The pandemic didn't put a damper on Prince George's 8th birthday celebration!
On July 22, Prince William and Kate Middleton surprised their eldest child with a soccer ball cake and plenty of gifts, an insider reported.
"It’s really nice for him because there’s no school at the moment. He’s on holiday," the insider noted to Us Weekly, adding that he had a "wonderful" day. "He received lots of lovely presents — a nature explorer set and a cool watch!"
Queen Elizabeth sent her great-grandson a "lovely gift as a surprise" and chatted with the birthday boy via Zoom.
The insider shared that George's younger siblings — Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3 — "made their own adorable birthday cards for their brother."
According to the insider, the future king has "grown up over the last year" and "likes doing things his way." In particular, the "confident" and "energetic" tot loves sports, reading and puzzles, and he's also "super outdoorsy and adventurous."
The day before his celebration, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a new photo of the birthday boy, taken by the mother-of-three herself.
The photo, which was captioned, "Turning eight(!) tomorrow 🥳🎂," showed George dressed in a short-sleeved collared shirt and shorts, and he was sitting atop his family's Land Rover Defender, which may have been a nod to the late Prince Philip, who was a big fan of the car company.
When not on summer break, George is a student at London's Thomas's Battersea, though some have wondered whether he'll follow in his father's footsteps by attending the Ludgrove School, a boarding school in Berkshire.
However, royal author Duncan Larcombe believes it's unlikely.
"It's my understanding for some time, possibly even before George was even born, that William was quite keen that any child he had wouldn't be packed off to boarding school," he told OK! magazine. "He's never intended to have his kids as full-time boarders and if George does go to a school that offers it, he'll likely be a day boarder."