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Prince George is 8! See the birthday photo taken by his mom, Kate Middleton

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Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have something to celebrate. On Thursday, their oldest child, Prince George, turns 8.

To usher in the happy occasion, on Wednesday evening, Kensington Palace released a new photo of the boy who will one day be king.

Prince George's 8th birthday photo (THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE / AFP - Getty Images)
Prince George's 8th birthday photo (THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE / AFP - Getty Images)

The photo was taken earlier this month in Norfolk, England, by George’s proud mom, the former Kate Middleton. It's something that's become a birthday tradition for all the Cambridge children over the years — and it’s clear she has a gift for capturing their joy.

George can be seen wearing a polo shirt and flashing a sweet smile in the shot. Royal experts on social media have noted that he appears to be sitting on a Land Rover Defender, in homage to his late great-grandfather Prince Philip's love for the vehicle.

Related: The three children have a touching way to honor their late grandmother's memory.

This isn't the only glimpse royal watchers have been given of the tyke in recent weeks.

The young prince joined his parents in attending two big Euro 2020 soccer matches — and he really suited up for the games.

Prince George with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton at European Football Championship (dpa/picture alliance via Getty I)
Prince George with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton at European Football Championship (dpa/picture alliance via Getty I)

First George was spotted at the June 29 match between England and Germany at London’s Wembley Stadium, in which he wore a dark navy suit that coordinated perfectly with one worn by dad William, right down to their red, white and blue ties.

Prince George with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton at Euro 2020 final (FRANK AUGSTEIN / POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince George with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton at Euro 2020 final (FRANK AUGSTEIN / POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Then, less than two weeks after England’s victory in that match, George and his suit were back at Wembley Stadium to see the highly anticipated final between England and Italy. And even though his home team lost in that final face-off, George gave the crowd a reason to smile with his own enthusiasm for the game.

George, who’s third in line for the British throne, behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, has long been a fan of the sport.

In fact, the birthday photos released when he turned 6 showed him wearing his England jersey.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children. In addition to the birthday boy, there’s his sister, Princess Charlotte, 6, and their little brother, Prince Louis, 3.

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