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Prince George's First Birthday

Prince George celebrates his 1st birthday on 22nd July 2014. To mark the event, a collection of photographs have been released of Prince George visiting the "Sensational Butterflies" exhibition at the Natural History Museum with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of the Natural History Museum.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said on the occasion: "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."

This is the story of Prince George's remarkable first year...



The birth of Prince George

Prince George was born at 4.24pm on 22nd July 2013 at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. As the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge he is third in line to the throne, and news of his birth was celebrated the world over. 



Kensington Palace Press Office issued a press release at 8.30pm that day, to inform the world's media that "The Duchess of Cambridge had been safely delivered of a son".

Following Royal tradition, an official announcement was then taken from the hospital and driven to Buckingham Palace before being placed on an easel in the forecourt of the Palace for the public to view. People queued outside the gates of Buckingham Palace the following day, to read the traditional notice.

The news was also posted on Their Royal Highnesses' official website and across all Royal social media channels. We asked our Twitter followers to tell us if they were welcoming any new arrivals the same day by using our hashtag #WelcometotheWorld. Lots of people responded and here is the resulting Storify.

The Duke and Duchess left hospital with their new son on 23rd July. They paused on the steps of the Lindo Wing to allow the world to catch a first glimpse of the new-born prince.

The Duke of Cambridge then safely installed his new son into the car seat, before he drove his family home to Kensington Palace.

On 24th July, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they would name their child George Alexander Louis. He would be formally known as Prince George of Cambridge.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge formally registered the birth on 2nd August, when The Duke of Cambridge signed the birth register at Kensington Palace, witnessed by a Registrar from Westminster Register Office.

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Photos

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at the Natural History Museum

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at the Natural History Museum

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at the Natural History Museum

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at the Natural History Museum

  • Look who's walking... Prince George turns one

    Look who's walking... Prince George turns one

  • The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in New Zealand

    The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in New Zealand

  • Prince George attends a play group at the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

    Prince George attends a play group at the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

  • The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in New Zealand

    The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George in New Zealand

Prince George's Christening

Prince George was christened on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.



In keeping with Royal tradition, Prince George wore the hand-made replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were also used during the baptism.

The private service was attended by close family. The guests were The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry, Mr and Mrs Michael Middleton, Mr James Middleton and Miss Pippa Middleton, along with Prince George’s Godparents and their spouses.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose the following people to be Godparents to Prince George: Mr Oliver Baker, Mrs David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor (Hugh), Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel, Mrs Michael Tindall and Mr William van Cutsem.

Following the service, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall gave a private tea in Clarence House. Guests were served slices of christening cake, which was a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.

Official Photographs

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a number of official photographs of the family to mark important moments of Prince George's first year.
The first photographs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to release of their new family were taken by Mr. Michael Middleton in early August in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.



These were followed by the official photographs of the Prince George's Christening, which were taken by photographer Jason Bell. This included a historic photograph of four generations of the monarchy, with The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George.

In March 2014, ahead of their tour to New Zealand and Australia, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a further picture of their family, including their dog Lupo, at their home in Kensington Palace. This was taken by Jason Bell.

A further selection of photographs was released in July 2014 to mark Prince George's first birthday, which show Prince George enjoying a family day trip to see the butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

Prince George's First Official Tour

In April 2014, Prince George accompanied his parents on their official three week tour of New Zealand and Australia, and received a warm welcome in both countries.

In New Zealand, Prince George enjoyed a play date with other babies the same age at Government House in Wellington when the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society arranged a special family gathering. Prince George was presented with a Plunket bear and a book to commemorate the day.



In Australia, Prince George enjoyed an Easter Sunday tip to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where he met a Bilby named George.  Taronga Zoo had named the Bilby enclosure in honour of Prince George's birth, as part of a conservation programme.

Prince George was generously presented with many official gifts during the three week tour, including a bike, a miniature boat, and a cuddly wombat, from the Governor General of Australia.

On leaving Australia, The Duke of Cambridge said: "We go away with wonderful memories, and George goes away with his cuddly wombat, which he has taken to chewing so lovingly. We greatly look forward to coming back. And when we do return, it will be to marvel again at all that Australia is, and will yet become".

Videos

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at the Plunket play group

  • The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

  • Prince William and Catherine Middleton engagement photocall

  • Prince William and Catherine Middleton visit St. Andrews University

  • Catherine Middleton walks down the aisle

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    An archive selection of photos of Royal babies throughout history.

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    Happy Birthday Prince George

    On 22nd July 2014, Prince George turned one. It's been an incredible first year for the young Prince. Thank you to all of you who used the hashtag #HappyBirthdayPrinceGeorge to send your birthday wishes.

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  • The Royal Visit to New Zealand

    The Duchess of Cambridge in New Zealand

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