Prince George turns one year old, celebrates with butterfly photos: adorable?


Prince George is one year old today. Just think… one year ago, I was SO MAD at Duchess Kate and Prince William for the way they were making us wait all friggin’ day to announce any kind of news about the birth. They really made everybody wait for hours and hours after the birth. I still don’t know what that was about. Anyway, happy birthday Prince George. May you find something to kill, squeeze or slap today. William and Kate issued a statement ahead of his 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.”

[From People]

For his birthday, Clarence House released two more George photos from the same Butterfly Exhibit at the National Maritime Museum. We’ve already seen one photo from this bunch over the weekend. In these new photos, you can see William letting a butterfly land on his hand and George is reaching for the wings. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think that butterfly is dead now. George crushed it and then ate it. This trip – with nannies and at least one professional photographer in tow – happened back in June.

Incidentally, this is what photographer John Stillwell had to say about the photoshoot: “He’s quick on his feet. He was walking towards me – I was kneeling down to take the picture and he was on top of me as soon as he started walking. He was very quick. He looked really steady on his feet.” Ha. Subtext: George was on top of him within a matter of seconds and Stillwill got a baby fist to the eye and sharp baby-kick to his ankle. Stillwell’s camera is now broken and Stillwell is now on disability. Probably. Stillwell also said George was enchanted by the butterflies: “He was fascinated to see the them fly but a little scared when they got a bit close to him.”

George apparently will have a birthday party in Kensington Palace today. Harry, Pippa and the Queen are supposed to come by.


Photos courtesy of Clarence House/PA Wire.

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  1. Rusty machine says:

    Baby fist to the eye and sharp baby kick to his ankle? Disability? Haaaaaaaaaa. Killing me Kaiser.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    They look really sweet. He’s so adorable.

  3. Sullivan says:

    A lovely set of photos. The kid is adorable. Mom looks pretty. Dad looks engaged.

  4. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Happy Birthday George you adorable little muffin, no denying you are a boss already.

  5. Amelia says:

    Okay. That picture with all three looking up and George looking all thoughtful is really, really lovely.
    I guess the upside to being part of The Firm is that you get so many memories professionally captured. I think my baby album consists of several varieties of cake smushed all over my face and one of me upturned in a bin.
    Damn good childhood :)

    • Isa says:

      No one ever takes photos of me and the kids and the rare occasions they do I look terrible. :(

      • Aussie girl says:

        Yes this happens to me too! I’m convinced my son will think I was never there when he was younger! And yes the ones I do get I look just awful.

      • Kori says:

        I used to take the photos rather than be in them because I hate how I photograph. Finally I just joined in so my kids knew I was actually present. Lol I love the advent of digital cameras though–so much better than trying to parcel out your 12/24/36 images per roll and then wait for developing–only to find out you’d chopped everyone’s head off or something.

      • booboobird says:

        same here. in the evening after the last kidlets b-day i just sat there bawling that all those 2 pictures that i’m on, i look terrible plus the kids look every possible direction but at the camera. and one is picking his nose, other is reaching for a candle and third one is rolling his eyes. cheeeese indeed

    • Kris says:

      Ha! I was the second child and I always gave my parents shit about how my brother ‘s baby book was all nicely filled out and documented, and mine literally had my name and birthdate. That’s it. Seriously. I asked my mom about it and she’s all, “eh, with the first kid you get all excited and take tons of pics and document everything, but by the time you came it wasn’t a big deal anymore”, ha ha!!

  6. L says:

    I’m amused by the George drool on Kate’s shoulder in that one picture.

    Cute baby, seems to really be a happy kid

  7. Abbott says:

    Safe to say all those butterflies are dead. George folded them up into a cheese steak sandwich and ate ‘em. Happy birthday, Royal Hulk.

  8. Jen2 says:

    This family looks like something out of central casting. Cute baby doing cute baby things. Happy, smiling parents who are engaging with the child and best of drool on the expensive dress. They are all cute though. Sweet photos.

    • Deedee says:

      With all the Photoshop employed, they had to leave the drool to prove that “Kate is such a hands-on mom! She is just like us!” Search for some pictures of Princess Estelle and then come back to these photos and you’ll see a huge difference in the families and the photography.

    • T.C. says:

      It does look all stagey to me with Kate and Will doing their professional posing. George is the only one who looks natural so I kinda wish he was the only one in frame. Besides it’s his birthday. We got pictures of Kate alone on her birthday, ditto Wills. Let King George have his day.

      • FLORC says:

        The photos released will always be cute and happy. Another version of the family will never be seen from a professionals lense. Still, photos are lovely and while I hate the vivid filter used that’s a skilled photographer.

      • Belle says:

        I think they are lovely photos, but the only one that looks really ‘posey’ to me is Kate. George is obviously not posing… and Will is posing somewhat, but still seems to be interacting as he would be with George in that situation. Kate looks like she is smiling for the camera and glancing at the butterfly ‘stuff’. Can’t have another photo where she is caught with her mouth gaping open (which is then photo shopped so it isn’t open quite as much).

        I kind of wish they would release a few photos of George that are a bit more formal. I get it, they are just like us, and like to release photos that stick with that messaging, but I’m sure they are having other photos taken, right?

