Happy Birthday Prince George!
It feels a little odd after the flurry of the new family photos, and our retrospective post looking back over the year, to share a post with no new photos of His Royal Highness, nor loads of new info. But because of the occasion I wanted to cobble something together, so here we go, beginning with sentiments of the day as expressed on Twitter by the folks from the Tour de France.
Their were ‘official celebrations’ to mark the occasion, Rebecca English has details in her story for the Daily Mail:
….Kate, accompanied by her nanny, Maria Borallo, and a police protection officer, drove George to Buckingham Palace so the little prince could see his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who was unable to attend the party due to work commitments.
Arriving at around 11am, they spent an hour at the Queen’s official residence and as they were inside the band of the Irish Guards played a tuneful rendition of Happy Birthday in honour of George’s big day.
(These next two paragraphs are from today’s WKW post.) Prince Charles and Camilla were unable to attend as they have been carrying out official duties in Scotland; but the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (as they are titled in that country) did receive birthday presents for Prince George. Below you see Charles with a giant red squirrel presented to him on behalf of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the native red squirrel is endangered and HRH was visiting a sanctuary for the animal. (Our thanks to Radio Tay News for tweeting this image!)
Camilla was also given a gift for the Prince, a tweed teddy bear.
The Duchess took part in Edinburgh International Fashion Festival activities today, making this a perfect gift. Scotland’s Harris Tweed textiles are renowned and the industry is experiencing a resurgence that is wonderful to see.
LEGOLAND Windsor designed a birthday party for Prince George.
A closer look at the family (ahem) shows Kate & William in party hats, George in his high chair, and Lupo gazing intently at the table. More specifically, the cake. I think he’s after the cake, don’t you?
You can see more photos of the display at the LEGOLAND Windsor Facebook page.
More updates on the availability of George’s Petiti Bateau overalls/shortall, our first from Anni, who left a comment telling us German retailer Tausendkind is still offering the piece, she purchased the shortall today for her little boy. Click here to check the store’s inventory, the item is on sale for 43 €, about $60.
Another commentor, Katrin, shared that the Petit Bateau dungarees are offered online by another German merchant, My Toys. They are available in smaller sizes, 3M and 6M *and* discounted by 50%, click here to visit the website.
Special publications celebrating HRH’s first year continue to be released, the Daily Mirror has published a souvenir magazine, George’s First Year.
From my limited view of things, perhaps the photograph that best sums up the Cambridge’s joy in their little boy is this one, taken during the recent tour as the Plunket play date wrapped up.
- Click here to see the official Clarence House Storify on the day’s events, it’s filled with birthday greetings, photos and more
- there is also a Storify of George’s first year, click here to see that
- Visit the new Prince George page/section of the official Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website
- Hello! Canada has a cute list detailing 10 of HRH’s Favorite Things
- to see some of George’s cutest faces, click here for a compilation from Hello!
- Victoria Murphy’s story in the Daily Mirror is here, along with a 30-photo gallery from the last year
- Click here to read Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story about the day’s events
- the Daily Telegraph has a piece titled “How Georgeuous Won Our Hearts“
- our pal Victoria Arbiter is part of a CNN segment about George‘s first year
- the Vanity Fair story by Katie Nicholl is now available online