We’ve had about 48 hours to revel in the first official photograph of Prince George released by the palace to celebrate the young royal turning one. Dressed in a well-coordinated blue outfit, arms held up as if conducing an imaginary orchestra, a mid-stride George looked equal parts regal and adorable. Our only complaint, given that the photograph was taken at the Natural History Museum’s butterflies exhibit, in London, was that there were no butterflies actually present in the image.
However, the next two photos have now been released and they do not disappoint. In this first one, above, Kate and William have crashed the party! Kate, wearing an appropriate floral green dress, William, and George are each observing some sort of attraction to their left (this one is seemingly ready-made for Photoshop treatments).
But, wait, could George be reaching for . . . might it possibly be . . . is it a butterfly?!? It would appear, moving on to this third one, that he was. And what this lil’ dude wants, this lil’ dude gets, as he has, as we can see, snared the creature.
Kate Middleton’s alleged pregnancy has been garnering a lot of media attention, with at least one new report each week claiming to have exclusive details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s second baby.
Now, Life Style has come out with a new report claiming that Middleton is expecting a baby girl this time around.
Both Prince William and Middleton have expressed their desire to extend their family, and are reportedly eager to welcome a baby girl into their household, a source told Life Style magazine, according to the US edition of IBTimes.
“She feels different this time around. [She] is convinced she’s having a girl,” the palace insider told the magazine, whose cover reads: “Kate And William’s Baby Joy: It’s A Girl!”
On a number of occasions, palace officials have denied such pregnancy rumors. However, this has not prevented the Life Style report from claiming that Middleton is already settling up the nursery for Prince George’s sibling.
Reportedly, Middleton has purchased a lot of little pink dresses for the baby, and she has even put up a modern crib, traditional rocking chair and a number of furnishings in the nursery.
Similar to Middleton’s first pregnancy, this time around too she is experiencing problems with her health. As royal watchers would recollect, Middleton suffered from an acute form of morning sickness when she was pregnant with Prince George.
“She’s lost a lot of weight like she did at the start of her pregnancy with George,” said the insider, and another source added: “Kate is way beyond exhausted.”
Middleton’s pregnancy rumors got a further boost from Princess Diana’s former astrologer, Penny Thornton, who said that Prince George will soon have a baby brother or sister.
Predicting what’s in store for the toddler, who turned one on Tuesday, Thornton told People: “The first big thing that is going to happen to him is the arrival of a new baby brother or sister which will almost certainly be next year.
“The advent of a new sibling will make a big difference to George because he will be knocked off his pedestal, but already we can see he is a charming, outgoing, confident little person.”
On how Prince George would react to a new sibling, the astrologer said that although he will have his share of temper tantrums, the prince is a “happy little person.”
“I expect he will continue to put his little foot down,” Thornton said. “But he is a curious, happy little person who is the epicenter of his parent’s love and attention.”
Originally published: July 22, 2014 6:54 PM
Updated: July 22, 2014 9:26 PM
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England’s Queen Elizabeth II was among the royal guests at her great-grandson Prince George’s first birthday party Tuesday, People magazine reports. The Queen arrived at Kensington Palace, the home of the tyke’s parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, around 4 p.m. local time and remained for 50 minutes, the magazine said. Other guests included George’s maternal grandparents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and their children, Pippa and James; godparents Zara and Mike Phillips and their daughter Mia; the parents’ private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton; and Kate’s friend Emilia Jardine-Paterson. Paternal grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles were away visiting Scotland this week.
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What a year it’s been! To celebrate Prince George‘s first birthday Tuesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton issued a statement to express their gratitude. “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 royal duo said.
In the days leading up to the mini-milestone, a trio of photographs were released showing Prince George visiting the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum with the 32-year-old Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Middleton, as it happens, is Patron of the Natural History Museum.
One year ago today, Prince George was born at 4:24 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. He is third in line to the throne, behind his father, Prince William, and his grandfather, Prince Charles.
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Three months after his birth, Prince George was christened at The Chapel Royal in St. James’ Palace by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. In keeping with royal tradition, Prince George wore a hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were also used during the baptism.
Prince George accompanied his parents on their three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia in April.
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Though he’s the most famous baby in the world, the Cambridges hope to give Prince George a “normal upbringing.” According to royal watcher Katie Nicholl, “They take George to playdates at the homes of friends, among them Kate’s old Marlborough friend Alice St. John Webster, who has a baby several months older than George,” she wrote in Vanity Fair. “His parents have deliberately chosen to keep him out of the limelight,” she added. “William especially wants to protect his son from the media, which he has had to deal with from an early age. There will be occasional official photographs to mark milestones…but the rest of the time George will be left to enjoy a happy childhood away from the media glare.”
At this point, we could probably write our own book on the topic of Kate Middleton‘s pregnancy. The rumor mill has gone back and forth on the subject, with the most recent story coming from Kate’s supposed friend, Jessica Hay. The palace has refused to comment on Kate’s pregnancy, but they’ve also released several reports about how Jessica is no longer in contact with the Middletons. Are they trying to discredit her, or are they trying to send us a message? In the past, they would have just denied the rumors, but I think everybody and their mother knows that an actual pregnancy announcement isn’t that far away.
If Kate actually is pregnant, that means that their press office is just playing cat and mouse with the media. If she’s not pregnant, then they’re going out of their way to make you think that she is pregnant. Either way, it’s a win-win for them. Kate gets to be pregnant one way or another, whether it’s through media fabrication or real life. And eventually, the truth will come out.
We also know that Kate and Prince William are trying for their second baby, thanks to Vanity Fair. By tradition, Kate and Will have to provide the throne with the spare, and they have to do it soon. Since they’re already ‘trying’, then we’d have to assume that they will be successful soon, if they’re not already. Furthermore, new rumors have arisen that The Duchess of Cambridge is carrying a baby girl. Both Prince William and Princess Kate have addressed their desire to have a little sister as a second child to join Prince George.
Kate got pregnant very quickly with Prince George after her wedding, and I don’t think it’ll take them long to conceive again if that’s what they want. And soon, we’ll have another chubby cheeked royal toddler running around and trampling all over bilbies and stuffed toys.