Thursday 18 December 2014

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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George as he points to a butterfly on Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's hand as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George as he points to a butterfly on Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's hand as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend Plunkett's Parent's Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives him a commemorative card during a visit to the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo

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.

This photo dated Wednesday July 2, 2014, was taken to mark the first birthday of Prince George and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum
This photo dated Wednesday July 2, 2014, was taken to mark the first birthday of Prince George and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum

"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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge before they leave Fairbairne Airbase as they head back to the UK after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge before they leave Fairbairne Airbase as they head back to the UK after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia

"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."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they visit the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George of Cambridge as they visit the Bilby Enclosure at Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney

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.

In this handout photo provided by Government House NZ, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend Plunkett's Parent's Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend Plunkett's Parent's Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Royal Charity Polo during the Maserati Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club on June 15, 2014
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge attend the Royal Charity Polo during the Maserati Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club on June 15, 2014

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