Happy birthday George! Queen leads tributes to her great-grandson as he turns nine today

The Queen lead birthday tributes to her great-grandson Prince George today by sharing a picture of the two together at the Jubilee celebrations.

The monarch’s official Royal Family Instagram account posted this morning: ‘Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!’ along with a celebratory cake emoji.

The Queen, 96, affectionately known as ‘Gan Gan’ to the young royal, also shared a photograph of the two standing together during the balcony at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall last month.

It was followed by a post from Prince Charles, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, who shared an ice cream emoji and wrote: ‘Happy 9th Birthday to Prince George!’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his aunt and uncle, have yet to share a public birthday message with the little royal.

The Queen, 96, lead birthday tributes to her great-grandson Prince George, nine, today by sharing a picture of the two together at the Jubilee celebrations

The monarch's official Royal Family Instagram account posted this morning: 'Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!'  along with a celebratory cake emoji

The monarch’s official Royal Family Instagram account posted this morning: ‘Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!’ along with a celebratory cake emoji

It was followed by a post from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who shared an ice cream emoji and wrote: 'Happy 9th Birthday to Prince George!'

It was followed by a post from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who shared an ice cream emoji and wrote: ‘Happy 9th Birthday to Prince George!’

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a new photograph of Prince George to celebrate the big day today.

The picture was taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, on a family trip to a UK beach earlier this month after George and his siblings, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, broke up from school .

George and his sister Charlotte have now left Thomas’ Battersea Prep School in south-west London and will be starting a new coeducational prep school in Berkshire this September, along with their younger brother Louis.

The Cambridges will be embarking on a new life in the county, moving to Adelaide Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate in the next few weeks in order to settle down before the start of the academic year.

The Queen, 96, affectionately known as 'Gan Gan' to the young royal, also shared a photograph of the two standing together during the balcony at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall last month

The Queen, 96, affectionately known as ‘Gan Gan’ to the young royal, also shared a photograph of the two standing together during the balcony at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall last month

George – who posed in a polo-style top with a sandy shoreline and water behind him in his birthday snap – is said to be growing up into a happy, polite and contented boy who is ‘obsessed’ by football and loves being out and about in the fresh air.

He’s also undertaken several public engagements of late – including a visit to the Wimbledon Men’s Finals – as part of a very gradual introduction to public life.

His eventful few months included appearances with his siblings during the extended June bank holiday weekend that celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The young royals were seen on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the Trooping the Color ceremony when they watched the fly-past of aircraft, then sat in the royal box with their parents during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

When attending the men’s Wimbledon tennis final with his parents this summer, George greeted ball boys and girls as well as military personnel in the Millennium building, alongside Kate and William.

The little royal joined other members of The Firm at a number of Jubilee events last month (pictured, at Trooping the Colour)

When asked about the young prince coming to Wimbledon, Kate said to her son: ‘Is this your first time? It is, isn’t it?’ to which he replied: ‘Yes.’

George shy he was also going to support and appeared too shy William looked at him and asked to answer before ‘Djokovic’ so added: ‘We’ll see how long it lasts. He’ll support the winner.’ The young prince later held the trophy won by Novak Djokovic.

Friends say William and Kate are determined to bring their son up knowing and respecting the role into which he has been born but balancing that with his ability to ‘just be a kid’.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is well known for taking pictures of her children to mark their milestones, is a keen amateur photographer.

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London at 4.24pm on July 22 2013, weighing 8lb 6oz.

He made his public debut in front of the world’s media on the hospital steps one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in his mother’s arms.

A great-grandchild to the Queen, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England if, as expected, he follows the reigns of his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and then his father, William.

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