Prince George had a busy birthday today with engagements at two different Palaces.
This morning he paid a call at Buckingham Palace, visiting HM, the Queen, and Prince Philip. Below you see the Duchess and Nanny Maria Borrallo leaving BP after the social call.
Then it was back home to Kensington Palace to get ready for the birthday party. Below you see George’s Great Grandmother arriving for the celebration.
From Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:
The royal toddler took centre stage but his great grandmother was quest of honour at a tea party which, by royal tradition since the Queen’s childhood, usually involves the children eating jam sandwiches made in the shape of an old penny. The 88-year-old monarch stayed for just under an hour at the party inside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 21-room apartment at Kensington Palace.
Inside elegant Apartment 1a, the guests showered the infant Prince with presents during a two-hour party that spanned the exact minute of his birth – 4.24pm on July 22 last year.
Prince Charles and Camilla were unable to attend because they are carrying out official duties in Scotland. But the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (as they are titled in that country) did receive birthday presents for the young Prince. Below you see Charles with a giant red squirrel presented to him on behalf of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, it is endangered and HRH was visiting a sanctuary for the animal. (Our thanks to Radio Tay News for tweeting this image!)
Camilla was also given a gift for the Prince, a tweed teddy bear.
The Duchess took part in Edinburgh International Fashion Festival activities today, making this a perfect gift. Scotland’s Harris Tweed textiles are renowned and the industry is experiencing a resurgence that is wonderful to see.
In addition to HM, it was an exclusive guest list that included Kate’s immediate family (Pippa, James, Carole & Michael Middleton), Uncle Harry, William’s cousin Zara Phillips and her husband, Mike Tindall, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, former staffer and longtime friend/advisor Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (also a godparent), Kate’s school chum Emilia d’Erlanger, now Emilia Jardine-Paterson (another godparent), and one or two more I may have missed.
One interesting fashion note, Ms. Jardine-Paterson appeared to be in a Beulah London frock we have seen Kate wear.
Kate was first noted in the Blossom Dress dress when attending a wedding in June, 2012.
The frock remains available at Beulah in all sizes, but delivery time is 4-6 weeks. It retails for £490, roughly $825 at today’s exchange rates.
Many readers know of Kate’s involvement with the children’s hospice movement, and her patronage of EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). The organization offers a wonderful way to both celebrate and honor the occasion, East Anglia’s Biggest Birthday Party.
The idea is to enjoy the fun of George’s birthday while also helping out EACH, you can read how to join the fun by clicking here.