Birthday cake will be eaten at Kensington Palace today in celebration of baby Prince George’s first birthday! And, he’s already walking…and apparently “charging around” Apartment 1A…according to his daddy Prince William. Let’s take a look at Prince George’s amazing first year….
Prince George Alexander Louis was born at 4.24pm on 22nd July 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. The first child of William and Catherine, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Baby George is third in line to the throne.
One can hardly believe a whole year has gone by since the world’s media pitched their tents and camped out for days in front of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s waiting Prince George to be born. And when he finally emerged from the hospital, swaddled in his baby blanket, in his mummy’s arms…the whole world rejoiced!
The next glimpse we got of him was this lovely family photo taken by Grandpa Middleton himself, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, with their dog, Lupo.
Prince George was christened on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
In keeping with Royal tradition, Prince George wore the hand-made replica of the Royal Christening Robe originally made for Queen Victoria‘s eldest daughter Victoria, The Princess Royal in 1841. George’s gown of delicate Honiton lace and ivory satin was made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were also used during the baptism.
The private service was attended by close family. The guests were The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry, Mr and Mrs Michael Middleton, Mr James Middleton and Miss Pippa Middleton, along with Prince George’s Godparents and their spouses.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose the following people to be Godparents to Prince George: Mr Oliver Baker, Mrs David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor (Hugh), Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel, Mrs Michael Tindall and Mr William van Cutsem.
Following the service, a private tea was held at Clarence House. Guests were served slices of christening cake, which was a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. I think that’s a lovely tradition!
To be sure Prince George gave us a year filled with wonderful photo ops and lovely memories especially on his first overseas trip! In April 2014, Prince George accompanied his parents on their official three week tour of New Zealand and Australia, and received a warm welcome in both countries.
Here are some of our favorites featuring those trademark chubby cheeks photographers around the world have fallen in love with!
In New Zealand, Prince George enjoyed a play date with other babies the same age at Government House in Wellington when the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society arranged a special family gathering.
In Australia, Prince George enjoyed an Easter Sunday trip to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where he met a Bilby named George. Taronga Zoo had named the Bilby enclosure in honor of Prince George’s birth, as part of a conservation program.
It was a big trip for such a young child but he handled it all with adorable grace. Catherine is said to have been ‘relieved’ that he behaved so well in public as he is a bit of a live wire behind the scenes. And we’d expect nothing less of this future monarch!
On Prince Willliam’s first Father’s Day, Baby George and The Duchess of Cambridge went to cheer on his daddy at a charity polo match…and showed the world his emerging walking skills!
And now we celebrate Prince George’s 1st birthday. What an amazing first year he had. To mark the event, a collection of photographs have been released of Prince George visiting the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of the Natural History Museum. These are so beautiful:
A small Peter Rabbit themed birthday party was said to have been thrown at Grandma and Grandpa Middleton’s home. Another private party will be held at Kensington Palace where The Queen is expected to be in attendance.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released this statement for their son’s first birthday: “We would like to take this opportunity on George’s first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them, both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family.”
And we wish them all the joy and love in the world and here’s wishing darling Prince George many happy returns!
Lady “Auntie” Anglophile