Prince George goes by a different name at school – and has an adorable nickname

Prince George, the eldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, turns eight today.

He may only be eight, but he already has an impressive title – His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. And his full name is George Alexander Louis.

He may be the future king, but he still needs to attend school, where he goes by a different name.

When he attends Thomas's School in Battersea, he is known by the name George Cambridge.

This stems from the title of his parents, who are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Historically, kings and princes have always taken their surnames from their fathers titles.

However, he also has a cute nickname at school which is used by his peers.

He has reportedly been nicknamed PG, a shorter and easier version of Prince George.

Some classmates are even believed to have started calling him PG Tips, a nod to the classic British tea brand.

A parent at the school told Vanity Fair: "He's very popular and has a lot of friends, and there's very little fuss made about who he is."

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The nickname is believed to have come from friends of the family, who started calling the future king PG, according to The Mirror.

Kate and William took the next logical step, calling him PG Tips, and then simply Tips.

George's sister Princess Charlotte also goes by a different name at school.

Her full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, is not used.

Mountbatten-Windsor is officially the surname for any of the Queen's descendants who need to use it.

Windsor is the Royal Family name, while Mountbatten was Prince Philip's surname after he became a British citizen.

Instead, she is simply known as Charlotte Cambridge.

Their brother Prince Louis is too young for school, but it is believed he could join his siblings in September 2022 at the age of four.

When he does attend school it is likely he too will be known as Louis Cambridge.

Yesterday the Royal family shared an adorable photo in honour of Prince George's eighth birthday.

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The photo pays a poignant tribute to his late great-grandfather Prince Philip.

In the picture he's sitting on top of his parents' Land Rover Defender with a massive smile on his face.

The famous vehicle will be seen as a poignant tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh, who had a passion for engineering, reported The Mirror.

The Duke, who died aged 99 in April, regularly drove Land Rovers, and his coffin was carried by a specially adapted defender which he helped design.

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