My how Prince George has grown!
Kensington Palace released a new family photograph of the royals on Saturday, featuring the beautiful 8-month-old with his beaming parents Prince William and Kate Middleton. The couple's cocker spaniel, Lupo also makes a special appearance in the delightful photo.
The photograph was taken by Jason Bell in mid-March and was unveiled ahead of the family's upcoming tour to New Zealand and Australia. Bell also snapped the official portraits at Prince George's royal christening at Clarence House in October 2013, which also happens to be the last time we had an official and good look at the tiny royal.
The photograph features the family leaning out of the window in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge holds her son on her lap, while the Duke of Cambridge puts his arm around their pet pooch. This arrangement is the same as the photo taken in early August when Prince George was a few weeks old at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Prince George, with his perfect round cheeks and blond hair, looks absolutely precious in a personalized baby blue sweater paired with a white dress shirt. He comfortably rests his little hands on the ledge and gazes at Lupo. Lupo isn't fixated on the little boy and is looking off in the distance.
Kate looks chic in an ivory Temperley silk and cotton blouse and perfectly styled wavy locks, while William opted for a light blue dress shirt.
Prince William, Kate and Prince George are getting ready to travel to Australia and New Zealand for a three-week tour. The trip will commence on April 7 in Wellington and will end on April 25 in Canberra. Prince George's new nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo will join the family.
Prince William and Kate will bring their son, his first public appearance since his christening, to an event for new parents and their babies on April 9.