Wildlife enthusiast and huge footie fan


MILLIONS saw Prince George’s love of wildlife on TV this week.

Mum Kate says one of her seven-year-old son’s favourite places to visit is the Natural History Museum in London.

Prince George loves wildlife and is a huge England football fan, according to his parents

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Prince George loves wildlife and is a huge England football fan, according to his parentsCredit: PA:Press Association
The playful prince looks like he is enjoying himself in this 2015 summer snap

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The playful prince looks like he is enjoying himself in this 2015 summer snapCredit: James Whatling
George with dad William on their 2016 Royal tour of Canada

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George with dad William on their 2016 Royal tour of CanadaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But she admits that on one of his first visits, George was more interested in a wild pigeon he spotted in the building than the exhibits.

To be fair, his love of wildlife did start at a young age.

On one of his first royal public engagements — aged nine months — at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, he was fascinated by a baby bilby. The rabbit-like creature was named George in his honour.

Today, Prince George is a veteran of five foreign tours, including a trip to the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany, where he showed he has inherited a love of helicopters from his dad, William, and uncle Harry.

And just like his grandfather, Prince Charles, George — seen quizzing Sir David Attenborough in a video filmed last month in Kensington Palace garden — prefers being outdoors.

Kate Middleton's snap of George as the prince turned seven

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Kate Middleton’s snap of George as the prince turned sevenCredit: EPA
George got the chance to ask Sir David Attenborough a question

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George got the chance to ask Sir David Attenborough a questionCredit: Kensington Royal
George pictured at just one day old

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George pictured at just one day oldCredit: AP:Associated Press

In his ITV documentary, A Planet For Us All, on Monday, William said his eldest child was “like a caged animal” when cooped up indoors.

As well as studying wildlife, George can already ride a horse after learning on one of his godmother Zara Tindall’s Shetland ponies. And he plays tennis.

Thankfully, our future king is a huge England football fan and follows his dad’s club, Aston Villa.

A year ago, the duke and duchess took George and his sister Princess Charlotte to watch Villa take on Norwich, with the young prince clearly thrilled with his side’s 5-1 win at Carrow Road.

When he was born in July 2013, he was dubbed Georgeous George, but his parents nicknamed him Tips after his initials PG.

Away from the public spotlight, his parents say he is boisterous but is slowly overcoming his shyness in front of the camera as keen photographer Kate takes most of the superb snaps we have seen of him.

And they are in no hurry to burden him with his destiny.

William says: “There’ll be a time and a place for George to understand how he fits in, in the world. But right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him.”

George and his mother Kate pictured together at an RAF Fairford show in 2016

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George and his mother Kate pictured together at an RAF Fairford show in 2016Credit: James Whatling
Big footie fan George giggles in his England kit

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Big footie fan George giggles in his England kitCredit: PA:Press Association
Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte heard speaking for first time in adorable video with Sir David Attenborough

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