Queen is a proud great-grandmother as she leads tributes to Prince George on 9th birthday

The Queen led tribute to her great-grandson Prince George on his ninth birthday on Friday 22 July.

The 96 year old monarch’s tribute to the young Royal was posted on Friday on the official Royal Family Instagram page, with the caption: “Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!” along with a cake emoji.

The words accompanied a photo of the Queen with Prince George, who fondly calls the monarch ‘Gan Gan’, as the pair sat on a balcony together at Buckingham Palace at the end of the Platinum Pageant on The Mall last month.

Prince George’s grandfather, Prince Charles, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, joined the Queen in sending their birthday praise.

The couple wrote on their joint Instagram: “Happy 9th Birthday to Prince George”, adding a cupcake emoji.

The Royal Family tributes come after a new photo of George was unveiled in celebration of him turning nine.

The photo was taken by the birthday boy’s mum Kate Middleton, 40, and shows him beaming on their family holiday at a UK beach earlier this month.

The Cambridges had ventured on the seaside trip after school had broken up for George and his siblings, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four year old Prince Louis.

It’s become tradition for the Duchess of Cambridge to take pictures of her eldest son, along with her two other children, every year, and the keen amateur photographer regularly releases her snaps to the public for various occasions.

George made his debut to the world as he was presented to the media outside the hospital one day after he was born.

In recent weeks, the nine year old has made appearances at events with his parents, as he attended the Wimbledon Final and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, getting used to public life as a Royal.

George and sister Charlotte left South-West London's Thomas’ Battersea Prep School this summer to head to a new prep school in Berkshire in September, with younger brother Louis, following the Cambridge family’s decision to move to the county.

The family are set to leave their home in Kensington Palace for Adelaide Cottage, which is located on the Queen’s estate, just before school is due to start.

The cottage is a few minutes' walk from St Georges Chapel at Windsor castle and is said to be a “modest four-bedroom” build with plenty of garden space for the children, according to a source.


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