JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — One year ago on Tuesday, the world was waiting for news from Buckingham Palace on the birth of the next British heir to the throne.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, delivered — literally — and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, his Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
Now Prince George, as he’s called, is a near-toddler who’s taken his first steps, met a bilby named after him, and traveled across the world to Australia and New Zealand with his mom and dad.
“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure,” George’s father, Prince William, has said of his first-born son.
The royal family marked George’s first birthday by releasing two official photos on Monday showing George fascinated by a butterfly exhibit, accompanied by his mom and dad.
The images were shot on July 2 at the Sensational Butterflies exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum by John Stillwell of the Press Association wire service in the U.K. Stillwell also took the photo released Saturday of George, dressed in overalls, taking steps on his own at the exhibit.
On Tuesday, the Royals are celebrating with a family birthday party for Prince George. Kate’s parents and two siblings, Pippa and James, are expected to attend, along with Prince Harry, George’s uncle, and Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter and one of George’s godparents, as well as her husband, rugby star Mike Tindall. George’s paternal grandparents, Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, are on vacation in Scotland.
Jamie Lowther Pinkerton, one of George’s godparents and the long-time private secretary to his parents, was seen arriving at the family’s home at Kensington Palace Tuesday with a birthday present in hand.
Kate made a visit to Buckingham Palace, the home of George’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, early Tuesday afternoon. The Palace got into the spirit of George’s birthday with a rendition of Happy Birthday played outside the Palace Gates.
In addition to the official photos, Kate and William, both 32, issued a statement to mark their first son’s first birthday.
“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,” they said.
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