Prince George's birthday 'shrouded in secrecy' as Prince William, Kate Middleton protect heir: experts

The elder son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, who turns 10 Saturday, is second in line to the British throne

Prince George will be celebrating his 10th birthday Saturday, but details about the big day are being kept top secret by his doting parents.

The elder son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Prince and Princess of Wales, is second in line to the British throne. He is turning double digits July 22.

Royal watchers can expect a new photo of the prince, likely taken by his mother. The 41-year-old often shoots the royal portraits of her three children that are shared on their birthdays every year. She is also a patron of the Royal Photographic Society. 

But royal experts believe that, aside from keeping up with this tradition, the family will be celebrating out of the spotlight.


A close-up smiling photo of Prince George in a suit and tie

Prince George turns 10 Saturday, July 22. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

"They’ve always been intensely secretive and private about his birthday," royal expert Duncan Larcombe told Fox News Digital. "They’ve never released anything … in terms of a birthday party, and what they do is shrouded in secrecy.

"We are starting to see him a lot more in public these days, but they’re still very keen on keeping him private property rather than public property. His parents have been incredibly hands-on, and they’ve followed a very similar upbringing Kate would have had with two siblings, a close-knit family. … They’re focusing very much on the value of the family.

"They’ve built quite a unique family unit."

Kate Middleton and Prince William wearing light blue outfits holding a newborn Prince George

Prince William and Kate Middleton with their newborn son at St. Mary's Hospital July 23, 2013, in London.  (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It’s believed the family may embark on a summer vacation, People magazine reported. According to the outlet, they traveled to the Caribbean island of Mustique in 2019 for the young royal’s birthday. The tropical getaway was a haven for Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, in the ‘70s. 

The outlet noted the Prince and Princess of Wales have been traveling to Mustique for years, and they even brought along Middleton’s family for one special outing.

Queen Elizabeth wearing a bright green coat dress and matching hat standing next to Prince George

Queen Elizabeth II, England's longest-reigning monarch, died in September. She was 96. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The family has also traveled to Jordan, where Middleton lived from age 2-4 for her father’s job at British Airways. It was the setting for the family’s 2021 Christmas card photo.

The outlet also reported the family may want to stay closer to home. Some of their other favorite travel destinations include the Isles of Scilly and the Lake District.

Kate Middleton and Prince William wearing blue and white coats and wool hats while holding their bundled up children

Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince George and Princess Charlotte March 3, 2016, in the French Alps of France. (John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"If it's anything like their previous birthday celebrations, it will be very low-key — a strict family and friends affair," Christopher Andersen, author of "The King," told Fox News Digital.

"Like Princess Diana, William and Kate are hands-on parents, and they know how important it is for all of their kids to stay grounded, especially George," Andersen said. "Both of George's parents have proven they have the common touch, and they are doing what they can to instill that in him. The last thing they want is for the future king to come off as a spoiled brat. In that effort, they appear to be succeeding."

Andersen pointed out that the late Princess of Wales, William’s mother, wanted to expose her two sons to life beyond palace walls.


Prince William wearing a blue sweater holding Prince George wearing a matching blue sweater

Several royal experts claimed Prince William and Kate Middleton are determined to give their three children as normal an upbringing as possible. (Chris Jackson/Pool/Getty Images)

"They haven't gone as far as Diana did to expose their children to some of the harsher realities of life," he explained. "Diana took her sons to pediatric wards and homeless shelters so they would know about the problems of real people. 

"[She did this so] William and Harry didn't get too full of themselves or feel as if they were better than other people. Diana also made sure they stood in line with everybody else to go to the movies, pick up Kentucky Fried Chicken (her favorite fast food) or go on an amusement park ride."

Kate Middleton wearing a bright green dress holding onto Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Catherine, Princess of Wales, and her family attending the men's singles final at Wimbledon July 16, 2023, in London. (Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

"We haven't seen a lot of that with Diana's grandchildren yet, but William and Kate are trying to make sure they behave themselves at school and in public," Andersen added.

Royal author Katie Nicholl recently gave some hints on how the family will be spending time together this weekend. Sources told her George will have a party either at Windsor Castle or the family’s home in Norfolk, but it won’t be "showy," ET reported.

Kate Middleton wearing a brown and white polka dot dress walking alongside prince william in navy slacks and a blazer with their three children

Prince William and Kate Middleton are parents to three children: Prince George (left), Princess Charlotte (right) and Prince Louis (center). (Jonathan Brady/Pool/Getty Images)

"A lavish party, where there’s a huge expense, is just not William and Kate’s style," Nicholl told the outlet.

Loved ones, as well as George’s friends from both his former and current school, will be present for the festivities, she revealed.

"[Kate] still always bakes the cake," said Nicholl. "She will be doing a tea party. I’m told there’s going to be something of a football theme involved in the celebrations." 

But everything "will stay very firmly behind closed doors."


Kate Middleton wearing a striped navy and blue shirt with jeans holding into Prince Georges hand

Kate Middleton with Prince George at Beaufort Polo Club June 14, 2015, in Tetbury, England.  (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"What is so important is the way William and Catherine are handling matters," royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Fox News Digital. "The balance between public and private seems ideal. … He always looks happy. 

"William was, of course, fortunate in that both his parents adored him. But he did suffer during the 1990s when things went catastrophically wrong publicly. … In contrast, George’s parents have a harmonious relationship."

Prince George making a funny face while wearing headphones

Prince George of Cambridge looks out of the window of a seaplane as he departs Victoria, Canada, Oct. 1, 2016.   (Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage)

Fitzwilliams revealed that while "a lot hangs on George’s shoulders," his parents want to focus on giving him "as normal a life as possible when young."

"They have normal childhoods in all the way they can," British royal expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital. "The release of the birthday portrait is a great example. It satisfies the public curiosity. It’s become a tradition and something we expect, and yet it is usually in play clothes and taken by his mum in the backyard."

Prince George making a funny face at a polo match wearing a suit and tie

Prince George has been making more royal appearances in recent years. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

"The first time that balance between duty and normalcy was ever even attempted was with Princess Diana," she added. "William is continuing that philosophy and setting appropriate boundaries that allow for the children to just be children."

King Charles wearing his royal regalia on his coronation day

King Charles III, Prince George's grandfather, was crowned May 6, 2023, in London.  (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)


King Charles, George’s grandfather, ascended to the throne upon the death of the queen in September. William, 41, is heir to the throne.