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Prince George celebrates third birthday [Photos]

Published 22/07/2016

Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today with the family pet, Lupo. The photograph was taken at their Norfolk home in mid-July by Matt Porteous. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire
Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today with the family pet, Lupo. The photograph was taken at their Norfolk home in mid-July by Matt Porteous. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire
Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today, sitting on a swing. The picture was taken at the family's Norfolk home in mid-July by Matt Porteous. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire
Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today. The picture was taken at the family's Norfolk home in mid-July by Matt Porteous. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire
Photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Prince George, who celebrates his third birthday today, standing on a swing. The picture was taken at the family's Norfolk home in mid-July by Matt Porteous. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire

New pictures showing Prince George at play on a swing and with the family dog Lupo have been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their son's third birthday.

William and Kate thanked well-wishers for messages of support they have received marking their eldest child's milestone on Friday.

Four images have been issued by the royal couple showing the young prince in the grounds of their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs.

"They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday."

The first of the pictures, taken in mid-July by photographer Matt Porteous, show George standing barefoot on a swing. In another image he is sitting on the swing looking at the camera.

In the third, the prince is shown walking and in the final image he is sitting on a rug with the family pet Lupo.

Mr Porteous said: "I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I'm honoured that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday."

The Duke of Cambridge sits Prince George in the cockpit of an RAF Arrow aircraft, during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge sits Prince George in the cockpit of an RAF Arrow aircraft, during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George look at a Squirrel helicopter during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George wears ear defenders as he sits in a helicopter, during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow, with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George sits in a helicopter with his mother the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. : Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince George shakes hands with a pilot as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George after looking in the cockpit of an RAF Arrow aircraft, during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire
Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George wears ear defenders as he walks with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left and centre) during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince George wears a set of ear defenders as he is carried by his father the Duke of Cambridge during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Fairford. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George are greeted as they arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge stands with her son Prince George as he wears a set of ear defenders during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Fairford. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince George wears a set of ear defenders as he is carried by his father the Duke of Cambridge during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge talks to Prince George as the stand in front of the RAF Arrows aircraft, during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince George walks with his mother the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 8, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Fairford. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George look inside a red arrow jet plane during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Cambridge carries Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge stands with her son Prince George as he wears a set of ear defenders during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #545492832 with alternate crop.) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #545493084 with alternate crop.) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George speak to Carol Vorderman, Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets after arriving for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George look inside a red arrow jet plane during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George (R) with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) as she meets cadets during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive for a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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