Prince George: New Photo Released of Royal Baby

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Prince George has commanded the world's attention and he's only 8 and 1/2 months old. The royal baby appears--along with parents Kate Middleton and Prince William--in a new family portrait, and he very clearly steals the show.

The photo, released by Kensington Palace this weekend, shows Kate, William and little Prince George, in their apartment at Kensington Palace. It was taken about two weeks ago by photographer Jason Bell who also too Prince George's christening photos. The new photo was released in advance to mark the family's trip to Australia and New Zealand next week. Prince William was just George's age when he made the same trip 31 years ago with his parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

"This is about the coming out of Prince George. It's the first time we're going to see him internationally," royal editor and author Robert Jobson said during an interview with ABC News.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we got a repeat of him crawling around like Prince William did in Australia because it is really all about him on this trip," Jobson said. "This is really the first time we"ll get a good look since the christening."

The family trip will be fashioned to William and Kate's interests, although there will be formal events for the couple to attend. A new nanny, as mentioned in the video clip above, was recently hired by the royals and has flown down under ahead of the royal family. She will care for Prince George when his parent's hands are tied.

Many people have speculated that a new little prince or princess might be on the way for Kate and William, but he set them straight a couple of weeks ago. He mentioned that Prince George was crawling, however "one was enough at the moment."

It will be interesting to see how long that remains the case. Do you expect Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will provide Prince George with a new brother or sister in the near future? In the meantime, their first baby is beyond adorable in the family's new formal portrait.

Image via YouTube

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.