When it comes to celebrating birthdays, most of us appreciate a cake, a few treats and a little get together – there’s little better than friends and family gathering to toast the day you graced their world. But when you’re a British royal, things are a little different, to say the least. As Prince George turns eight today, he’s probably not yet old enough for some of these royal celebrations ... but what might the future king look forward to once he’s older? We look back at some memorable royal birthdays of years past. Is Danish Queen Margrethe’s jewellery box better than Queen Elizabeth’s? Some like to keep it low key Most of us can’t even imagine the kind of entertainment budgets that the royals have at their disposal, but the fact is that most royal family members prefer to keep their celebrations, well, slightly boring. Compared to the kind of epic bashes we’ve become used to seeing US celebrity kids throwing – and advertising on Instagram – anyway. Over the past few years, Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen to spend their birthdays at home, and even their kids have had to go to school on the big day, just like any other “normal” British kid. They might then only get a minor spoil when they’re back at home with their siblings. The Cambridges have also started a tradition of celebrating their kids’ birthdays by releasing portraits on social media, often taken by the duchess herself – how relatable. 6 British royals who write: which of these titled authors have you read? Diana’s saucy surprise for teenage William One royal chef told the UK’s Hello! magazine about a particularly naughty surprise Princess Diana apparently planned for Prince William’s 13th birthday: a “boobs cake”. “I came into work that morning and went down to the refrigerator, opened the door and I was just confronted with the biggest pair of boobs I’ve ever seen in my life,” Darren McGrady told the title. “The princess had ordered a boobs cake for William’s 13th birthday.” A birthday to remember indeed. They get to ditch the royal diary One of the biggest parts of being a working royal is ploughing through a huge list of public engagements throughout the calendar year. In 2019, pre-pandemic, Princess Anne alone fulfilled a whopping 506 official engagements. So perhaps the most special gift that members of “The Firm” can get is the chance to draw a line through the day planner and take a break from the public for some personal time. Kate Middleton’s US$1 million tiara ... and 4 more expensive jewellery pieces Not the queen, though Most people know that the monarch celebrates two birthdays each year – firstly on her actual birthday in April, and on her “official birthday” in June, a day on which the spectacular Trooping the Colour ceremony occurs. Normally it is an epic affair at Buckingham Palace, but this year, as a result of lockdown restrictions and the fact that the queen was in mourning for Prince Philip , the occasion was scaled down and a rather more sombre than usual. Trooping the Colour in 30 seconds! The @scots_guards is one of the toughest fighting units in the @BritishArmy . Famed for their agility, reconnaissance, tactics, combat and specialised mechanised prowess they are brilliant at ceremonial drill too! @RoyalFamily @DefenceHQ pic.twitter.com/KKtW1DqGM4 — The Army in London (@ArmyInLondon) June 12, 2021 But in the past, the sovereign has attended huge concerts and public engagements in celebration of her birthday. Her 92nd was especially memorable, with a jamboree at the Royal Albert Hall with live appearances from Tom Jones, Shawn Mendes, Sting, Shaggy and Kylie Minogue. Prince Charles and the double-dip birthday In recent years, heir to the throne Prince Charles has started celebrating twice on his big birthdays, perhaps getting him used to staying up a little later than normal in preparation for his ascension. For both his 60th and 70th birthdays, the Prince of Wales had multiple functions to celebrate, with a number of them benefiting his charities. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .