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Birthday boy Prince George preparing for a big year

The future king starts school in September.

Prince George is celebrating his fourth birthday on Saturday.

The young future king has spent the run-up to his big day on an official tour of Poland and Germany with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

William and Kate’s eldest child has a busy year ahead of him as he starts school in September.

The Duchess has already said she is not sure George, who will be young for his year, “has any idea what’s going to hit him” as he begins full-time education.

George is joining private day school Thomas’s Battersea in September, where fees cost £17,604 a year.

The selective establishment states that its most important rule is to “be kind”. Its 540 pupils are aged from four to 13, with around 20 in a class.

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Prince George with his family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Yui Mok/PA)

Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school.

The Cambridge family will be based at Kensington Palace in London, rather than at their Norfolk mansion Anmer Hall, with William leaving his air ambulance helicopter pilot job this summer to become a full-time royal.

George showed himself to be something of a shy royal diplomat when he arrived in Warsaw, needing encouragement from William to exit the plane, and fidgeting on the red carpet.

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Prince George at the Natural History Museum (John Stillwell/PA)

According to Kate, the prince is a “noisy” youngster and a “really lovely little boy” whom she hopes will keep “feisty” younger sister Princess Charlotte in check.

George and Charlotte had a starring role as pageboy and bridesmaid at aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May where the Prince was reprimanded for standing on the bride’s train.

Last autumn, the siblings travelled to Canada with William and Kate for a high-profile royal visit, making just a few appearances, including one to a children’s tea party.

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Prince George as a baby (John Stillwell/PA)

:: Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at St Mary’s Hospital’s private maternity unit, the Lindo Wing, at 4.24pm on July 22 2013, weighing 8lbs 6oz.

He made his public debut in front of the world’s media on the hospital steps one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in his proud parents’ arms.

A great-grandchild to the Queen, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England if, as expected, he follows reigns by the Prince of Wales, then William.

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