(CNN)My oh my, how time flies. Britain’s Prince George is turning 8 on Thursday and to mark the occasion, his parents are releasing a new photograph of their eldest.

Keeping with tradition, the photo was snapped by his mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who has a passion for photography. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George ahead of his eighth birthday tomorrow,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. The photo shows a smiling George posing in a navy blue and orange striped shirt outside with a field of wildflowers behind him. The photograph to mark Prince George's 8th birthday was taken by his mother.The photograph to mark Prince George's 8th birthday was taken by his mother.The photograph to mark Prince George’s 8th birthday was taken by his mother.Kensington Palace said Kate took the photograph earlier in July in Norfolk, the family’s residence outside London. Read MoreThe Cambridges have been sharing family snaps of George each year on his birthday, a practice they have extended to their other children, 6-year-old Charlotte and 3-year-old Louis. Britain's Prince George is seen in this picture taken by his mother Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge,<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/21/uk/prince-george-photos-seven-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank"> to mark his seventh birthday</a> on Wednesday, July 22. George is third in line to the British throne, following his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William.Britain's Prince George is seen in this picture taken by his mother Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge,<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/21/uk/prince-george-photos-seven-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank"> to mark his seventh birthday</a> on Wednesday, July 22. George is third in line to the British throne, following his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineBritain’s Prince George is seen in this picture taken by his mother Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark his seventh birthday on Wednesday, July 22. George is third in line to the British throne, following his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William.Hide Caption 1 of 24George and his younger siblings, Charlotte and Louis, play with their father in June 2020.George and his younger siblings, Charlotte and Louis, play with their father in June 2020. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineGeorge and his younger siblings, Charlotte and Louis, play with their father in June 2020.Hide Caption 2 of 24George arrives with his sister, Charlotte, for her first day of school in September 2019.George arrives with his sister, Charlotte, for her first day of school in September 2019. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineGeorge arrives with his sister, Charlotte, for her first day of school in September 2019.Hide Caption 3 of 24Prince George watches the Trooping the Colour parade from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June 2019.Prince George watches the Trooping the Colour parade from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June 2019. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George watches the Trooping the Colour parade from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June 2019.Hide Caption 4 of 24Prince George and other children in the royal family arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie in October 2018. George's sister, Charlotte, is at far left.Prince George and other children in the royal family arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie in October 2018. George's sister, Charlotte, is at far left. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George and other children in the royal family arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie in October 2018. George’s sister, Charlotte, is at far left.Hide Caption 5 of 24Prince George leaves the chapel after the wedding of his uncle, Prince Harry, in May 2018.Prince George leaves the chapel after the wedding of his uncle, Prince Harry, in May 2018. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George leaves the chapel after the wedding of his uncle, Prince Harry, in May 2018.Hide Caption 6 of 24The prince arrives for his <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/europe/prince-george-first-day-school/index.html" target="_blank">first day of school</a> in September 2017.The prince arrives for his <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/europe/prince-george-first-day-school/index.html" target="_blank">first day of school</a> in September 2017. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineThe prince arrives for his first day of school in September 2017.Hide Caption 7 of 24Prince George looks out of the window of a seaplane while leaving Victoria, British Columbia, in October 2016.Prince George looks out of the window of a seaplane while leaving Victoria, British Columbia, in October 2016. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George looks out of the window of a seaplane while leaving Victoria, British Columbia, in October 2016.Hide Caption 8 of 24George and the family's pet dog, Lupo, are seen in this photo marking George's third birthday in July 2016.George and the family's pet dog, Lupo, are seen in this photo marking George's third birthday in July 2016. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineGeorge and the family’s pet dog, Lupo, are seen in this photo marking George’s third birthday in July 2016.Hide Caption 9 of 24Prince George shakes hands with US President Barack Obama while Obama visited Kensington Palace in April 2016.Prince George shakes hands with US President Barack Obama while Obama visited Kensington Palace in April 2016. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George shakes hands with US President Barack Obama while Obama visited Kensington Palace in April 2016.Hide Caption 10 of 24The prince poses for a picture taken by his mother on his first day of nursery school in January 2016.The prince poses for a picture taken by his mother on his first day of nursery school in January 2016. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineThe prince poses for a picture taken by his mother on his first day of nursery school in January 2016.Hide Caption 11 of 24Prince George is held by his father a day before his second birthday in July 2015.Prince George is held by his father a day before his second birthday in July 2015. