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New photo of Prince George released ahead of his second birthday

Kensington Palace has released a new photo of Prince George to mark his second birthday tomorrow.

The photo was taken by Mario Testino after the christening of Princess Charlotte earlier this month.

The photograph shows The Duke of Cambridge holding Prince George in the gardens at Sandringham House.

It was part of the series of official photographs taken by Mario Testino following Princess Charlotte's baptism on Sunday 5th July.

"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."

– Kensington Palace spokesman

Prince George makes his first balcony appearance

Prince George joins the family on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Prince George has made his first appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to honour the Queen's official birthday.

A very young Prince William pictured at Trooping the Colour in June 1984. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The prince wore the same outfit his father, Prince William, wore for Trooping the Colour in 1984, Kensington Palace revealed.

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Kate 'sorry for not bringing noisy' Prince George to church

The Duchess of Cambridge has apologised for not bringing Prince George to the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

William and Kate joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and others for the religious gathering near the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

After the service the Duchess apologised to a mother and her young daughter, who were among 2,000 wellwishers outside the church, for not bringing her son. When Maddison Neal, aged eight from nearby Dersingham, gave Kate a Milky Bar selection box for George, she replied: "I'm sorry we didn't bring George but you would have heard him in the church."

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Maddison's mother Sarah, 37, said: "We were hoping Kate would take the present but we didn't know if we'd be lucky enough to meet her. "Maddison met George on Sunday at the service at Anmer church. She helped him with his lantern and he blew her a kiss."

George pictures a 'thank you' for privacy from press

The release of intimate snaps of Prince George are the royal family's way of saying "thank you" to the press for respecting his parent's wish for privacy.

Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: "I think what's important about these photographs is that the royal family have released them in acknowledgement that the paparazzi have allowed Prince George to grow up without intrusion. And I think that's very much a thank you in a way."

ITV News Correspondent Harry Smith has this report:

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