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How Prince George will be spending his 6th birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have jetted their family away for a summer holiday – and it falls directly on their eldest son, Prince George’s, 6th birthday on July 22.

Both Prince William and Duchess Kate will be returning to their favourite destination – a tropical villa in the heart of Mustique – along with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, 4, and 15-month-old Prince Louis.

It is the second year in a row little Prince George has celebrated his birthday on the exclusive Caribbean island away from watchful fans and paparazzi.

The island is a haven for both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for the privacy it allows for the family.

The no-fly zone enforced over the island of Mystique allows discretion for the guests, which is a perfect way for the royal family to get some alone time away and let their hair down.

The Duke and Duchess have visited the island a number of times over the years, not just with their children but with Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings Pippa and James.

Not only does Mystique give the promise of privacy, fun and adventure, it also holds a special connection to the royal family. It is the island the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret was gifted a 10-acre parcel by the private island’s previous owner Colin Tenant. The Caribbean has proved to be a source of comfort and distraction during her turbulent marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones in the 1970s.

Prince William and Duchess Kate started their summer holidays at the beginning of the week. Just like they usually do every year, the royal couple will take a break from their duties between July and August and return to their normal schedule in September.

However, the Duke and Duchess are due to make just one exception on Friday, August 9 where they will host The King’s Cup sailing regatta in Cowes in support of their patronages.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince George growing up fast over the past 6 years.