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Prince George was told that he would one day be King on his seventh birthday


On 22 July, Prince George of Cambridge will turn eight years old. While he might be learning more about who his family is, he’s already been told what lies ahead for his future, he will one day be king.

A royal author claims George’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge told the Prince about his future role sometime around his seventh birthday in 2020. The discussion was previously held off as the Duke and Duchess wanted to give their family ‘a normal upbringing.’ In a new chapter of the updated Battle of Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey talks about how the Duke and Duchess wanted to tell George at a ‘controlled moment of their choice.’

“William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son. Maybe one day George will tell us the story himself. But sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal “service and duty” would particularly involve,'” he wrote. 

“William’s aim as a father, the prince stressed, was to give his son “a normal family upbringing”, enabling the monarchy “to stay relevant and keep up with modern times”.’

If the conversation did take place before George’s seventh birthday, it means he did not know he was a future king when he posed in the infamous ‘Four Monarchs’ photograph in December 2019. The Prince, who was only six at the time, posed alongside his great grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, his grandfather and next in line to the throne, Prince Charles, and of course his dad, the Duke of Cambridge. The four also famously posed for reporters as they made a traditional Christmas pudding.

In 2020, royal expert and bestselling author Katie Nicholl spoke with UK’s OK! Magazine about how George is often singled out. Going on to add he often “gets taken away” from his sister and brother to spend time with William, Charles, and The Queen. And that the idea of one day becoming a monarch, is being introduced to him at a gradual rate.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.