LONDON — A new photograph of Prince George has been released on the eve of his second birthday.
It shows the toddler in the arms of his father, the Duke of Cambridge, and beaming into the lens of world-famous photographer Mario Testino.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family. They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George’s second birthday.”
The photo is part of the series of official pics taken by Testino, the internationally-renowned fashion photographer, following the christening of Princess Charlotte — George’s little sister — on July 5th. They were taken in the gardens and drawing room at Sandringham House.
The image was shared via Kensington Palace’s Twitter and Instagram accounts in keeping with the palace’s new strategy of publishing via their own media streams first.
The palace built excitement amongst royal followers with a pre-tweet (if that’s a thing) saying: “We’ll be sharing a special photo of Prince George later ahead of his birthday tomorrow. Watch this space! #HappyBirthdayPrinceGeorge”
Kensington Palace have only said that Prince George will be spending his birthday “privately,” which would most likely mean with close family at their country home in Norfolk.