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Prince George's Official Portrait Has Been Released And It's Beyond Adorable

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On July 22, Prince George celebrated his fifth birthday, and as we all know, he's nothing short of adorable. And like previous years, the royal family has released a precious shot of the young prince in his element.

The picture shows the Duke and Duchess' oldest child standing in front of a Clarence House wall - the home of his grandfather, Prince Charles - and showing off his toothy grin.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s fifth birthday tomorrow," Kensington Palace said in a statement on Saturday.

The sweet snap was taken by photographer Matt Porteous shortly after Prince Louis' christening on July 9. George is wearing a white, short sleeve, button down shirt, with a peter pan collar and blue pipping, which was paired with navy blue shorts. It's the same outfit he wore for the Trooping the Colour celebration earlier this year.

This isn't the first time Porteous has photographed the royal family either. He also took the candid picture of Kate Middleton holding a smiling Louis outside the royal chapel at St. James' Palace.

"Their Royal Highnesses hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do," the office of Prince William and Kate at Kensington Palace said in a statement.

William and Kate have documented George's birthday by releasing official pictures with the public since his birth. The picture issued on the prince's third birthday was also taken by Porteous.

On George's first birthday, pictures of the future king with his parents at London’s Natural History Museum in a butterfly exhibit, looking on in amazement, were released.

"He’s quick on his feet," photographer John Stillwell told PEOPLE of the photo shoot. "He was walking towards me – I was kneeling down to take the picture and he was on top of me as soon as he started walking. He was very quick. He looked really steady on his feet."

For this second birthday, a picture of William holding a smiling George was shown, which was taken on the same day as Princess Charlotte's christening.

"This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family. They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George's second birthday," an official statement read.

The following year's birthday picture showed George standing on a large swing in the family's garden in Norfolk, and according to Porteous, he was lovely to shoot.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere," the photographer said.

For his fourth birthday, George is captured in another precious picture, smiling against a black backdrop in a striped button down at Kensington Palace.

"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," a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said in a statement alongside the photo.

To further celebrate the prince's fifth birthday, a £5 coin was launched The Royal Mint. It features a picture of the legend of St. George and the Dragon and the year "2018" on one side, and Queen Elizabeth II on the other.

While this is a limited edition piece, it isn't the first time George has had a coin made in his honor.

Two sovereigns were made to mark George's first and second birthday respectively, and a third was made to commemorate his christening on October 23, 2013.

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[H/T: Daily Mirror, PEOPLE]

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