While still shy of a year old, the young Prince of Cambridge
stole the spotlight during his first royal tour
to Australia and New Zealand. The little guy may be third in line for the British crown, but it's his rosy cheeks, hilarious expressions and general wiggly, jiggly nature that won him an extended playdate with the Internet
Prince George isn't the first British royal to make the world join in a collective "aww," however.
Prince William and Princess Diana in 1983
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In fact, his pops, Prince William
, went to Australia and New Zealand for his first royal tour at almost exactly the same age. And as you can see in this April 1983 photograph, Princess Diana delighted in his antics just as much as Kate does in George's.
Prince Harry and Princess Diana in 1985
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Not to be outdone by his older brother, Prince Harry
also proved to be a photogenic royal baby ... even when he seemed like he might be on the verge of a proper, princely cry. In this September 1, 1985, photo, he's a few days from his first birthday. You have to credit the royal family for a commitment to endure air travel with one-year-olds, which can't be easy, even if you're blue bloods. (BTW, Prince Harry should really bring back that hairstyle.)
Prince Charles (front), Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in 1949
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What a difference six decades can make! "Chubby-cheeked" and "towheaded" aren't how most people would describe Prince Charles
now. But seen in July 1949, around seven months old, he looks quite a bit like Prince George. New mum Queen Elizabeth II
– here Princess Elizabeth, as she wouldn't ascend to the throne until 1952 – also looks radiant, and nearly as youthful as she does in her own baby photos ...
Princess Elizabeth in 1929
Yes, the Queen of England was quite the moppet in her younger days. Seen here at three years old, gracing the cover of TIME magazine's April 29, 1929 issue
, "Princess Lilibet" could have given Shirley Temple competition in the cuteness department. Multiple books on the queen's life cite Winston Churchill describing her as having "an air of authority and reflectiveness astonishing in an infant," and you can perhaps see a flash of that seriousness here, too, despite her cherubic looks.
Prince Albert, the Future King George
Prince Albert (left), the Duchess of York and Prince Edward circa 1899
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Before Elizabeth's father took the throne as King George VI (and even further before pop culture came to know him as the King's Speech
monarch), he was His Royal Highness Prince Albert. You see the prince here, circa 1899, at about four years old, flanking his queen-to-be mother, Mary. Albert is on the left, and the look-alike on the right is Prince Edward, who'd go on to famously abdicate the throne, thus putting his brother's descendants (including little Prince George) in line to reign.
King George V
Prince George in 1870
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You wouldn't expect "Dennis the Menace-esque" to describe the first monarch in the House of Windsor, but that's pretty much the vibe a five-year-old King George V gives off in this photo from 1870. He's wearing a strikingly similar outfit to one worn by his father in a portrait painted 51 years earlier, though George certainly seems more likely to be up to mischief.
Prince Albert, the Future King Edward VII
1846 portrait of Prince Albert
This Franz Winterhalter painting of Prince Albert Edward is dated 1846, meaning it depicts the future king at around five years old. The angelic boy looked considerably different when, at age 59, he began his reign as King Edward VII. Why the late ascension to the throne? His mother, Queen Victoria, holds the record for the longest-reigning British monarch as well as the longest-reigning female monarch in history.
1823 portrait of Princess Victoria
And here she is, the future Queen Victoria, as painted by Stephen Poyntz Denning in 1823, making her about four years old. By the look of her, she's clearly a little girl destined for big things, even if she was only fifth in line for the throne at the time she was born. Hers is an ensemble that says, "No worries. I've got this." She’d go on to reign for 63 years.
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