How Prince George's Year of Royal Firsts Is Preparing Him for Future Role
As Prince George turns 9, Newsweek looks at how the events of the last year have been preparing the young royal for his future role.Born in 2013, George is the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The prince was born third in line to the British throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and William. As such, if he takes the throne after William's reign, he will accede as King George VII.
Prince George celebrates his ninth birthday on Friday. The young royal is understood to be marking the occasion on vacation with his family, having been spotted boarding a helicopter near his home in Kensington Palace on Monday. It comes after a busy few months of royal events, which have seen George become a more prominent member of the Royal Family.
Last month, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee with a special four-day weekend. While the festivities mainly honoured the historic reign of the monarch, they also emphasised the future of the monarchy and gave a glimpse into what the next few decades hold for the British Royal Family.
Here's How The Royal Family Celebrated Prince George's Birthday
Prince George turned 9 today, and we already know how the royal family celebrated the future-king. Find out what they did for his special day here."His personality is really starting to shine," a royal insider told Us Weekly about the young prince. "His confidence has grown leaps and bounds over the last couple of years." Giving a nod to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's parenting skills, the source observed, "He's such a lovable, down-to-earth little boy ... It's clear Prince William and Kate are raising him well.
A final balcony appearance saw the Queen standing alongside her three heirs - Prince Charles, 73, Prince William, 39 and George - as well Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The youngest future king has been a more regular fixture on the royal scene in recent months, accompanying his parents on multiple royal outings.
Most recently, he joined Kate and William as they attended the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final, which saw Novak Djokovic retain his title and secure his seventh win at the renowned tournament.
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Writing for the New Zealand Herald, Daniela Elser referred to reports claiming that Kate and William argued over what their eldest son wore to the Euro 2020 Final.
Ms Elser claimed that the prince's "choice of outfit was a divisive one," and wrote: "There the little chap stood in the Royal Box, dressed in a suit and tie, looking like a tiny accountant or mid-level management consultant, while around him 65,000 Brits let loose in an eye-popping display of nationalist fervour and warm lager.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s heartbreak over Prince George ‘burden’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly 'keen' to ensure nine-year-old Prince George's royal destiny isn't made into a 'big deal'Of all the Queen’s great-grandchildren Prince George is facing the biggest future as he’s set to follow in her footsteps as monarch one day. Just a few days ago the Queen’s birthday tribute to George showcased a sweet moment from her Jubilee celebrations. Whilst it’s been suggested that George ‘learned’ a valuable lesson from Her Majesty that weekend. But despite his increased visibility at royal events in recent months, it seems that Prince William and Kate are eager to avoid their son feeling a major royal “burden”.
"Now, it has emerged that William and Kate disagreed over what the boy should be allowed to wear for the big game, with his father keen on him donning an England jersey and his mother pushing back, The [Daily] Telegraph reports."
At the time, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli told the paper: "Yesterday I had an afternoon tea with the Duchess and it was very much a discussion whether George will be allowed to wear the jersey tonight at Wembley or not."
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While William wanted his son to wear a more casual but sporty outfit, Kate was "not so keen".
Ms Elser wrote: "Given George arrived suited, again, it's obvious who won."
And it was reportedly his parents who made sure his outfit complied with Royal Box rules at Wimbledon earlier this month, which state men should wear a tie and a jacket.
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The prince's suit at Wimbledon earlier this month garnered lots of attention from royal watchers.
Speaking about George's Euro appearance, he said: "That doesn't mean hiding his personality or feelings though - so George was encouraged to leap up and celebrate England scoring, to roar and wave and hug his mum and dad like any normal lad. And even to shed a tear when it all ended in heartbreak.
He added: "George is only just beginning to understand his destiny, but Kate has got the journey planned."
Beatle Mania 2.0! Americans to 'sleep on streets' as Kate and William visit sparks frenzy .
KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William will create "mania" when they visit the US as the Cambridges eye new opportunities across the pond.US royal commentator Kinsey Schofield said there would be lots of excitement and press coverage if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to focus their time Stateside - now home to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She said people would "sleep in the streets" for a "simple wave" after the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations created "fresh interest" in the royal couple and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.