt Porteous.
In a statement, William and Kate said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third birthday.
'They were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at their home in Norfolk in mid-July.
Kensington Palace adds: 'The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.'
The three-year-old today enjoyed a birthday party with all the trimmings at the family's Norfolk mansion, Anmer Hall. He was joined by his grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as friends from his nearby Montessori School, Westacre.