Kensington Palace Just Released Portraits Of Prince George For His 6th Birthday

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Prince George is growing up way too fast

Prince George just turned 6! Happy birthday to one of our favorite royal kids. It’s a part of palace tradition that royals have portraits taken and released to the public on their birthdays, and George is no exception, so prepare yourself for incoming cuteness, because his portraits show a sweet, perfect prince who is clearly growing up way too fast.

Seriously, just look at that gap-toothed smile. Wasn’t this kid born like, last year? It feels like it. If there’s anything these photos prove, it’s that time truly flies.

Also, we naturally have to point out that little George is pretty much a dead ringer for his dad, Prince William. It’s almost too cute to handle.

George’s birthday photos were released on the Kensington Palace Instagram account, where a sweet message accompanied them.

“Happy Birthday Prince George! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share new photographs of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s sixth birthday,” it read. “This photograph was taken recently in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace by The Duchess of Cambridge. Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages!”

While it’s traditional to have a famed photographer take official portraits of members of the royal family, even children, lately Duchess Kate has been bucking that tradition and taking her kids’ photos herself. The result is a lot of adorable, natural portraits of the kids at home being themselves, and we’re grateful to get a more candid glimpse into palace life, rather than a staged and posed photograph.

This is the first glimpse of Prince George we’ve gotten since photos from a garden event were released a few months ago, and we first realized just how big he’s getting. In those photos, he was playing with Charlotte in the charity garden spearheaded by Duchess Kate, and they looked like a perfect picture of loving siblings.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”

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Before that, it was George’s preschool photos we were obsessing over. While he was one adorable toddler, seeing him start to noticeably grow up is hitting us right in the feels. Keep these photos coming, Kate.

Now, let’s just see how long it takes for George’s new portraits to end up on Gary Janetti’s hilarious parody Instagram account.

Happy birthday, George!