If you feel like time is flying, get ready for this: the future king of England is now four years old. According to the BBC, a smiling portrait of Prince George Alexander Louis was released Friday ahead of his birthday. Kensington Palace tweeted the photo of the glowing prince, writing that his parents are “delighted” to share his new portrait. The photo was snapped by royal photographer Chris Jackson, who is “thrilled and honored” the photo was chosen. "He is such a happy little boy and certainly injects some fun into a photo shoot,” Jackson says.
Prior to his birthday, the prince was touring Poland and Germany with his parents and Princess Charlotte, where he went on a guided helicopter tour at Hamburg’s Airbus factory. Per the BBC, Prince George got to try on a pilot’s helmet while his sister pushed buttons in the cockpit. Born on July 22, 2013, the young prince will soon learn that growing up isn’t all fun and games: he’s due to start school in September at Thomas's Battersea, a private preparatory school just a few miles from Kensington Palace in London. (Read more Prince George of Cambridge stories.)