The birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George, was one of the biggest media events of 2013, but that doesn’t mean his first birthday party will be a high-profile occasion -- unlike, say, the Kidchella blowout that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West threw for their baby, North West. As we approach the first birthday of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal baby on July 22, here is a roundup of the top five rumors concerning the royal family's plans for Prince George’s big day:
Unlike the scene surrounding Prince George's birth last summer (there was a media frenzy outside St Mary’s Hospital, where he was born), according to royal biographer Marcia Moody, the future ruler's birthday will be a much more relaxed affair.
“If the christening was anything to go by, it will be a small, low-key celebration, similar to what their friends would throw for their children’s first birthdays,” Moody told Now Magazine. “They’ll probably have a tea party with lots of cake.”
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Speaking of lots of cake, Moody said Kate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton, 27, owner of The Cake Kit Company in Berkshire, England, will making the main party treat for his nephew.
“For George’s birthday, Kate won’t need to don her apron,” the report said -- her brother will.
If Middleton’s brother isn’t available, William and Kate could always fall back on Fiona Cairns, the luxury bakery that made the couple’s wedding cake in 2011. (Fun fact: the couple served the top tier of their cake at George’s christening last October.)
While Prince Charles and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth are likely to give Prince George birthday presents fit for a royal, William and Kate, both 32, are reportedly hoping their son receives some personalized gifts on July 22.
“I’m sure he’ll receive some traditional luxury children’s items -- a rocking horse or a silver tooth fairy box," Moody said. "But William and Kate would favor personal items like a scrapbook of his first year with hospital tags and a lock of hair."
William and Kate reportedly asked the prince's party guests to consider giving to the less fortunate as opposed to giving more toys to the already-pampered little prince.
“As they did for their wedding, Will and Kate have encouraged people to give donations to charity instead," Moody said.
Now magazine reported that George’s party will most likely take place at the family's Kensington Palace home, which would allow the young prince to “crawl about” the grounds in privacy, but IBTimes India speculates that the celebration could be held at Queen Elizabeth’s weekend getaway, otherwise known as Windsor Castle.
“Windsor Castle would be an ideal choice for hosting the close family function, as the Queen’s residence has extensive grounds and very high walls, which would give George and his pals total privacy to play around,” according to the report.
The public party favor
While members of the public may not be invited to celebrate Prince George’s first birthday with the royal family, that doesn’t mean they can't purchase party favors.
Similar to the commemorative coin created after Prince George’s birth last July, the Royal Mint recently released 1,300 uncirculated, Double-Sovereign collectors' coins in honor of the royal tot’s first year. Royal fans can buy the commemorative item -- retailing for 650 pounds (approximately $1,113 USD) -- here.