William and Kate release adorable pictures of Prince George to mark his third birthday


New pictures showing Prince George at play on a swing and with the family dog Lupo have been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate their son's third birthday.

William and Kate thanked well-wishers for messages of support they have received marking their eldest child's milestone on Friday.

Prince George stands on a swing with William and Catherine's names inscribed on it (Matt Porteous/PA)

Four images have been issued by the royal couple showing the young prince in the grounds of their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.

Prince George wearing a striped jumper and grey shorts in woodland  (Matt Porteous/PA)

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs.

Prince George sits on a swing (Matt Porteous/PA)

"They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday."

Prince George holds an ice cream near a black dog's face (Matt Porteous/PA)

Photographer Matt Porteous, who took the pictures in mid-July said: "I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I'm honoured that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday."