Prince George: how is royal baby celebrating first birthday?

Prince George in his birthday portrait

As Prince George turns one, here's everything you need to know about the third in line to the throne

LAST UPDATED AT 09:04 ON Tue 22 Jul 2014

Despite being third in line for the throne and receiving thousands of gifts since he was born, Prince George is celebrating his first birthday today with a "low-key tea party". Prince William and Kate Middleton are inviting friends and family to Kensington Palace to mark the occasion but have insisted that they don't want their son to be showered with gifts.

The Daily Telegraph says the plea appears to be "well justified" given that insiders say the prince has received 4,000 gifts since he was born, including three meerkats, a crocodile, two fattened bulls, a heifer and a goat.

Michael and Carole Middleton will attend the tea party today, along with Aunty Pippa and Uncle James. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are in Scotland on official duties, but Buckingham Palace staff have not ruled out a visit from the Queen.

He started the festivities early by getting himself onto the cover of Vanity Fair's August edition, which raised some eyebrows by describing Prince George as an "eligible bachelor". Nevertheless, Today.com reports that he has already received a marriage proposal - from a 10-month-old Australian admirer who popped the question by printing it on a T-shirt.

An official portrait (above) of the young prince was released in advance of his birthday, showing the royal toddler walking confidently, arms aloft. It was described as "rather underwhelming" by the Independent, but the Daily Telegraph is impressed by the prince's "boisterous energy". The paper adds: "With his arms outstretched and his eyes fixed on where he is going, the prince strides along the ground looking every inch the confident toddler."

As the celebrate Prince George's birthday, we review a busy first year in the life of the young prince.

When was Prince George born?

The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early hours of 22 July 2013 and George Alexander Louis, Prince George of Cambridge, came into the world at 4.24pm that day, in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, with his father at the bedside. George weighed 8lb 6oz, according to the BBC

How is he doing now?

More recent figures on Prince George's weight have not been made public, but in April the Daily Telegraph reported that the Prince was expanding rapidly when he toured New Zealand and Australia with his parents. Visiting the Uluru rock, Kate told 17-year-old Shannon Hunt that George had grown an "extra fat roll" while away from home.

When was Prince George christened?

George Alexander Louis (he doesn't need a surname, but could use Mountbatten-Windsor, Wales or Cambridge) was christened at a low-key ceremony in St James's Palace, London, on 23 October last year. His first name surprised nobody – 'George' had long been the bookies' favourite, said the BBC

Who was Prince George named after?

The new prince is third in line to the throne and if he one day reigns, it will be as George VII. The significance of Alexander is not known but Louis is thought to be a tribute to Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip's uncle, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Was George popular in New Zealand and Australia?

In a 1983 break with royal protocol, Princess Diana insisted her nine-month-old son, Prince William, go with her on a royal visit to Canada. Twenty-one years later, William's own son made a similar public overseas tour, this time to Australia and New Zealand. And, judging from the presents he received (not to mention the marriage proposal), George was the PR hit of the trip. The Telegraph published this list of gifts received by Prince George during the royal visit:

  • miniature 'Sealegs' amphibious boat
  • Avanti 'Lil Ripper' bicycle and crash helmet
  • baby-sized cycling jersey with HRH Prince George on the back
  • child-sized flying helmet lined with possum fur
  • kangaroo backpack
  • giant cuddly wombat
  • customised surfboard
  • rocking horse
  • boomerang
  • a soft toy bilby (an Australian marsupial)
  • a yellow car sticker that reads 'Wild Child on Board'
  • skateboard with 'George' and two kangaroos painted on it
What else has Prince George received?

It's not just admiring members of the public who have showered the royal infant with gifts. According to The Sunday Times, Prince George has also received "a blue tricycle" from Boris Johnson, a "precious stone globe with a cross" from the Pope, a blanket from Barack Obama and a breakfast set from the prime minister of Malta.

Finally, what sort of pyjamas does the young prince wear?

Thanks to a royal walkabout in Crieff, we know that George has a pair of Spiderman pyjamas. However, his mother told local resident Lianne McNamara that George is too small to wear them just now, the Telegraph reported.

 

Prince George pictured at the polo walking for the first time

16 June

One month shy of his first birthday, Prince George has been showing off his walking and sporting skills at a charity polo match on Father's Day.

With a little help from the Duchess of Cambridge, the third in line to the throne toddled along as his father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry took part in the annual Jerudong Trophy match at Cirencester Park Polo Club in Gloucestershire.

The young prince even played with a soft football on the grass, prompting several UK newspapers to conclude that he should be playing in the World Cup.

"Get him to Brazil!" cries The Sun. "Prince George is great dribbler... and good at dummies... and already plays at Palace."

The Times believes it is "only a matter of time" before Prince George follows in the family tradition and is seen on a polo pony. "Prince George, who celebrates his first birthday on July 22, was on lively form," says the newspaper. "He wriggled incessantly in his mother's arms until she put him down, whereupon he immediately started to crawl away from her and into the path of a polo pony, when she swiftly picked him up again."

The Daily Telegraph agrees that he looks like an "aspiring sportsman in the making" as he "keenly grabbed" at polo mallets lying on the ground.

Prince William and Prince Harry are regular players at the Jerudong Trophy match, with the Duke last year leaving his heavily pregnant wife to play in the tournament.