      • Mia V. says:

        Beyoncé doing a butterfly themed photoshoot with Blue in 3,2,1.

      • pippa middle says:

        TC AGREE +200 Prince George is not a PR prop for those two workless parents.
        PG is ahead from he was introduced on the steps to the world, with his wave. He is strong, wonderful character, backbone and with RF Windsor ladies strength, dedication to duty Q Victoria, Mary, QEl and now HM QE2 seen to be in his DNA, incl grannie P Di and grandpa PC hardwork; PG. can overcome the flaw from the social climbers middletrash, waity doolittle and P Willnot. PG will be a strong King like uncl P Harry iwhen dad or the powers abdicate Willnot (another K Eddie n Wally).

        Its shame the young Princesses B*E P Andrew heirs not included to PG milestones. Waity doolittle exclude them as they are friends of Willnot exes.

  9. Prospect1 says:

    Any thing Prince George does is cute. Adorable.

    Still don’t care much for William or Kate. Cute baby though.

  10. Eileen says:

    I’m curious as to why he never breaks a smile in photos? I would love to see his pearly white baby choppers! He is very cute.

  11. maybeiamcrazy says:

    He is so cute. And he looks a lot like William so we should enjoy his cuteness while we can.

  12. Olenna says:

    Winning hearts and minds.

  13. paola says:

    I don’t want to sound mushy and soppy but he really is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen. His facial expression of ‘WTF are you looking at!’ is just the best and it makes me chuckle every time i see a pic of him.

  14. Heather says:

    Anyone else notice the resemblance to Pippa in the second picture?

  15. Isa says:

    The first few hours after a baby is born is such a blur. It goes by so fast since you’re getting cleaned up, baby is being checked by a pediatrician, trying to nurse. I’m sure they wanted a few precious hours to just relax and be a family.

  16. bluhare says:

    George is really cute. I’ll babysit him next Saturday night if they need a sitter.

    Personally I’d have liked three photos of just George instead of one. We see William and Kate all the time. George, not so much.

    • Esti says:

      Whereas I prefer getting more photos of the whole family than just George. One on his own was fine, but I think it’s more fun to see him interacting with his parents.

    • Bridget says:

      I have children that are notoriously difficult to get photos of, and the fact that these are all ‘action’ shots, with none of them looking at the camera and smiling or even fully facing thw camera, it makes me think this was the best they could get of the little bruiser.

    • T.C. says:

      Agree Bluhare, just said the same thing up field. We get so many solo pics of his parents but rarely him. They could have cut the pic with George in the frame and cut off Wills and Kate’s heads. But of course they have to always be included so the goodwill for George can rub off on them.

    • Dany says:

      yes, more George and less staged family.
      I have to say the first photo is a perfect family photo, but the second one with the butterfly would have been a better father-son-only-photo without Kate. She looks a little bit frozen maniac again and i think colourwise father and son would have looked very golden together.

  17. Wallamalooo says:

    “They really made everybody wait for hours and hours after the birth. I still don’t know what that was about.”

    I think it was this: As soon as it was announced the public, they had to share their son, their first born – he was now public property. Those few hours when it was just them and their son – who can begrudge them that? A few hours of new life without the weight of expectation, of duty.

    Just my opinion, he is such a little cutie :D xx

  18. pippa middle says:

    Two pics at least should have been Prince George only. Different attire, one formal wear in diff setting, as a future King.

    He looks too commoner like the middletrashes..
    The palace and grandpa Prince Charles need to step in more with some of these decisions. As PWillnot is doing a lousy job and too influence with Middletrash.

    • Kris says:

      Your comments are pretty damn offensive, in my opinion. William is doing a “lousy” job because he’s trying to raise his son with a little normalcy, less formality, like Princess Diana did for him?? Two parents tried to let their one year old baby have a fun, laid-back birthday and your brilliant idea is for the royal family to charge in and take over things. That’s really messed up. Plus I love how you seem to think commoners are such “trash”. Amusing, considering 99.99% of the planet are commoners. But we’re all just trash I guess.

      • Flower says:

        Pippa Middle, you do realized that Princess Anne and Prince Harry are ‘commoners’ don’t you…. indeed George himself is also in legal terms a ‘commoner’ and will be until the Queen decides to give him a dukedom.

      • pippa middle says:

        Last time I check those of us not born to or married into HRH RF are referred to as ‘commoners’. The RF P Will can’t have it both ways, wealth power from HRH future King! And pretend to be regular. Except expensive vacations, renovations of places and mansions and the likes from taxpayers.

        Princess Di did not pretend with her boys, they were treated as HRH RF Princes, BUT she made them aware, respect and appreciate us commoners way of life, simpler life with hardship by some, and regular ‘reality’ to most of their subjects.

        By the way, the Firm is managed run fantastically by no less than ‘commoners’ some may have earn. Titles, but started as regular hardworkers, Not social climbers re connections hangers on and workless lifestyle.

  19. Kori says:

    I was in London in late Jun/early July and that butterfly exhibit and the Natural History museum was mobbed! There were lines out the door and down the block to get in. They apparently did this around 7 am (when the butterflies are most active and it’s normally closed) but it still took awhile. I read Kate is a patron of the NHM as well.

