Prince George Birthday Photo: Released!

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An official photo of the heir to the British monarchy, Prince George, has been released in honor of the youngster's second birthday today.

The adorably cool picture, taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino, shows the toddler smiling in the arms of his dad, Prince William:

Prince George Birthday Photo!

The picture was taken after Princess Charlotte's christening on July 5, in the lovely gardens at Sandringham House, on the Queen's Norfolk estate.

It was part of a series of official photographs taken by Testino following the Princess' christening; Charlotte came into the world in early May.

This one had not been released until George's big day, though.

Said a Kensington Palace spokeswoman of the image above:

"This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a most special day for the Duke and Duchess and their family."

"They are very pleased to share this picture," the spokeswoman added, "as they celebrate Prince George's second birthday."

It is thought the Duke and Duchess will celebrate George's birthday privately at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home in the country.

Because William is settling into his new job as an Air Ambulance helicopter pilot nearby ... and private is kind of how they roll.

Anyway, happy birthday to the future King! Here's a list of reasons George is already sort of ready to assume his royal throne:

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