Prince William and the Queen have been found to be significantly more popular than the UK's best-known politicians, according to a recent poll of more than 2,000 people. The Duke is more popular than his grandmother, while Prince Charles trails 20 percentage points behind them both. · 

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Lets us all hope it isn't a boy who looks like Harry!

Someone needs to tell these folks that a due date isn't actually a date. It's a span of time PLUS OR MINUS TWO WEEKS. If William was born 10 days "early," it still wasn't early.

Kate and William should choose the place where they feel the most comfortable.....END of discussion!

Is there still a chance for twins for the royal couple, because of the rare morning sickness she had?

Exactly

I do think that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge should choose the place where they feel comfortable..... Kate could give birth any day now.

THANK GOD you have covered this story.

I was starting to think that The Week had no interest at all in brave Kate and her gestation. You've barely written anything about it at all and I have often had to turn to the Daily Mail for updates.

Please keep up the good work. News? Schmews!

I don't want to read about anything else ever again because endless speculation about this is all that matters in the world.

The baby will be a Leo the Lion (Kate's Mother knows the plan) the stolen symbol of royalty and was conceived on October 31st - the lion is a universal symbol of courage which the royals and any one who bows their head to them has not cultivated within themselves. The royals plan everything by astrology and ritual. Don't believe me, do the research. The royals are not who we think they are and it is time for the rule by bloodlines to be done away with. Belief in rule by bloodlines is holding humanity back from evolving into the sacred, sovereign beings we are meant to be. The royals have hijacked humanity, held back how to live a sacred spiritual life and use knowledge about how humanity works to rule over us. Time for bloodlines and those that bow to them to evolve and get back on track. Life will be better.

Haa haaa, makes me laugh... The baby will come when it's ready... due date indeed?? Nature runs to its own schedule :)

Absolutely! In fact, I think she should have it at home... that'd really stuff the journalists. :)

Perhaps Kate Middleton baby some how trying to avoid July 2013 as OUT OF BOUND MARS period under which baby grand father Prince Charles and Uncle Prince Harry were born. Baby may know the occult science of Planets and Constellations.

Im thinking the baby will be born Sunday July 21,2013 i say around 1:30pm....just guessing for fun

At long last, is it not time for the "Once and Future King" to return? Let the Duchess of Cambridge and her Prince name the newborn boy after Prince William's middle name:

Let it be: Arthur

Let us rejoice in the possibility and hope of Virtue's return; In the promise of that brightest city of light, on that hill that is Camelot.

This story is getting boring. Even though I like the boys and Kate, come on, she's not the first or last to give birth.

one word about this article...... spellcheck!

.The Author of this article perhaps should in future spell check. or read through before submitting as Biorth is actually , Birth

i think there is another month or more to go as they announced before 12 weeks which means they "got lucky" in december...8 months ago and it takes just over 9 to develop...

I'd believe your rant more if your name wasn't Buckingham.

She gave birth in the palace a week ago. The press will not get their hands on a picture of this kids for a pretty long time!

let it be 22nd my birthday and if its a boy call him richard arfter me..lol

Rare morning sickness? I think most women experience morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy. It is more rare not to.

is it too late for an abortion?

there is no such thing as rare morning sickness :) morning sickness is common morning ,afterniin or night! :)

You are a stupid idiot. Just let this baby come into this world without stupid idiots like you.

I hope its a girl and born on my birthday 28th july

aww the bab y must be beautiful like kate and william awww so cute little couple wih a babey godmake her better

Lol..you misspelled Spell check.

22nd is Full Moon so you just might get your wish

It wasn't "normal" morning sickness, it was a rare type that only affects 1 in 200 women and is dangerous as they are constantly vomiting and at high risk of dehydration and malnutrition - this is why she was taken into hospital for it. I really wish people would get their facts right before spouting nonsense.

Then I must have had that "rare" morning sickness because I had the very same thing happen to me. I couldn't stop vomiting and had to be hospitalized due to being dehydrated. Again morning sickness is not rare in itself, the circumstances that sometimes occurr may be rare. In my case it was because I didn't know how to manage my morning sickness. And sometimes excessive nerves can cause this as well.

" I really wish people would get their facts right before spouting nonsense." I am sure you have all the facts though, so what do I know. Are you a doctor?

No but I do read more than the headlines and tabloids. The condition Kate had is called hyperemesis gravidarum - look it up and educate yourself like I did ;o)

I had hyperemesis with my last 3...in and out of the hospital.....but all 3 were born healthy 10 lbs 2 oz, 7 lbs 15 oz and 9 lbs 3 oz.....

That is good to hear, hopefully Kate will also have a healthy delivery ;o)

It's a bouncing baby lizard!

The baby was born at 4.24pm not 4.42pm - if you are going to make a report then please get the facts right first.

looks like it, you are here aren't ya?!

Let the nature decide rather to discuss here. Do we have any role in her pregnancy and now in delivery except we pray for all of them.

Congratulation Kate and William.
What will be their baby name? Guess. I have picked my favorite boy names from htp://www.babynology.com

Paul GEORGE, LeBron JAMES... why not KEVIN Durant? :D That baby has good genes to play basketball one day.

Three top favorites at present. Wolfgang - Fritz Heinz

Britain being renamed Lunatic Britain - such fuss over trivia.

PRINCE KURT

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