Prince George celebrated 8th birthday with sweet Zoom call with the Queen

Prince George of Cambridge attends the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel
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Prince George turned eight on July 22nd and the future king reportedly celebrated this milestone occasion with an adorable Zoom call with his great-grandmother the Queen. 

It might seem like yesterday since Prince William and Kate Middleton introduced newborn Prince George to the world, but the future king turned 8 years old on Thursday. Now on his summer break from Thomas's Battersea school, he had plenty of time to celebrate with his proud parents and siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

As royal fans might have expected, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared their annual birthday snap of George this week. Since the photo’s release, Prince George has been adorably likened to William and Princess Diana. Taken by Kate, George beams at the camera as he perches on the bonnet of a Land Rover Discovery. 

And whilst it's believed that only the Cambridges celebrated George's birthday with him this year, there's one very important member of The Firm who's said to have joined in the fun virtually.

The Queen reportedly made a special video call to her great-grandson and even sent him an unexpected gift. As reported by Us Weekly, an insider claimed, “The Queen Zoomed Prince George to wish him a happy birthday. She sent him a lovely gift as a surprise.”

Though it’s not known what the gift was, the insider added that George “loves his great-grandmother so much”. George, Charlotte and Louis are known to have a close bond with Her Majesty and last year, the Cambridges visited the Queen at Balmoral Castle, adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015

Since then, it’s understood they have not seen each other in person, though her birthday Zoom and gift to George certainly showcases their strong relationship. And it wasn’t the only “surprise” he received this year, as William and Kate are said to have chosen a very appropriate cake.

“Kate and William surprised George with a football cake,” the source alleged to Us Weekly. “He received lots of lovely presents — a nature explorer set and a cool watch!”

This brilliant cake theme comes just weeks after fans dubbed a video of Prince George the “best bit” of the recent Euros final. Whilst Kate Middleton’s love of the outdoors, showcased in her 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Back to Nature Garden, seems to have passed to her son given the choice of a nature explorer set. 

It's lovely to think of Prince George trying out his new gifts during his summer break!

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home,, and My Imperfect Life.