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George is held by his father a day before his second birthday in July 2015.Hide Caption 12 of 24Prince George peers into the stroller of his sister, Charlotte, following her christening in July 2015.Prince George peers into the stroller of his sister, Charlotte, following her christening in July 2015. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George peers into the stroller of his sister, Charlotte, following her christening in July 2015.Hide Caption 13 of 24Prince George is held by his nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2015.Prince George is held by his nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2015. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George is held by his nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2015.Hide Caption 14 of 24Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, took this photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte shortly after Charlotte's birth in 2015.Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, took this photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte shortly after Charlotte's birth in 2015. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineCatherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, took this photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte shortly after Charlotte’s birth in 2015.Hide Caption 15 of 24Prince William and Prince George arrive at a London hospital on the day Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015.Prince William and Prince George arrive at a London hospital on the day Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince William and Prince George arrive at a London hospital on the day Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015.Hide Caption 16 of 24George poses in a Kensington Palace courtyard in December 2014.George poses in a Kensington Palace courtyard in December 2014. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineGeorge poses in a Kensington Palace courtyard in December 2014.Hide Caption 17 of 24Prince George and his parents visit a butterfly exhibition at London's Natural History Museum in July 2014.Prince George and his parents visit a butterfly exhibition at London's Natural History Museum in July 2014. Photos: Prince George: Third in linePrince George and his parents visit a butterfly exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum in July 2014.Hide Caption 18 of 24George takes his first steps in public as his mother holds his hand in June 2014.George takes his first steps in public as his mother holds his hand in June 2014. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineGeorge takes his first steps in public as his mother holds his hand in June 2014.Hide Caption 19 of 24The royal family leaves an airbase in Australia to head back to the United Kingdom in April 2014. They took a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was their first official trip overseas after George's birth.The royal family leaves an airbase in Australia to head back to the United Kingdom in April 2014. They took a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was their first official trip overseas after George's birth. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineThe royal family leaves an airbase in Australia to head back to the United Kingdom in April 2014. They took a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was their first official trip overseas after George’s birth.Hide Caption 20 of 24Catherine holds George as he meets a bilby — Australia's version of the Easter bunny — at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. One of the zoo's bilbies was renamed George in honor of the young prince.Catherine holds George as he meets a bilby — Australia's version of the Easter bunny — at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. One of the zoo's bilbies was renamed George in honor of the young prince. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineCatherine holds George as he meets a bilby — Australia’s version of the Easter bunny — at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. One of the zoo’s bilbies was renamed George in honor of the young prince.Hide Caption 21 of 24George plays with toys during a visit to the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, in April 2014.George plays with toys during a visit to the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, in April 2014. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineGeorge plays with toys during a visit to the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, in April 2014.Hide Caption 22 of 24William and Catherine speak to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby after George's christening in London in October 2013.William and Catherine speak to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby after George's christening in London in October 2013. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineWilliam and Catherine speak to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby after George’s christening in London in October 2013.Hide Caption 23 of 24The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart a London hospital with newborn George in July 2013. He was born the previous day weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart a London hospital with newborn George in July 2013. He was born the previous day weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces. Photos: Prince George: Third in lineThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart a London hospital with newborn George in July 2013. He was born the previous day weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces.Hide Caption 24 of 2401 Prince George photos seven gbr intl09 prince george FILE 202008 prince george FILE 201908 prince george FILE 201907 prince george FILE 201806 prince george FILE 201805 prince george FILE 2017prince george canada 201605 prince george 0722prince george obama 201601 prince george school 0106RESTRICTED prince george 072104 prince george FILE 201503 prince george FILE 2015prince george princess charlotte02 prince george FILE 2014prince george 201401 prince george FILE 2014prince george first steps 201401 royals leave australiaprince george australia 201404 prince baby george 09 christening hgh01 royal baby 0723Prince George Alexander Louis was born on July 22, 2013, at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in central London. He made his first public appearance just a day later when his parents proudly presented him to the world’s news media on the steps of the hospital. He is third in line to the British throne behind his father, William, and grandfather, Charles.

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