Prince George celebrates first birthday with royal family at Kensington Palace as gifts pour in
Published 22/07/2014 | 15:09
Britain's Prince George will reportedly celebrate his first birthday with a party full of his family today.
The king-to-be will be the centre of attention at the bash this afternoon, which is to be held at Kensington Palace.
Although details are scarce, British newspaper The Telegraph reports that Queen Elizabeth II, George's great-grandmother, will be in attendance. His relative Mia is also expected to be there, along with her mother Zara Phillips who is George's dad Prince William's cousin and one of the tot's godparents. Mia's father Mike Tindall will also be in attendance.
Other guests include William's brother Prince Harry, as well as the parents of George's mother the Duchess of Cambridge.
Some of William and Catherine's friends have also been invited, as many of them have tots of their own. William's father and step-mother, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, won't be in attendance as they are on official business in Scotland at the moment.
William and Catherine - who it's been confirmed will go on her first solo trip abroad, to Malta, later this year - celebrated their son's birthday by releasing three new pictures of him today. They were taken as he visited the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum with his parents and the little one can be seen reaching out to touch one of the winged creatures in a picture. In another, he is seen walking on his own dressed in a blue T-shirt and blue-and-white striped dungarees.
"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," the couple said in a statement.
George has been a lucky boy since he was born, receiving over 4,000 presents. Many of them are sent in by well-wishers, with some kept for the tot to play with and others given to those in need.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do reply to people who have sent in gifts for Prince George, if they have enclosed their details and they do keep some of the presents if they are suitable for Prince George," an insider told The Telegraph.
"Others are donated to charity as they receive so many."
Among the more unusual presents the prince has been given is a crocodile from Australia's Northern Territory. The animal is called George and still lives Down Under, although the royal is sent regular updates about how he is doing. Three meerkats have also been adopted in his honor, while Kenyan tribal elders gifted a goat and bull.