PRINCE GEORGE has given a hidden not to his uncle Prince Harry in his celebratory seventh birthday photographs.
Prince George will celebrate his seventh birthday tomorrow, July 22, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared two new photographs of the young royal to mark the special occasion. The images show George beaming in front of the camera and one of the photos appears to be a subtle nod to his uncle, Prince Harry.
The first portrait shows Prince George smiling directly at the camera, as he wears a brown polo shirt and grey denim trousers.
The second image is slightly more of a candid snap, as the young royal stands sideways on while wearing a green camouflage print t-shirt.
George’s choice of outfit could be interpreted as a tribute to his uncle, as Prince Harry served in the army for ten years.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, took both photographs of her eldest son earlier this month.
Prince George has given a secret nod to his uncle, Prince Harry (Image: PA)
Kate Middleton took both of the new birthday photographs (Image: PA)
The Duke, who has since quit as senior members of the Royal Family alongside his wife Meghan Markle, undertook two tours of Afghanistan during his military career.
Prince Harry was commissioned as an Army officer in April 2006, at the age of 22.
Later that year the Duke trained to become a Troop leader, and became responsible to a squad of 11 soldiers and four Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles.
In February 2007, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Prince Harry had been serving with the British Army in Helmand, Afghanistan for more than two months.
Prince George wore a khaki green top in one of the photos (Image: PA)
At the time, Clarence House issued the following statement: “Prince Harry is very proud to serve his country on operations alongside his fellow soldiers and to do the job he has been trained for.”
The Duke of Sussex was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with The Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
He left the army in 2015.
Under the terms of the deal to quit as a senior member of the Royal Family, Prince Harry gave up all his military appointments.
Prince Harry served in the army from 2006 to 2015 (Image: Getty)
As a result, the Duke resigned from three honorary roles in the military – which prevents him from wearing uniform at public events such as Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday at the cenotaph.
Harry will be allowed to wear his medals, including an Operational Service medal for Afghanistan, but protocol prevents him wearing uniform.
Prince Harry’s highest profile military title was as Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he was handed by the Queen in December 2017, succeeding his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
He was also Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington and honorary Commodore-in-Chief of The Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations.
Prince Harry is no longer allowed to wear army uniform (Image: Getty)
Lord West of Spithead, the former First Sea Lord, said: “The next time he [the Duke of Sussex] is at a military event he should be in civilian clothes because he is no longer involved with any military units.
“It is very unfortunate. It is very sad to be losing him from the military.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK