With Prince George’s first birthday just days away, 3 new photos of the future monarch are being released to the public. Here is the first of three.
Who do you think George looks like, his mother or father?
(All the details on what Prince George wore can be found toward the end of the post.)
The other pictures will be released Monday, July 21st.
Who could forget these first images of the newborn as he was introduced to the world?
Our next look at the young Prince came via photographs taken by his grandfather, Michael Middleton.
Released mid-August 2013, the photographs show Kate, William and George (as well as Lupo and Tilly, the Middleton’s golden) at the Middleton’s Bucklebury estate.
Two months passed before George was seen again; the occasion was his christening.
It’s fascinating to note how much more expressive his face became in those short two months.
The Prince was not seen again publicly until February of this year, when he was part of the annual Middleton vacation on Mustique.
The photographer who took the official christening photos, Jason Bell, was hired again by the Duke and Duchess for a family picture released to coincide with Mother’s Day/Mothering Sunday (observed March 29, 2014 in the UK). George was just about 8 months old in this photograph.
It wasn’t long after that the young family departed for their royal tour of New Zealand and Australia; we were treated to many pictures of the Prince. Below you see Kate carrying him when changing planes at the Sydney airport.
On the tarmac at the airport.
And then it was the official arrival in Wellington, New Zealand.
It was the first good look at Prince George for millions.
For his part, George looked… bemused.
Most likely he was simply exhausted, dealing with the travel impact and schedule changes.
The love affair with the Prince really took off when photos and video were released of his playdate with other children his age. The event was organized by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, simply called Plunket by most, an organization that is the “….largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5….” in the country.
Prince George wasn’t sure what to make of his very own Plunket bear…it looked very large.
He took to the other toys with zeal.
We next saw His Highness as the family bade goodbye to New Zealand.
Once again, the wee Prince was very well-behaved.
He was equally even-tempered for the family’s arrival in Australia.
But not when it came to his giant wombat: he appeared intrigued by the furry creature.
George next ‘made the scene’ on Easter Sunday. He was part of a brief ceremony naming the Prince George Bilby Exhibit at the world-famous Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.
He found the live bilbys fascinating.
If given half a chance he would have been inside the enclosure introducing himself to the little creatures in person, I’m convinced of it.
When Kate, William and George arrived in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, George maintained his sartorial elegance. (Written with tongue planted firmly in cheek.) He coordinated perfectly with both parents in a bright blue and navy ensemble.
As the Cambridges waved goodbye to Australia, wrapping up the royal tour, George was dashing in his red cardigan and dungaree overalls.
With a baleful glance at the jet engines making quite the ruckus, George was headed home.
It wasn’t long before we saw those snappy red and white stripes again.
The occasion? Prince George joined his mother as they watched both Princes William and Harry play polo in June. In the photo released today George is wearing striped short overalls from Petit Bateau, the official name for the item on most sites seems to be ‘Forcing Stripe’.
The dungarees have a kangaroo pocket on the top front, two front pockets and two back pockets; heavy duty snaps and fasteners stamped with the brand’s sailboat logo. You can also see that logo on the lining of the piece, George seems to be wearing his with the strap turned inside out.
While the overalls sold out quickly on most sites, a few remain in limited sizes on the US Petit Bateau site, as well as at Diapers.com (available here), from CloudoKids.com, from Look via the Sears Marketplace site (at what appear to be higher prices) and at House of Fraser in the UK. The red striped version remains available in limited sizes as well, we show it at Melijoe ($33.60) and at Child’s Play (on sale for £19) in the UK.
It is possible George is wearing a coordinating piece from Petit Bateau, the brand’s Bodysuit with Polo Neck.
But it’s just as possible he is in a top from any number of other brands. We’ll look more closely at the hi-res photo later this evening to see if it provides any clues.
George was also wearing a pair of his ‘go-to shoes (also said with tongue in cheek), the Early Days Alex Pre-Walkers, we show them at Trotters.
As mentioned above, the other two photos will be released Monday; our post showcasing those images will also contain a host of links we think you will enjoy. One such link is seen in the three-shot below: Hello! magazine has edited together a 2-minute video of photos and video from George’s first year.
We’ll see you again on Monday when we share the additional photos being released.