30 Times Prince George Was So Adorable, He Melted Hearts Around The World

by Casey Suglia and Karen Veazey
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It has to be hard growing up in one of the world’s most recognizable families. But one small royal, Prince George, has always seemed to take the challenge in stride, showing up with expressions and attitudes that make people all across the globe love him all the more. And as he's just celebrated his eighth birthday, it feels now is as good a time as any to look at all the times Prince George was so adorable, he melted countless hearts around the world.

The young prince turned another year older on July 22, which means he’s moving on to less nap time at school and more of the serious stuff, like reading and writing. He’s ready for it, though; Prince George has already taken on the mantle of big brother twice in his young life, and has undoubtedly guided 6-year-old Princess Charlotte and 3-year-old Prince Louis through being a special part of the royal family.

In honor of his eighth birthday, his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, released some heartwarming photos — the way they traditionally have — and this year’s might be the cutest yet. Prince George is looking more like his father with every photo. His grin is delightful, and he looks positively joyous in the snaps captured by his mom. And here are a flurry of other times Prince George has stolen countless hearts.

July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013 is a day that will be long remembered, as the future king of England made his debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. I know we all start out life this way, but there's something remarkable about already knowing what that little one is destined for that made the moment even more magical.

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Oct. 23, 2013

In October 2013, Prince George was christened at St. James's Palace and looked so sweet and regal dressed in a lace gown that was designed to resemble one made in 1841, according to CNN. Beyond his cuteness though, Prince George does look a tad suspicious with his adorable furrowed baby brows.

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April 9, 2014

At about 8 months old, Prince George participated in his first public play date during a tour of New Zealand and Australia, according to People. In this photo, he's seen giving his mom's hair a critical overview (and maybe not totally liking what he smells from the look on his face).

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April 20, 2014

George the prince met George the bilby during a visit to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney in 2014, according to The Telegraph, which noted that the young royal was transfixed by the little creature and kept trying to get a handful of it. The zookeeper told The Telegraph that he would have let Prince George pet the other George, but the Cambridges had apparently decided in advance it was not a good idea.

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June 15, 2014

Prince George looked a bit uninterested in the charity polo match Prince William was playing in on Father's Day 2014, according to Vanity Fair. Instead of keeping his eye on the game, the young royal stuck to the sidelines and entertained himself by crawling around the grass and messing with mom's jeans in that involved way only a toddler does.

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July 22, 2014

For Prince George's first birthday in 2014, his parents shared photos of their son at a butterfly exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum, according to TIME. In one of the photos, Prince George looks adorably entranced by the fluttering butterflies nearby.

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May 2, 2015

Prince George showed off his royal wave on his way to meet his new baby sister, Princess Charlotte, in May 2015. Prince George appeared at St. Mary's Hospital in his dads arms and adorably royal as he greeted the crowds waiting outside.

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June 15, 2015

It was a family affair at the Gigaset polo match in June 2014. Prince George stepped out with his mom and joined other royals including Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Zara Phillips, Mike Tindell, Mia Grace, Peter and Autumn Phillips, and their children, according to USA TODAY. And Prince George took some time to get playful with the other children, rolling around in the grass, USA TODAY noted at the time.

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July 5, 2015

Prince George looked to be all business as he walked nearby the carriage carrying his little sister, Princess Charlotte, at her christening in 2015. Prince George, of course, stole the show that day with several expressions as adorable as he looked in this photo.

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April 22, 2016

It was a monumentally adorable moment when Prince George met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during their 2016 visit to Kensington Palace. TODAY reported at the time that the royal got to stay up 15 minutes past his bedtime to greet the Americans, which explains his customized and very regal robe.

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June 11, 2016

Celebrating the Queen's birthday during the Trooping the Colour parade, Prince George gave the most adorable of salutes. Although the day was full of thousands of soldiers, planes, and military on display, according to Good Housekeeping, it was the children on the balcony who stole hearts, as they always do.

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Sept. 29, 2016

During the 2016 tour of Canada, according to HuffPost, Prince George took time to attend a party for military families where he encountered one of the best things in life: Bubbles. Someday he'll lead his countrymen, but for now there is wonder to behold.

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Oct. 4, 2016

Altogether it was an eight-day royal tour of Canada for the Cambridge family, according to media reports, but no moment was more iconic from the visit as when the future king squished his face against the seaplane window while waiting for takeoff.

