We are back with a number of Bits and Bytes (our phrase for info-morsels), including news of re-stocked items the Prince has worn.
As Prince George’s first birthday approaches on July 22nd we are seeing an uptick in media coverage. Tonight (Friday, July 11) there is a 30-minute CNN special airing at 10pm EDT/7pm PDT, The Little Prince. In addition to a look at the Prince’s first year, the broadcast features an interview with Jason Bell, the photographer who took the official christening pictures; it is the first interview Mr. Bell has given since taking the historic photographs.
CNN released an abbreviated version of the Bell interview yesterday, you can view the piece by clicking here.
To say there is sizable interest in marking the Princely Birthday would be an understatement. Several publications are featuring George on their covers; below you see HRH on the current issue of Hello! (dated July 14 for those seeking the issue at their local library or newsstand) magazine.
Prince George shares the August Vanity Fair cover with his parents. Many readers will recognize the photo as being from ‘Sunday at the Zoo with George’ (as we called it), taken April 20th at the Sydney Zoo.
The Vanity Fair coverage includes a lengthy story by Katie Nicholl. From the magazine’s synopsis of that piece:
- On George’s colicky beginnings: Kate expressed relief that George behaved well during his first few public appearances. Nicholl reports that for the first few months the prince cried loudly and frequently, and he was not sleeping through the night. Nanny Jessie Webb tried hard to get him into a routine, but the baby prince, who was still breastfeeding, was permanently hungry. Nicholl reveals that it was only in the new year, when Kate introduced solids, that George finally slept through the night.
- On Prince George’s upbringing: Nicholl reports that William and Kate want George to enjoy a normal upbringing. They take George to playdates at the homes of friends, among them Kate’s old Marlborough friend Alice St. John Webster, who has a baby several months older than George.
Ms. Nicholl’s article also has more on April’s tour of New Zealand and Australia, Nanny Webb and the redecoration of the family’s Kensington Palace home. (There seems to be little new on this front, other than echoing what was reported last year about Kate’s selection of Beatrix Potter-themed items from Dragons of Walton Street.)
To see the entire preview of the August cover story, visit Vanity Fair here.
Also today, word that we should expect a new formal photograph sometime around George’s birthday. There is speculation it will be set at a Natural History Museum exhibit, Sensational Butterflies. The family was seen at the exhibit with a photographer July 2nd, it would be a lovely setting for any pictures.
If curious how Prince William spent his first birthday, he celebrated with his nanny, as Charles and Diana were touring Canada at the time.
We want to share a few quick updates about items Prince George has worn:
- both Childrens Salon and Trotters have the Early Days ‘Alex Pre-walker’ shoe back in stock, with both stores showing a good selection of sizes online.
- Trotters has shared good news: they are exclusively carrying the Milo bodysuit from Chelsea Clothing Company in pale blue and white. This is the piece Prince George wore underneath his Rachel Riley sailboat smocked dungaree at his Plunkett playdate in New Zealand. I’ve not yet sorted out if the version with the navy piping at the collar is going to be re-issued, and if so, where to purchase the piece.
- The smocked dungaree is so popular Rachel Riley says it can take up to 8 weeks for the piece to be delivered.
If reading this *after* the CNN special airs, I would search for “CNN Spotlight Prince George,” or similar words. It looks like the show is rebroadcast in full and segments can be viewed online.