The 7-year-old is third in line to the throne and living his best life while his parents carefully apprise him of the fact that he is, indeed, a special little kid

One day, everything that the light touches, will belong to him.

Wait, that’s The Lion King, but Prince George‘s birthright—reign over the United Kingdom and, as of now, 16 commonwealth realms—isn’t too shabby.

The little lad hasn’t yet been apprised of exactly what is in store for him some decades down the road. He may be a big boy all of a sudden, turning 7 years old on Wednesday (even though it feels as if he was just born), but it’s still a little early for The Talk: “A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun…”

Oops, Lion King again. (No wonder that was a 4-year-old George’s favorite movie.) But still, that’s a pretty universal lesson, especially if your universe includes lines of succession, crowns and thrones as George’s does, whether he truly grasps the gravity of the situation or not yet.

What he does know, thanks to his parents, is that he is something called “royalty” and with that privilege comes certain “responsibilities.”

“William and Kate have already talked to George and Charlotte about their future roles,” a source told Closer Weekly in February, “but in a child-like way so that they understand without feeling overwhelmed…George knows there’s something special about him and that one day he’ll be the future King of England.”

But more so than any future king born before him, including his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles, George’s royal education is being put on the back burner for as long as possible so that he can be a well-rounded student of the world first, and a prince a distant second.

After all, he has so many other titles right now, including son, big brother, grandchild, great-grandchild and cousin.

“Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world, and that is so important to both of us as parents,” William told British GQ in 2017. “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”

Lately, however, normality hasn’t been easy to come by for anybody, royal or not. While last year George celebrated his 6th birthday on the super-exclusive isle of Mustique in the West Indies, one of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s favorite vacation destinations, this year’s festivities will be pared down to sweets and games closer to home due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (though the annual birthday portrait, taken by Kate herself, is a given). The U.K. is easing out of a lockdown imposed in March, and Kate and William have begun making in-person appearances again, but social-distancing, wearing masks and other precautions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus are still advised.

The Cambridges spent the remainder of the kids’ school year at their Anmer Hall estate in Norfolk, where the whole family, including George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, would join in the nightly applause that rang through the area in appreciation of the National Health Service and other frontline workers.