Saturday, 21 July 2018

Happy Birthday Prince George: A New Photo Released as the Cambridges Celebrate on Mustique!

To celebrate Prince George's fifth birthday tomorrow, Kensington Palace released a photo of the future king taken in the Clarence House garden by Matt Porteous after Louis' christening. The release follows the pattern of 2015 when Charlotte was christened at Sandringham in July and a photo taken with the official portraits was chosen to mark the prince's birthday.


William and Kate chose Matt Porteous to take their private photos after the christening. The couple decided to release one of Kate and Louis and it has been widely praised as the best shot of the five official portraits. Porteous also took George's third birthday portraits in Norfolk.


I do enjoy his style of photography and think he does a splendid job of capturing moments. I imagine the photo of the smiling prince will be framed at KP.


The Cambridges will celebrate their eldest son's fifth birthday on the paradise island of Mustique. Royal reporters Emily Andrews and Omid Scobie confirmed reports the family of five are enjoying their first holiday together in the Caribbean. Rebecca English noted they left London on Monday with the Middletons, so it's going to be quite a party.


There's a special significance to this week - Mustique is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there's an array of events taking place with a week of craft fairs, a tennis tournament which will have held great appeal for Kate, jazz nights and gala parties. According to The Sun, the group attended a star-studded party with Mick Jagger on Tuesday night.


Mustique was bought by Lord Glenconnor, Colin Tennant in 1958 for the sum of £45,000 and two years later he gave Princess Margaret a plot of land as a wedding present in order to associate it with the Royal family. Since then, Mustique has become a popular hideaway for royals and celebrities.


William, Kate and the Middleton family have come to adore the island and have visited on multiple occasions since the Cambridges' pre-engagement days. The Middletons usually make an annual trip every January, which has led to William and Kate not joining them over the past couple of years. With George and Charlotte's school schedules, I expect we might see July becoming their chosen month for the getaway.


It is not known where the family are staying, however they have previously stayed at Aurora House, owned by royal wedding guests, hedge fund manager Mark Cecil and his wife Kate.


Guests can watch the sunrise and sunset in this contemporary colonial style villa with sweeping vistas of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.


The stunning property boasts contemporary bedroom suites, a pool, sun deck and sun lounges, and staff including a butler, chef, maid and gardener.

Indeed, Mustique was the location of the birthday boy's first holiday abroad. Kate took George for a holiday on the Island when he was six months old back in 2014.


To mark George's birthday, Rebecca English wrote a very insightful feature piece for the Mail: 'Revealing portrait of Prince George on his fifth birthday: Granny Carole feeds him chips and sweets, he is obsessed with volcanoes and is seeing more and more of grandad Charles':

'One day, the third in line to the throne — who wants to be a pilot, just like his adored ‘Papa’ who flew with the East Anglian Air Ambulance — will learn his life choices are somewhat restricted. For now, his parents are focused on providing him with the close-knit, carefree family life that mum Kate took for granted as she grew up — and that William’s own late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, fought to try to give her two boys.
Some have questioned whether William and Kate’s understandable protectiveness of their son, plus their instinctive wariness of the media, may have inadvertently rubbed off on George. But friends insist he is no different from other young children. ‘Just because he reacts more cautiously than Charlotte when there is a camera around isn’t an indication of what he is like behind closed doors,’ says one. ‘Your first day at school is a big enough deal without all these strange people watching you. He is a very happy little boy.’
‘They know there will come a time when they will have to sit down and talk to him about the implications of his royal status and why so many people are interested in him. He is becoming more aware of the cameras. But they are determined to do that at George’s own pace and feel that can all wait a bit.’