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Dec. 25, 2016

On Christmas 2016, Prince George attended a church service with the royal family and, as many parents can attest to, sometimes you need to bust out some candy and toys to keep the kiddos quiet and occupied during these times. And, as TIME reported, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were both given a candy cane to keep them nice and happy during the Christmas service.

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June 18, 2017

Trooping the Colour, the name of the parade celebrating the Queen's birthday, is always a great chance to see kids be kids as they enjoy watching jets roar and soldiers march by. In 2017, Prince George was photographed copying Princess Charlotte's now-signature royal wave to greet the planes performing overhead.

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July 19, 2017

It can be really, really hard to keep up with all the grown-ups going to boring grown-up things. And in this sweet and relatable moment, Prince George showed off his need for a nap upon arrival for a state visit to Poland, according to The Independent.

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July 21, 2017

At 3 years old, Prince George was quite the helicopter fan, according to Harper's Bazaar. So being allowed a few moments to tour one while on an official family trip to Germany and Poland seems to have made the long hours worth it.

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Sept. 7, 2017

On his first day of school in 2017, Prince George looked on seriously as he greeted his teacher, then walked quietly between her and his dad on the way to class. Fun fact: His nickname at school, according to Vanity Fair, is P.G.

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May 19, 2018

Prince George was decked to the nines, matching his dad in a military outfit, for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding in May 2018. Prince George was apparently a little grumpy for bit of the day, according to Harper's Bazaar, but took a moment to let cameras snap a regal pic of his finery.

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June 9, 2018

At the Trooping the Colour in 2019, a hilarious and delightful moment between Prince George and his cousin, Savannah Phillips, stole the show. Apparently, according to Harper's Bazaar, Prince George couldn't stop laughing as his cousin "jokingly conducted the orchestra from the balcony," which led Savannah hush him and cover his mouth

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Oct. 12, 2018

There's a lot of waiting around during weddings, so sometimes it's important to entertain yourself by making faces. The cameras caught one of Prince George's best at Princess Eugenie's wedding, where he was a pageboy, according to Hello! Magazine.

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Nov. 13, 2018

In this photo from November 2018 in honor of Prince Charles' 70th birthday, Prince George is seen laughing, along with the rest of the family, while sitting on his grandpa's lap. It turns out that, according to Us Weekly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's nanny, Maria Borrallo, was making funny faces behind the camera, which apparently made everyone giggle.

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June 8, 2019

Most recently, at Prince Louis' debut on the balcony for Trooping the Colour in 2019, according to TIME, Prince George looked adorable and so grown up from past balcony appearances, though the future kings does look a little tired from his royal duties.

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July 10, 2019

Shortly before his sixth birthday, Prince George got to relax with his siblings and cousin, Archie, at a charity polo match. Prince George and his siblings got to run around during this outing, for a change, and let loose and play.

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Aug. 8, 2019

Prince George continued to make the most of his summer vacation, by helping kick off the first King's Cup Regatta in England in early August. The future king got to set sail on a boat while sporting a super cool looking captain's hat.

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Sept. 5, 2019

Prince George embarked on his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea with his younger sister, who was finally able to attend the same school as him. Both Prince William and Middleton were present to take their two kids to their first day, and the whole family looked so happy to be doing so.

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Dec. 25, 2019

On Christmas morning, Prince George attended service at his grandmother's Sandringham Estate with his younger sister. This was the future king's first time participating in this royal tradition, and he looked very prim and proper.

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April 23, 2020

Prince George's public appearances were slim to none in 2020. But in April, the prince and his family members appeared on TV to clap for carers, which was part of the U.K.'s initiatives to cheer on essential health care workers during some very trying times.

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Dec. 11, 2020

The Cambridges stepped out on the red carpet in Dec. 2020 to watch a special pantomime performance at the National Lottery's Pantoland at the Palladium. While this appearance might not have been as ornate as their previous holiday appearances, it was still nice to see the family make a special appearance.

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June 29, 2021

Prince George got all dressed up in a suit and tie to watch England play against Germany in the Euro 2020 Championships. The oldest Cambridge sibling, who is reportedly a huge soccer fan, cheered on England when they scored and looked like he was having a blast hanging out with his two parents.

The Cambridge children have never failed to delight with their public antics and Prince George is the leader of the pack. Royal fans are undoubtedly looking forward to many more years of great expressions and surprising moments to come.

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