Happy birthday, George: 8 unknown facts about the future king

Today is a very special day in the royal family in Britain, as Prince George, the future King of England, turns three. 

Prince George stole our hearts from the moment we saw his cherub-like face back in July 2013. 

As the third in line to the British throne, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has lived something of a fairytale life over the past three years. 

We are here to highlight some of the most interesting (and bizarre) facts about George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. 

He is exempt from the Freedom of Information act

Unlike the rest of society, the Royal Family are exempt from the Freedom of Information act in Britain. The act creates a public right of access to information held by public authorities. The only public body exempt from this act is the Royal Family. 

He calls the Queen 'gan gan'

To most, the Queen of England is known as her majesty, but to her darling great-grandson, she is simply 'gan gan.' 

His face is on a coin and a stamp

A far cry from your typical toddler, little George has already been immortalised on a coin and a stamp in Britain. The coin is priced anywhere between €15 and €70,000. The more expensive coins contain a kilogramme of gold in each.

He's a style icon already

George has become something of a style icon, much like his mother and paternal grandmother Princess Diana.  He was ranked No. 49 on GQs "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain" list in 2015. In 2016, the bathrobe he wore while meeting Barack Obama sold out after he was seen wearing it. 

His favourite book is Fireman Sam

His mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, bought George a Fireman Sam story when she opened a Children’s Hospice in Norfolk, England in March 2016. She told the staff of the hospice that “Fireman Sam is George’s favourite.”

His nanny is also a body-guard

In addition to basic child care, Prince George's nanny is trained in self-defense. She has to be able to protect the Prince from threats anywhere from kidnapping attempts to unrelenting paparazzi.

He has SEVEN godparents

Two just didn't seem sufficient for the young Prince, so in keeping with Royal tradition, George was given a number of godparents. Among the seven godparents is Zara Tindall, Prince William's cousin; Julia Samuel, a good friend of the late Princess Diana; Prince William's former secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and the son of the Duke of Westminster, Earl Grosvenor.  

He's related to Beyoncé (sort of)

The website findmypast.co.uk, which uses a computer genealogy program to trace the roots of various celebrities, showed that Prince George was 23rd cousins twice removed with Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z.

 

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