Nearly one year ago, the world awaited as Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was giving birth to the next generation of royalty: Prince George.
Tuesday, July 22 marks the first birthday of the royal baby, who is third in line for the throne. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge came into the world at 4:24 p.m. at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington weighing 8lbs., 6 oz.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m.," a statement from the Palace said. "The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight."
Middleton had gone into labor the same day around 6 a.m.
Details are scarce about Prince George’s first birthday party, since there is no official royal protocol or obligation for first birthdays, Now Magazine reported.
Marcia Moody, author of “Kate: The Biography,” said the birthday bash will likely be low-key. “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 - no ‘kidchella' like North West!” she said. “They'll probably have a tea party with lots of cake and George will crawl about later in the grounds of Kensington Palace.”
George, then unnamed, made his first public appearance the day after his birth on July 23, 2013 in front of the hospital wrapped inside a white blanket shawl by GH Hurt & Song, the same company that made his father Prince William’s going-home blanket 31 years prior. The small baby was held in his mother’s arms with his father by his side.
William told a reporter he felt "very emotional.” Middleton said: "It's very emotional and such a special time and I think any parent will probably know what this feeling feels like."
Prince William also made a few jokes when answering questions from reporters, laughing that the baby was very heavy, has more hair that he does and looks more like Kate. "He's got her looks, thankfully," he said. "No, no," Middleton joked back.
"He's got way more hair than me, thank God," Will said. "He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure. ... He's a bit heavy."
The Palace announced the baby’s name and title, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, two days after his birth.
Prince George was baptized in October in a small ceremony at St. James’s Palace.