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As the future king celebrates his ninth birthday, we look back at his cutest moments over the years

It seems like only yesterday that Prince William and Kate Middleton appeared on the steps of the St. Mary’s Hospital in London, revealing to the world their firstborn and future heir to the throne.

In fact, George Alexander Louis, or simply Prince George, turns nine today. As is their annual tradition (and an adorable one at that), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marked the occasion by sharing an endearing portrait of their son, beaming by the beach.

To celebrate, we look back at some of the young royal’s most memorable moments.

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1. On his 9th birthday, 2022

2. Attending his first Wimbledon, 2022

3. With his family for their Christmas card photo, 2021

4. On his 8th birthday, 2021

5. Playing with Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte on their father Prince William’s 38th birthday, 2020

6. On his 7th birthday, 2020

7. Welcoming the New Year with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William, 2020

8. With his sister, Princess Charlotte, 2019

9. On his 6th birthday, 2019

10. With his family at the Trooping the Colour parade, 2019

11. Celebrating Prince Charles’ 70th birthday with his family, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 2018

12. On his 5th birthday, 2018

13. Celebrating his brother Prince Louis’ christening, 2018

14. As a Page Boy at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding, 2018

15. On his way to meet his baby brother, Prince Louis, with Prince William and Princess Charlotte, 2018

16. On his 4th birthday, 2017

17. Bored at the Trooping the Colour parade, 2017

18. Celebrating Christmas Day with a candy cane, 2016

19. Playing with bubbles during the Royal Tour of Canada, 2016

20. On his 3rd birthday, 2016

21. Meeting then US President Barack Obama, 2016

22. On his 2nd birthday with Prince William, 2015

23. Checking in on baby sister Princess Charlotte at her christening, 2015

24. Posing for his first Christmas portrait, 2014

25. On his first birthday with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, 2014

26. At his christening with Prince William, 2013

27. As a newborn with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, 2013

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