The piece included fascinating snippets on George's relationship with his grandparents:

'Charles’s ever-increasing workload — which now includes a number of duties that traditionally fell to the Queen, particularly foreign travel — means the time he has available is limited. But Prince Louis’s christening last week saw Charles host his growing family at Clarence House for what was described as a ‘really fun family afternoon’.
‘It is clear he is immensely proud of his sons and adores his grandchildren,’ one source told me. ‘I’d say things are better than they have been for a long time.’ Another said: ‘Charles understands that Kate gravitates to her mother and family and is actually very grateful for everything the Middletons do.
Carole, 63, and her husband Michael, 69, play a hugely significant role in their grandchildren’s lives — as their current Caribbean holiday together shows. She has taken George and Charlotte to work at the family’s Party Pieces HQ, a short drive from the Middletons’ Berkshire mansion, where they play at being shopkeepers. One visitor spotted George sitting in the ‘front of house’, exclaiming excitedly ‘Oh my gosh!’ as his indulgent granny gave him a bag of sweets for being a good boy.
Kate understands only too well that it is a grandparent’s prerogative to spoil their grandchildren — and still laughs about how she once called home from a foreign tour to speak to her mother, who was looking after George, only for him to tell her earnestly that his granny had given him ‘chips, again’ for dinner.'

Speaking of George's relationship with his grandparents, a splendid never-before-seen photo of Charles, William and George features in the summer exhibition - Prince and Patron - at Buckingham Palace.


I can still vividly remember the day in July 2013 when Prince George was born. Fast forward five years and the little prince has completed his first year of school and is now a big brother to two siblings. I thought it would be fun to take a look back on his birthday portraits. To mark George's first birthday in 2014, photos of the prince with his parents were taken at the Natural History Museum's 'Sensational Butterflies' exhibition. The photo of him looking both apprehensive and determined when touching a butterfly on William's hand is one of my favourites. Those cheeks...


To mark Prince George's second birthday, Kensington Palace released a new photo from Princess Charlotte's christening, taken earlier that month by Mario Testino. The prince is captured in his father's arms, smiling and leaning towards the camera.


Several lovely photographs taken by Matt Porteous were released for George's third birthday. The show-stealing photo from the set for me was the image of George and Lupo sitting on a rug outside; it captured a darling moment showing the Prince offering the family pet a taste of his ice-cream.


For George's fourth birthday, William and Kate chose a photo taken by Chris Jackson at Kensington Palace. Chris Jackson is married to Kate's assistant and stylist Natasha Archer and they have reportedly asked Chris to take a number of private photos over the years, so George was clearly very comfortable with him. Speaking of Chris and Natasha, congratulations are in order as the couple are expecting their first child in the coming months (click here for more). I love the natural smile in this photo.


I imagine celebrations will see the family enjoying lunch and cake, possibly on the beach and the children participating in the host of activities available on the Island.


Wishing George a very Happy Birthday!

51 comments:

  1. What a sweet boy. Happy birthday to George!!

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  2. Very cute photo. Hope they are having a lovely holiday.

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  3. Rebecca - Sweden21 July 2018 at 23:13

    What a wonderful, wonderful picture!! Such a happy, smiley BOY now! Not a baby, a proper boy!! My heart can't take it!!! Also, very clever to have a clearly different background as to make it feel like a separate thing from the christening pictures :)

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    1. Rebecca, my sentiments exactly. I see a very happy boy. :-)

      I hope the family is enjoying their vacation.

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    2. A very happy boy. So cute!

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  4. Look at that smile! What a beautiful little boy.

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  5. I can’t believe it has been five years already! Prince George is getting so big. I hope the family is having a great trip and I hope George has a great birthday.

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  6. So so cute! I see alot of his Grandmother Middleton in his eyes and smile! Great post, Charlotte! Parthenia

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  7. Happy Birthday, Prince George. Being the first Cambridge baby, to me he is still very, very special. Those Cambridge cheeks have not appeared again, since George and they perhaps wont. This birthday is going to be very special because he and Charlotte are at the age where they can somewhat appreciate the change of seen. And who knows, there maybe other little ones with them which will make it even more special. A great way to make memories.

    Charlotte, thanks for the great write-up.

    Best regards,

    RW.

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    1. Next year they'll have a little Middleton cousin to join in the merriment!

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    2. Yes, that's right and Prince Louis will be older!!!

      RW.

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  8. He is adorable!! And what a cheeky smile. I was hoping for several pictures. I mean they are issuing a special gold coin in honor of his fifth birthday ... how about a few pictures!! Happy birthday, Prince George!!

    Hope from USA.
    #whydoialwayswantmore

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  9. Thank you Charlotte, what a lovely piece you wrote! He does indeed look like a very happy little boy and there is nothing like a “bucket and spades” holiday with family.

