KATE Middleton and Prince William are the proud parents of three children, with their eldest, Prince George, set to turn eight years old on 22 July.
As royal fans gear up to celebrate George's birthday, it's been claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed to their son that he is set to be king one day when he turned seven last year.
While some may think that seven might be a little too early to start talking about being heir, royal author Robert Lacey claims William decided to explain the line of succession to George at a much later date than normal.
It's believed William purposely chose to delay telling George he will be king, with Lacey writing in his new book, Battle of Brothers: "From George's earliest days, William made no secret of his wish to spare his firstborn the casual initiation – or non-initiation – that he felt he had suffered as a child."
He writes that William wanted to give George as normal a life as possible, so instead wanted to reveal his future within the Palace gradually to him, reports The Mirror.
It's not known exactly when William decided to tell George he is going to be king, but it's thought to be around the time of his seventh birthday last year.
Lacey touches on a statement William gave to BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, where he insisted there was a "time and a place" to tell George about where he "fits in the world".
William had said he wanted to keep a "secure, stable, environment" around his son and show him "as much love as I can as a father".
Lacey adds: "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."
In his new release, the author suggests that George had "no idea" why he was posing alongside dad William, his grandfather Prince Charles and great grandma The Queen for the 'Four Monarchs' photo, taken in 2019.
The significance of the picture was not revealed to George, who Lacey claims was told he needed to spend a few minutes with The Queen.
The Queen is currently the longest-reigning monarch in British history and as it stands, her son Charles is first in line to the throne if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies.
Second in line is William, who is Charles' eldest son, and his three children all sit behind him, with George third in line, his six-year-old sister Princess Charlottein fourth and Prince Louis, three, in fifth.
Prince Harry follows his niece and nephews as he is sixth in line to the throne and his two children, who he shares with Meghan Markle, are next.
Archie, two, is seventh in the line of succession, while Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet, born last month, is the newest addition and eighth in line.
For more Royal Family news, here's how Meghan and Harry confirmed the arrival of their daughter, following her birth.
Plus, find out exactly where everyone sits in the Royal Line of Succession, now Lilibet has been born.
And check out where Princess Diana went to school growing up as royal fans prepare to celebrate what would have been her 60th birthday.
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