    • Lady D says:

      There’s a place on Vancouver Island called Butterfly World. Huge enclosures with every type of butterfly you could think of. They had areas set up where you could watch them emerging from their cocoons as you walk through. The butterflies land on you as you walk through, and the colours are astounding. My 4-year-old giggled all the way through the exhibit. I saw a black moth the size of a dinner plate in a tree.

      • Ronia says:

        Yeah. But there is also the Carlo Colodi Butterfly Garden in his castle’s gardens. Worth visiting, to say the least. Not only because it’s so beautiful and after all, it’s Florence, but because of Collodi’s heritage. Its quietness, the solitude, the fountains, the peeking under the leaves in search of a butterfly hiding… It’s lovely. The Pinocchio park is just a street away too.

  20. m says:

    I don’t like how they look like paparazzi pictures, not royal portraits. I had expected more from them.

  21. pippa middle says:

    For this event. they had an entourage of nannies-, Maria is the lead nanny; and other staff. The other EU royals C/Princess Victoria n Estelle; Princess Mary and her kids and even Princess Madeline n Lenora are much more real.

    Waity doolittle n P Willnot don’t seem natural he she is always in a pose even for Butterfly museum like they can’t get loose and real., and still Royal like his cousin Zara.

  22. Red Snapper says:

    Interesting story on the DM (sorry don’t know how to link), about William. He’s going to announce a new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance soon. He’ll get £40K/yr, work four days on/three off, and live at Anmer. DM says he and Kate are looking forward to it as they are feeling “trapped” at KP. Kate will live at Anmer “most of the time”. This job will allow Will to be a hands on Dad. The DMcomments are priceless my fav is “I want this job, no now I want this one, now I’m bored, now I want this – DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM??!?”

  23. The Original Mia says:

    I’m grumpy, so I’ll say these pictures are unremarkable. Yes, George is cute. Most kids are. But the pictures are photoshopped to death and look like a magazine advert. I’m unimpressed.

  24. Megan says:

    I think this visit was the same day as the Tour de France launch. Maybe she had her coat on at the launch because there was a lot of drool on her dress.

  25. Nicolette says:

    Beautiful family, adorable baby and the photos are gorgeous. Happy Birthday little one!! :)

  26. Dany says:

    At first George looked very William but now after some time he transforms into a Middleton. He has grampa Middleton´s friendly face. I think George will become a roundfaced brown haired boy in a few years.
    He´s so cute with that Windsor-comb over :D

  27. hmmm says:

    I checked out pix of Estelle for comparison’s sake. I find these photos staged and without charm. I don’t understand why Cambridge family photos are consistently underwhelming. I sense no warmth, either.

    • FLORC says:

      Shots of Estelle are not a fair comparison. That family is beyond genuine in those shots and has always approached the balance of Estelle’s privacy and the public’s desire to see the cutie extremely well.

      I do feel the same for the most part. People only love these family shots because they either want to love them or they think it’s as good as it gets (imo). To see another young royal family doing the same thing holds stark comparison the Cambridges aren’t candid and natural though they do try.

      Overall these shots are great, but when compared they seem fake and staged.

      Those behind the scenes shots in the other royal thread showing the large group of assistants, nannies, and others seem more real imo.

  28. Bread and Circuses says:

    Love that second photo. That’s a beautiful family shot.

  29. nancy says:

    Does she ever look at her baby? It’s very rarely and when she does it feels forced or like she’s glazed over.

  30. Leaflet says:

    Forget the photos. I want some of George’s birthday cake. I know it will be good because Kate, in so many words, mentioned that George loved cake. And parents normally go all out for first b-day parties. Yeah, so cake please.

  31. Jocelyn says:

    George is so cute. I love these photos.

  32. Ciria says:

    I’m not even a baby person nor do I have children but that baby is so freaking cute.

    I want to squeeze his chubby cheeks.

  33. TG says:

    These pics are adorable. I am curious why do they need to bring the nanny(s) when they go out on a family outing? Can’t they actually handle parenting or is it because the nanny is like family? Or was this a work event and they had to do some meet and greet while the nanny had the child? Regardless I do think they are bonded with George.

  34. SoCal says:

    And like the birth, the build up for these photos has been exhausting, I’m glad its over.

    Since there is a child involved, I won’t say anything bad about the photos or the parents, but, oh, I wish I could.

  35. pippa middle says:

    ‘ Commoner’ in the sense of not a Royal. Royals can’t have it both ways, they don’t struggle with life choices and decisions… They have live in many palaces, worth billiions and PG will be a monarch.

    Princess Dii did not pretend with P Wiil and Harry.she raise princes, but also show them the common man their subjexts, and their way of life, so they respect appreciate all people.

    You can’t tell PG he is a regular child to grow up to be a King or a member of the RF. That’s confusing with the previledges wealth and grand lifestyle. And Oh King one day; so he need to know his rightful place. 0. P Willnot knows his place worth but pretend with the midds, except when he is on expensive vacations, renovations, and lifestyle.