Prince George, the eldest child of Kate Middleton and Prince William, turns five years old today—and what better way to celebrate the junior royal than with cute pictures and official currency? Kensington Palace released an adorable photograph of little George, and, because we're talking about a possible future king here, the Royal Mint also issued a new £5 coin to mark his first half decade.
On Saturday, Kensington Palace took to Twitter to share a photo that shows Prince George grinning broadly and looking super grown-up since his days as the lone royal baby. The picture was reportedly taken earlier this month in the garden of Clarence House after the christening of his little brother, Prince Louis. The caption reads, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s fifth birthday tomorrow."
Prince George also got a special gift from the Royal Mint: a limited-edition £5 coin, which features the image of St. George and a dragon. The coin will be available for public purchase today (Sunday), and it marks at least the fourth time Prince George has been honored with commemorative currency: The Royal Mint released coins for his first and second birthdays, as well as for his christening in 2013.
"The birth of Prince George altered the course of history in the United Kingdom, and we are pleased to be marking the fifth birthday of our future king," Nicola Howell, director of consumer business at The Royal Mint, said in a statement.
But what about the royal birthday bash? The Express points out that Kate and Prince William tend to keep their kids' parties a private, family affair. They're rumored to be vacationing in the Carribbean, so it could be that Prince George's celebration is going to involve a lot of island sun.
Prince George is the third in line for the British throne, following his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William. Already, he's won people over with his adorable antics alongside his younger sister Princess Charlotte—and personally, we can't get enough.
Happy birthday, Prince George! Long may you reign over our hearts.