A new photograph of Prince George has been released on the eve of his second birthday. It shows the toddler in the arms of his father, the Duke of Cambridge, and beaming into the lens of world-famous photographer Mario Testino. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family. They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George’s second birthday.”
The photo is part of the series of official pics taken by Testino, the internationally-renowned fashion photographer, following the christening of Princess Charlotte — George’s little sister — on July 5th. They were taken in the gardens and drawing room at Sandringham House. The image was shared via Kensington Palace’s Twitter and Instagram accounts in keeping with the palace’s new strategy of publishing via their own media streams first.
Kensington Palace have only said that Prince George will be spending his birthday “privately,” which would most likely mean with close family at their country home in Norfolk. In an Instagram post in early July, Testino wrote: “I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to take these portraits on the occasion of Princess Charlotte’s christening, to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much.”
Not only did Prince William and Prince Harry get treated to growing up in castles as children, but their father, Prince Charles, also built them a spectacular treehouse at his Highgrove estate. And now the doting grandfather wants his grandson Prince George to have the same enjoyment and has completely restored the little structure to its former glory.
The treehouse was first built in 1989 just in time for William's 7th birthday. It was the work of Cotswold architect William Bertram, who interviewed the Princes when they were age 3 and 5, to ask them how they would like their new hideout to be. William told him: "I want it to be as high as possible so I can get away from everyone and I want a rope ladder which I can pull up so noone can get at me."
With George in mind, Charles has also installed an incredible artisan shepherd's hut on the edge of his wildflower meadow. It comes complete with a mini bed and wood burner, and was a first birthday gift given to Charles for the rosy-cheeked charmer's first birthday from the Plankbridge company, which started up with the help of the Prince's Trust.
While Princess Charlotte is currently too young to enjoy the new additions to Highgrove, she will be able to play with her brother in the gardens when she is a little older. Charles often spends time with his grandchildren at Highgrove and as HELLO! recently revealed, he enjoyed a spot of gardening with 2-year-old George in the gardens earlier this year. The youngster helped his green-thumbed granddad to plant two new trees in the grounds of the country retreat, which Charles bought in 1980.
More details of Prince George's second birthday bash have been revealed and they're as adorable as you'd expect. The future King of England celebrated his birthday on July 22 with a low-key party attended by family and close friends at Prince William and Kate Middleton's home in Norfolk.
Before the candles were blown out and balloons were blown up , he enjoyed a walk with his grandmother Carole Middleton on a nearby beach. The Duchess of Cambridge's mother held hands with her grandson as they walked through the sand and played together, with Carole taking plenty of photos during their morning of bonding.
In June, he was spotted enjoying a day out with Carole at Bucklebury Farm, where he often visits with his mother. His birthday was certainly a day to remember as his grandfather Prince Charles gifted him with a €25,000 cottage on wheels for him to play with at Highgrove in the Prince's 15 acre garden. The Victorian-style outhouse, complete with wood-burning stove and day bed, was a first birthday gift from a Dorset-based company that began with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
Prince George loves to have tea parties with his grandfather, using plastic cups, which will stand him in good stead for the Buckingham Palace garden parties he will be expected to attend when he is grown up.
Two-year-old Prince George and his 5-month-old sister Princess Charlotte are already displaying very different temperaments, says their proud dad, Prince William. The prince, 33, gave the brief insight into his two children on Thursday during a visit to the college where he studied agriculture – and which shares his formal name.
The Duke of Cambridge was at St. John's College at Cambridge University to open a new archive center, and he said his daughter was clearly the gentler of the two little royals. Professor Christopher Dobson, the Master of St John's, told reporters after hosting the visit, "We talked a little bit about the children and he did make a couple of comments about their different temperaments. "He said George is very lively and Charlotte is very lady-like. He said they were both delightful of course."
And he added, "I'll wear my tie to the rugby." Wales (his team of choice) next competes in the World Cup on Saturday, when they take on South Africa. The Archive Centre, which is housed in a 13th century building known as the School of Pythagoras, contains college documents dating back to medieval times, including a 14th-century copy of the Magna Carta, discovered only this year, which was on display. "I shan't touch it, just in case," William quipped.
Prince George looked adorable in Crocs when he stepped out with mom Kate Middleton for a museum visit. Prince George is the spitting image of his father, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William when he was a toddler, with his parted hairstyle and chubby cheeks.
A couple of photos of Prince George's day out to the Natural History Museum in London, with the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, are shared by OK! magazine. The 2-year-old was photographed wearing a pair of jeans and a collared polo shirt. Prince George was accompanied by his mom, who in one photo, is shown holding onto her son's hand to keep him close by.
Kate told of her son's fascination with insects, especially his love for ladybirds, when she met young people from the charity Chance UK, which mentors vulnerable children in London who are at risk of offending. It operates an early intervention program, aiming to change challenging behaviour of primary school-aged children through intensive and individual mentoring, as well as family support.