A look back at Prince George's fun-packed year as his 2nd birthday approaches

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It's hard to believe that Prince George is almost two. The last 12 months have been eventful to say the least, with plenty of opportunities for royal fans to coo over pictures of the adorable tot. As his 22 July birthday approaches, HELLO! Online looks back at his most memorable moments from the past year.

The most momentous occasion in George's life so far occurred in May when the arrival of Princess Charlotte made him a big brother. Royal watchers were delighted when Prince William brought him to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital to visit his newborn sister for the first time.

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Prince George, who became a big brother this year, already dotes on little sister Charlotte

Surprisingly, it was the only the second time the youngster had been seen in the country in an official capacity – the first being on the very same steps in July 2013, when his parents proudly introduced him to the world.

Weeks later he was seen in full proud big brother mode, in official portraits of him cuddling his newborn sister on the sofa. In one of the adorable images, which were captured by his mum the Duchess of Cambridge, he can be seen kissing Charlotte tenderly on the forehead.

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A rosy-cheeked Prince George sitting on the steps of Kensington Palace

It would seem that the royal toddler is getting to be something of a pro at official portraits. Last December he starred in his first solo photo shoot – looking confident and cute as a button - on the steps of the palace courtyard. Prior to this, there were the photos taken at the butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum, in which an excited George showed off his walking skills for the first time.

The little boy also attended his highest profile royal event to date, Trooping the Colour - during which he was fascinated by the RAF flypast and delighted crowds with his royal wave from the palace balcony.

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Prince George's first appearance on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Away from the royal spotlight, George has enjoyed many mother-son outings with Kate, including a trip to the memorial playground that was erected in honour of Kate's late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. The pair also visited London's science Museum together as well as a petting zoo, just a short drive from their Anmer Hall home.

And while there were no foreign tours this year – like last year's trip to Australia and New Zealand - he did enjoy an overseas holiday with his mum and grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton to the Caribbean island of Mustique.

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Prince George playing with his mum at the Beaufort Polo Club

He is clearly growing into a boisterous little boy, judging by his recent appearance at the Beaufort Polo Club near Prince Charles' Highgrove home. George was seen running rings around his mum and enjoying rough and tumble play with his cousins Mia Tindall and Savannah and Isla Phillips.

Royal watchers will be hoping to see more of him over the next month at his little sister's christening which will take place on Sunday 5 July in Sandrigham – at the same church where Princess Diana was christened in August 1961. He's also expected to appear in a set of new photos to mark his second birthday.

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