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13 Times Prince George’s Expressions Said Exactly What We Were Thinking

We’re right there with you, buddy.

Face facts

From a very early age, Prince George has proved that what he’s thinking is written all over his face. This year, the third in line to the British throne turns 7 years old, and we’re more fascinated than ever by his royal life. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest child appears full of personality, often making completely relatable facial expressions. Although we tend to feel as though we have very little in common with the royal family, maybe, just maybe, we aren’t that different from them, after all. Check out these picture-perfect moments of Prince George that have us saying, “Same, George. Same.”

Wedding bells

As a royal, Prince George has probably been a page boy in more weddings than most kids his age. The famous kiddo and his little sister, Princess Charlotte, were both members of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding party in 2018, and it looks at though George may have been acting a little cheeky at the big event. With his hand clapped over his mouth (maybe to stifle giggles?), we totally get it. Sometimes we get a case of the sillies when we know we’re supposed to sit quietly, too. Fortunately, he had the cover of many other page boys and flower girls around his age.

Sky high

It didn’t come as much of a surprise when Kate Middleton shared that Prince George is obsessed with airplanes. After all, his dad is a pilot who served with the British Armed Forces and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. But during a 2016 Royal Tour of Canada, which he took with his parents, then-3-year-old George looked very much ready to get off of the seaplane they had taken to Victoria, British Columbia, as he smushed his face against the window to get a peek at the outside world. We are right there with you wanting the seat belt sign to turn off and the cabin doors to open, buddy.

Foreign relations

Clearly it was bedtime when Prince George was brought downstairs to meet former President Barack Obama when he was visiting Kensington Palace in 2016. Still smartly dressed for snoozing in a pair of adorable pajamas, a robe, and slippers, we have to believe the boy is thinking, I can’t believe I’m meeting an important world leader in my jammies! We’d be caught off guard, too. Then again, we would be dressed in an old concert T-shirt and sweatpants, so at least George’s pajama game is stylish and strong. These are the surprisingly frugal habits of the royal family.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge comforts Prince George of Cambridge as they attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England.
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Polo problems

Hey, everyone has a bad day, and Prince George looked like he was having just that while hanging with his mom at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy in 2018. While we don’t know the source of the kiddo’s frustrations in this particular instance, you can catch us with our head in our hands on the regular, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll be happy to know that other photos from the event show that George quickly bounced back, running about with family and friends. Way to make lemonade out of lemons!

Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
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Travel troubles

Exploring a new place can be exciting, full of adventure and wonder. But even the biggest travel lovers can grow tired by the end of a busy trip. On the last day of the Cambridges’ official visit to Poland and Germany in 2017, Prince George looks completely over it. Stepping off the plane with Mom, Dad, and Charlotte, the little boy is probably ready to head home. Or maybe sad to say goodbye to the sweet, sweet helicopter he just had the good fortune to check out. Either way, we feel you and your end-of-travel blues, George. If you need a refresher on the royal family’s lineage, here’s a great explainer.

Brother and sister

Admit it, you’ve totally looked at your siblings like this on at least one occasion (but probably many more). During 2019’s Trooping the Colour, an annual celebration in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday held every June, Prince George is looking at Princess Charlotte as though he’s not buying whatever she’s trying to sell, while Charlotte looks quite pleased with herself. Oh, to know the exact exchange between these two. The siblings are reportedly quite close and, according to Harper’s Bazaar, adore their young cousin Archie as much as they do each other. “Charlotte treats Meghan and Harry’s son like a little doll and is always asking after him,” a royal insider told the magazine.

School days

It isn’t easy walking into a room of people you don’t know, even when you’re a prince. On Prince George’s first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in 2017, he looked nervous, just as any other child would. The boy clutched his dad’s hand as he met a school administrator who would help him get adjusted to his new surroundings. That look is the same one we get when walking into a party full of strangers, pleading with a friend not to leave our side. Today, George still attends the prestigious school, now with little sister Charlotte. Check out these photos of his dad, Prince William, acting like a future king.

Quiet, please

Was it something he said? Everyone experiences a case of “foot in mouth” syndrome every now and again. Apparently Prince George’s cousin Savannah Phillips, who is the grandchild of Princess Anne, thought he should watch his own mouth, so she decided to cover it. For his part, George looks like he thinks the whole thing is very, very silly. Savannah is just three years older than George, and she is the Queen’s eldest great-grandchild and the daughter of Peter and Autumn Phillips. Could the prince really have said anything that wrong? We doubt it.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge
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Game over

Attending a royal polo match sounds like it would be a pretty cool thing to experience, right? Now imagine it’s something you do on a regular basis. And you’re a busy toddler who would much prefer to explore his surroundings than sit through yet another sporting event you know nothing about. That’s basically what George’s expression says in this photo. “Another day, another polo match.” It’s safe to say Prince George will have to endure a lot of polo throughout his life. His grandfather, Prince Charles, was an avid player, as was his great-grandfather Prince Philip. Here are just some of the etiquette rules everyone in the royal family must follow.

Prince George of Cambridge being held up at a window of Buckingham Palace by his nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo
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Window watcher

Oh, how we relate to this photo of George looking excitedly out of a window of Buckingham Palace on the day of Trooping the Colour in 2015, when he was just a two-year-old toddler. Particularly now, during pandemic times when we’re encouraged to stay within our own four walls, we feel like we’re also watching the world go by outside and hoping we can get out there again soon. For the record, Prince George is being held by his nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, in the photo. Trooping the Colour is a long-standing tradition, dating back to the 17th century with King Charles II. Read about these other royal traditions you didn’t know existed.

Bubble magic

Royal title or not, kids love bubbles. Heck, grown-ups do, too. So it’s extra sweet to see Prince George mesmerized by the sight of the soapy orbs floating through the air at a children’s party for military families during the Cambridges’ 2016 visit to Canada. There were bubbles, there were animal balloons—it was pretty much a kid’s dream come true. In fact, George likes a lot of the same things kids his age do. As a preschooler, he enjoyed a British cartoon called Fireman Sam, and he loves to dance. At school, he even took a ballet class. Here are more things you probably didn’t know about Prince George.

Serious sulk

Eh, not everything goes our way either, big guy. At the Royal International Air Show in 2016, George got to do some pretty cool stuff, like check out awesome aircrafts. But all good things must come to an end…and he did not look happy about it. This is our pouty face, too. Every so often, the prince has melted down in public. His parents, mom in particular, take it in stride and attempt to casually defuse the situation in ways that don’t cause a big ruckus. For example, at aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding, some mischief caused him to receive a private talking-to.

Too sweet

Prince George really was all of us on Christmas Day when he looked perfectly content sucking on a holiday candy cane after attending church with the Middleton side of the family in Bucklebury, England. Presumably behind that look is a kiddo who is thinking, Is it time for presents yet? In the past, George has asked Santa for a police car for Christmas, according to People.com, and has received sports equipment and art supplies as well.