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  10. Pam from Boston22 July 2018 at 00:31

    My favorite is last year’s fourth birthday photo/

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  11. I hit publish too quickly!

    Charlotte, thank you for including the earlier birthday photos. It nice to see how he has grown. I'm really happy for this young family...all around!

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  12. Happy birthday, George!!
    He is such a good looking boy. Thanks, Charlotte. This post was very thoughtful. I enjoyed it.

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  13. Royal 👑 Watcher22 July 2018 at 01:21

    Happy Birthday to Prince George! What a sweet boy. I hope they all have a lovely holiday, Mustique sounds like a paradise.

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  14. He is so cute! I hope he stays jolly. I love the recent photos of him.

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  15. What an adorable little boy. I am sure he is having a wonderful birthday with his loving family. Thanks for the post Charlotte.

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  16. I want to spend my birthday on Mustique! I hope George has a wonderful birthday, now that he's five he can attend Wimbledon next year.

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    1. Yes! Maybe he will become good friends with Novak's son.

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  17. Happy Birthday George!

    He’s going to be a handsome one. I have always thought his strongest resemblance is to grandpa Michael and I still do!

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  18. Photo is lovely because Prince is smiling and lauhging.He is so happy and lively child.Best wishes :)

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  19. A charming photo of George and a delightful collection of snaps of him. (There was also quite a nice collection in Daily Mail!) He is getting to be quite the little man.

    Hopefully they will have a lovely time in Mustique for a festive celebration although for my taste, it would be dreadfully hot. I wonder if Pippa and her husband are with them though as she is pregnant. I believe there is so far no Zika on Mustique but there is on St. Lucia where they change planes (I have a friend from there.) It would seem a risky thing to chance just to take a holiday. I think I've seen photos of her this week so perhaps she didn't go.

    It should be a most interesting collection of photographs and paintings at Buckingham Palace. I hope to go. It is a very nice photo of William and Charles.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 July 2018 at 11:52

      I think Pippa has been photographed in London during this time so it seems like they are not there.

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    2. Media have been reporting that Pippa went but then they also published pictures of her out in London on Friday, so obviously she didn't go ;-) I wondered why but knowing there is Zika on St. Lucia it makes a lot of sense.

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  20. Happy Birthday to this sweet little boy ! Wow, he really does resemble Grandpa Middleton. What a lovely way to celebrate his birthday, on the sunny isle of Mustique ! Hope he and the family have a wonderful day and holiday.

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  21. A very cute picture! I think its interesting to see that George basically didn't change since the 2-year pictures. All my kids changed so much between 2 and 5 years. Does that mean that we already might have a good idea how George will look like as an adult ;)
    Tidefi

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  22. Silvia from Tuscany22 July 2018 at 13:19

    Happy birthday George! Thank you Charlotte, your piece is so nice and makes me remember a lot. George looks so grown up and his smile shines with happiness. He's surely having a great birthday with his wonderful family!

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  23. Susan in Florida22 July 2018 at 13:44

    God Bless this sweet young prince. I hope they all have a great time in Mustique, it seems private enough to allow them a true relaxing vacation.

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  24. Hmm i bery happy birthday to prince george Hmmi hope he really enjoy. His childhood before he become a young heartthrob hope they wnjoy wuite and peaceful vacation mustique island

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  25. Zora from Prague22 July 2018 at 14:59

    Thank you for a lovely post, Charlotte! Prince George is a cute boy and I agree he 'll be very handsome when he grows up. (How could he not be, with such attractive parents!) :-) Hope he loves the sea, the beaches and everything else that can make a 5-year old boy happy on the island! No doubt the Cambridges enjoy being together as a family of five, plus Grandma and Grandpa. George is big enough to remember this holiday even as an adult!

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  26. IMHO George even looks like he was born to be King. Intelligence and strength shine through his eyes. We see a delightful, happy and adorable little boy - but take a closer look, and see the man he'll be. Impressive.

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  27. Sonja from Bavaria22 July 2018 at 17:17

    Hi Charlotte :)
    I was wondering I you plan on doing the "Choose your dream look for Kate" game again in early August when all is quiet on the Cambridge front (royals on summer break + Kate on maternity leave)? I have enjoyed it so much over the last years and judging by the other comments, everybody was loving the creative ideas from readers, many of them commenting for the 1st time.

