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Prince George celebrates his 9th birthday with a new photo of the British royal family

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LONDON — The 9th birthday of Britain’s Prince George was celebrated on Friday with the release of a new photo showing the young royal wearing baby blue and beaming from ear to ear.

The photo was taken this month, according to Kensington Palace, on an undisclosed beach in Norfolk, eastern England, where his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have a home in the vast Sandringham estate of Queen Elizabeth II.

George, who is third in line to the British throne, is seen with a toothy smile in the image taken by his mother, Catherine.

It has become an annual tradition that the birthdays of William and Catherine’s children are marked by the public release of photographs, normally taken by the Duchess.

Young royals are usually kept out of the public eye, but this year, as the nation celebrated their great-grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee in June, marking 70 years of her reign, they have attended a series of public events.

George’s younger brother Prince Louis has captured international hearts and headlines after his emotional display on the balcony of Buckingham Palace amidst the pomp. Spawning memes and parodies online, young Louis was seen pulling faces, clasping his hands over his ears, fidgeting and yawning as his mother tried to get the order across.

Prince George was born to much fanfare on July 22, 2013, as journalists and experts waited outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington to catch a glimpse of the royal couple’s firstborn and heir.

Baptized a few months later as George Alexander Louis, he is officially known as Prince George of Cambridge. He became a brother in 2015 with the birth of Princess Charlotte and then Louis in 2018.

George was last seen attending the men’s Wimbledon tennis final in July, when he watched from the royal box with his parents as Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat Australian Nick Kyrgios at the South West club from London.

George’s birthday was celebrated on the front pages of many British newspapers – but a more controversial royal story about his late grandmother, Princess Diana, also dominated Friday’s coverage.

The BBC said on Thursday it would pay ‘substantial damages’ to William and Prince Harry’s former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now known as Alexandra Pettifer, over ‘false and malicious allegations “made against her, including that she had an affair with Prince Charles and an abortion, in connection with BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s attempt to secure an exclusive interview.

The explosive BBC interview, broadcast in 1995, stunned the world for its candor and insight into Diana’s miserable marriage to Prince Charles. In the interview, Diana told a TV audience that “there were three of us in this marriage” – referring to Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, now his wife. Years later, an independent investigation found that Bashir used false documents and “deceptive behavior” to arrange a crucial meeting that led to the interview.

The interview was publicly criticized by William and Harry, while Bashir has since left the BBC for health reasons.

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Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, welcomed the news on Thursday, Tweeter“While I am delighted to see another innocent victim of this appalling scandal cleared, I am amazed that no criminal charges have yet been brought against those responsible.”

The interview was “the result of the deceptive tactics used by the BBC”, BBC Director-General Tim Davie admitted on Thursday. “I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to her. [Pettifer]to the Prince of Wales and the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, for how Princess Diana was cheated on and the impact it had on their entire lives.

Davie said the BBC had failed Diana, the Royal Family and the public. As a result, he added: “I have decided that the BBC will never broadcast the program again; nor will we license, in whole or in part, to other broadcasters. »

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