Prince George’s birthday tradition inspired by Diana is a headache for William

For any children, the toys are the highlight of birthdays, and little Prince George is no different.

He is turning nine years old today (July 22) and in celebration there is one tradition set by Princess Diana that the Royal Family enjoys – except for Prince William.

George has enjoyed a whirlwind of a childhood, being born into one of the most famous families in the world.

He has also been caught in the middle of the public eye since his birth, as millions have seen him grow from a baby, through school and into the young royal he is now.

Born in 2013, he was the focus of media attention even before his birth because the government introduced a Succession to the Crown Bill in the House of Commons to help end sex discrimination.

It meant that no matter the sex of the first-born in the Royal line of succession, they would grow up to take the throne, male or female.

In the end it made no difference for George, but even though he is a trend-setter in that regard, he certainly keeps to some traditions, especially for his birthday.

What tradition does Prince George follow on his birthday?

The tradition actually started with Princess Diana and has been continued by her close friend and the future king’s godmother, Julia Samuel.

Each year, she buys George an ‘impossible’ gift, one that William will then spend the next few days painstakingly assembling.

She said: "I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making.

"William then has to spend days putting together. And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that."

Julia added that it "makes [her] laugh, and it makes George laugh," knowing that William has to spend so long making these presents.

This is a tradition she extends to all the children in the Royal Family she buys presents for.

Will Prince George be king one day?

Yes, Prince George is currently third in line to take the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and dad William.

According to royal biographer Robert Lacey, William and Kate Middleton would have explained this fact to George when he was seven years old.

He said they would have sat him down at a “controlled moment of their choice” so not to alarm him.

It’s hard to image how a fully grown adult would react when told they will be king one day, so it is hard to image how little George took that information.

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