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    1. Hello Sonja,

      Thank you so much for your interest. Let me get back to you on that one in a week or two. I would love to do it again this year, it's just a case of ensuring I'll have enough time to do it properly :)

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    2. Sonja from Bavaria28 July 2018 at 08:43

      Thank you so much for your answer :)
      If you are doing it again this year, I am really looking forward to it. But I think most of us on the blog wouldn't mind if putting up pictures of the putfits takes a little longer, because the end results and seeing everybody compliment each other's choices will totally be worth it!

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  28. What a cute photo of an adorable little boy.
    I hope the family is having a wonderful time on vacation.
    The Caribbean is beautiful!!!

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    1. Sonja from Bavaria28 July 2018 at 08:44

      I have never been to the caribbean, but isn't it super hot there right now?

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  29. George is an adorable child, who is much more cautious than his sister, Charlotte, when it comes to public appearances. I like the fact, that he won't wave or shake hands unless it is his idea. He is true to himself. Books about birth order say, that the oldest child is usually more responsible and more reserved than each younger sibling who comes along. Many political leaders were first born children and many comedians are the baby of their families. That explains a lot. Anonymous 15:23 said, "intelligence and strength shine through his eyes" and I agree. Happy Birthday darling boy!

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  30. What a lovely photograph. I will say that in this photo I see a lot of Queen Elizabeth’s features in his face. Lots of people see it in Charlotte, while I do not necessarily agree (they change so much in that age) but here Prince George is the spitting image of his paternal grandmother.
    C.

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  31. Happy Birthday to George! And thank you Charlotte, very nice post and photos. Also for me, 2013 just seems yesterday...Time has gone so quickly, and George has grown up fast. He is so cute in this last photo, and I think he looks like Carole Middleton and a bit like Pippa, too.
    Well done to the Cambridges for the Mustique holiday. It will be great fun for the Fab5 & Co. Let's see if we will see them all at Balmoral, this summer...
    While speaking about children... Charlotte, do you have any news about photos of Zara's new baby born?
    Thank you for everything you do.

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    1. Hello Stella,

      No photos of little Lena just yet, I'm sure we'll see something soon though :)

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  32. What a wonderful picture of Prince George!! He looks so happy!! Think that this photographer created a very relaxed environment for everybody! Thank you Charlotte for a lovely post, particularly because of the endearing insights into the Cambridges relationships with their family. (As a grandmother myself, who can't relate to letting your grandchild eat "chips" again for dinner...been there, done that!) It is my impression that with Harry's marriage it is the last piece of the family puzzle for both William and Harry. There appears to be a balance now of the family in their relationships and roles with one another and as royals. Love that Charles hosted a gathering after the christening and that the Cambridges and Middletons are vacationing together in Mustique. There is no greater gift than to see your children happy and that both parents and grandparents are providing a loving foundation for the future!! I am reminded of a line from an A.A. Milne poem..."when I was five, I was barely alive"...Happy Birthday George!! cc

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  33. He's so cute! Sometimes at events he seems shy, reserved, not enjoying the photographers nearby. I hope this is his personality that we are finally seeing shine through. Agreed, I have always thought he carried traits from Michael Middleton's side. His face has thinned out so much and what a distinct chin he has.

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  34. Prince Louis is officially 3 months old today, July 23rd.

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  35. Charlotte, are there any whispers yet as to whether Kate will attend the state dinner for King Willem and Queen Maxima in October? Hello said that she "might" and she has met them a couple of times before. H & M will be in Australia during that time so maybe K & W will represent the next generation? Oh and speaking of the next generation, Hello also had a spread on the most recent photos of Willem & Maxima's family. Beautiful!

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    1. Hello Jo,

      I do think it's very likely. The Palace will release details regarding William and Kate's role in the State Visit a week or two before it begins. It should be a fantastic night for tiara sightings :)

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  36. Beautiful picture of George, he seems to be a very cheerful child. All the best wishes "little prince" and happy vacation. As always fantastic post Charlotte!

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  37. I hope they enjoy their private family time. Such a sweet photo of Prince George. I think he favors his Grandmother Carole in this photo.

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  38. aww happy birthday little prince!
    love the pic of louis as well
    thanks charlotte!

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  39. Adorable! Thanks!

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