Prince George to celebrate his 5th birthday on Sunday

Prince George will celebrate his fifth birthday on Sunday - a little boy who is growing up fast.

The future king is likely to spend the weekend celebrating his big day with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

But according to reports the party may be taking place in the Caribbean, as William and Kate are rumoured to have taken their children on a summer break to the exclusive island of Mustique.

George has made a number of eventful public appearances over the past 12 months, from starting school to a cheeky moment on Buckingham Palace's balcony, as the royal family celebrated the Queen's official birthday.

But he can sometimes appear a little shy and reluctant in front of the cameras - understandable for a young boy who is slowly getting to grips with life in the limelight.

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at the private maternity unit of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, the Lindo Wing, at 4.24pm on July 22, 2013, weighing 8lbs 6oz.

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The royal family, with Prince George far right, watch the fly-past marking the Queen's official birthday (Yui Mok/PA)

He made his public debut in front of the world's media on the hospital steps one day later, wrapped in a white merino wool shawl, cradled in his proud parents' arms.

A great-grandchild to the Queen, he will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England if, as expected, his reign follows those of the Prince of Wales, then William.

A few months after his last birthday George started his first day at school with his father, but without his mother, Kate. She was experiencing severe morning sickness as she was pregnant with Prince Louis.

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Prince George plays with a toy gun while his father plays polo (Steve Parsons/PA)

The duke managed his parenting duties alone and said later: "It went well. There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children - so I was quite pleased I wasn't the one."

The youngster has just completed his first year at school, attending Thomas's Battersea in south London.

He even played a sheep in his school's Christmas nativity play, and loves helicopters, flying and is obsessed with all things police-related.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after Prince Louis's christening (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

When baby brother Louis was born he joined younger sister Princess Charlotte outside the Lindo Wing in April as they visited their new brother with their father.

In June George and his family joined the Queen and other royals on Buckingham Palace's balcony as the monarch's official birthday celebrations drew to a close with the traditional fly-past.

But the young prince was seen playing up with seven-year-old Savannah, the daughter of Peter and Autumn Phillips, who jokingly put her hand over his mouth.

George was last seen at the christening of his baby brother Louis at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on July 9, and in official photos marking the royal baptism.

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