Prince George Is All Smiles in His Official Birthday Portrait

The little royal turns four today!

Prince George really knows how to work the camera. He got the internet's attention this week after his pouts (opens in new tab)frowns (opens in new tab), and gasps (opens in new tab) were photographed on royal tour, but now he's all smiles for his official fourth birthday portrait. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released the image on Friday, ahead of the toddler's big day.

The photo was originally taken in June by photographer Chris Jackson at Kensington Palace, where George lives with his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and his two-year-old sister Princess Charlotte. (Her birthday was in May.)

Prince George 4trh birthday portrait

(Image credit: Getty Images)

"The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received," Kensington Palace wrote on its official Instagram (opens in new tab).

This is the latest in the young royal's streak of adorable birthday portraits, including this one, from when he turned three:

And this one, from when he turned one:

Happy birthday, Prince George!

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Erica Gonzales
Erica Gonzales

Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There is a 75 percent chance she's listening to Lorde right now.