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Prince George turns three

Press AssociationPress Association 22/07/2016

Prince George is likely to celebrate his third birthday with a party hosted by proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The prince, who turns three on Friday, is known for his boundless energy and inquisitive mind, with Kate describing her eldest child as "a really lovely little boy".

George marked his second birthday at home at Anmer Hall, close to the Queen's private Norfolk property Sandringham House.

He was joined by friends and family, including his parents, younger sister Princess Charlotte, grandmother Carole Middleton, nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo and great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.

The prince, who started nursery at the beginning of the year, might even invite some of his new friends from the Westacre Montessori nursery school to this year's birthday celebrations.

The duke and duchess usually release an official photograph to mark the prince's birthday.

George made a rare public appearance recently when he donned ear defenders to explore the aircraft at the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford - in what was his first official engagement in the UK.

As a three-year-old, George will be becoming increasingly independent - and might now even be able to dress himself and prepare his own bowl of cereal.

He is due to start full-time school in September 2017, with the duke revealing they are trying to decide where to send him.

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