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Party time Prince George turns three this week

By Laura Elston

Published 18/07/2016

Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school near Sandringham in Norfolk
Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school near Sandringham in Norfolk
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with George and his sister Charlotte at Kensington Palace
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford

Prince George celebrates his third birthday this week.

Third in line to the throne and future king, George turns three on Friday and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son will be looking forward to his party and opening his presents.

The prince is known for his boundless energy, with Kate describing her elder child as "a really lovely little boy".

George marked his second birthday at home in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, close to the Queen's Sandringham estate.

He was joined by friends and family, including his parents, younger sister Princess Charlotte, grandmother Carole Middleton, nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo and great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.

The prince, who started nursery at the beginning of the year, might even invite some of his new friends from the Westacre Montessori nursery school to the celebrations.

But William and Kate should take note. According to the parenting guide What To Expect: The Toddler Years: "Three-year-olds can handle a little more party than two-year-olds - but just a little more. Too much more can send pint-sized party-goers into celebration overload, with less than pleasant results."

Kate will have plenty of help from her parents who run a party paraphernalia business. She could even turn to sister Pippa Middleton whose book Celebrate was marketed as a one-stop guide to entertaining - although it was mocked by some for its over-simplistic advice.

The Duke and Duchess usually release an official photograph to mark the prince's birthday.

George made a rare public appearance just over a week ago when he donned ear defenders to explore aircraft at the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford in what was his first official engagement in the UK.

The prince, who is in nursery for a few days a week, will soon be eligible for a free nursery place.

He is due to start full-time school in September 2017, with the Duke revealing they are trying to decide where to send him.

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at St Mary's Hospital's private maternity unit 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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