6 January 2016
A very important milestone was marked on 6 January when two-year-old George completed his first day at his new Montessori nursery. The Prince was taken to school by both his parents. Keen photographer Kate took family snapshots which were released by Kensington Palace via their Twitter feed.
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The couple's choice of nursery? Westacre Montessori School in the village of East Walton, which is housed in an old chapel. It's a twenty-minute drive from their home, Anmer Hall, on the Queen's Sandringham estate.
The Prince wore a quilted John Lewis jacket and carried a blue backpack. He looked very excited indeed. :)
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We had an unexpected festive treat when the Cambridges released a family photo to mark Christmas. The photo showing the Duke and Duchess with their smiling children Prince George and Princess Charlotte was taken among the autumn leaves at Kensington Palace in late October. The Palace said the photograph was commissioned for their own use, but that the couple decided to make it public because they liked it so much. It was taken by Wiltshire-based photographer Chris Jelf.
George looked festive in a blue jumper with fretwork by Spanish-based brand Fina Ejerique. The jacquard sweater is 70% acrylic and 30% wool. George also wore his Start-Rite Jo shoes, Amaia Kids socks and blue shorts. Charlotte wore the same dress and cardigan from the official portraits released in December.
16 December 2015
Prince George accompanied Kate and Harry as they made their way to the Queen's pre-Christmas luncheon. It is thought Princess Charlotte was also there.
29 November 2015
November brought our first proper look at the adorably cute Princess Charlotte.
Kensington Palace released two new photos of six-month-old Charlotte taken by Kate in early November. The Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess hope everyone enjoys these new photos of Princess Charlotte as much as they do."
Charlotte's very pretty liberty print dress is by Spanish brand M & H. It originally retailed for £21. It is thought the piece was a gift from Nanny Maria Teresa. Charlotte also wore a soft pink cardigan, pink tights by Amaia Kids and carried a JellyCat Fuddlewuddle Puppy.
21 July 2015
To mark Prince George's second birthday Kensington Palace released a new photo via their Twitter feed. The photo was taken at Princess Charlotte's christening earlier this month, and shows the prince in his father's arms, smiling and leaning towards the camera.
9 July 2015
Four memorable portraits were released following Princess Charlotte's christening.
Legendary photographer Mario Testino captured an image of the Queen and three successors for the group family photo taken at Sandringham House after the christening at St Mary Magdalene Church. Below we see left to right back row: Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh. On the front row the Cambridges sit beside Her Majesty.
A lovely photo of Kate holding her daughter in the drawing room at Sandringham House. I love the fact Mr Testino caught her looking towards the camera. Queen Victoria described the drawing room in her journal as "very long and handsome, with painted ceilings and panels with two fireplaces". It has a musical theme to it, with pictures of musical instruments on the ceilings.
A darling shot of William and George in the garden.
5 July 2015
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on 5 July.
It was the first time we have seen the Cambridges together publicly as a family of four - and what a joyous day for it! The family made the quarter-mile walk from Sandringham House to the church. Interestingly the large traditional silver-wheeled Millson pram Charlotte travelled in has a family history of its own - it was once used for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
Princess Charlotte wore a hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. The original Honiton lace and satin robe, was last used in 2004 with Lady Louise Windsor being the last royal baby to wear the piece. After years of wear it had become too fragile to use, so in 2008 Her Majesty commissioned a replica. It features the same length skirt, elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor. The first baby to wear it was was James, Viscount Severn, son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The Duke and Duchess chose five godparents for their daughter:
Adam Middleton - Kate's cousin, the son of Michael Middleton's brother Richard. Adam works for Mayfair firm Manchester Square Partners.
The Hon. Laura Fellowes - Princess Diana's niece, the daughter of Diana's older sister Lady Jane Fellowes and Baron Fellowes, who served as the Queen's private secretary throughout the 1980's.
James Meade - Prince William and James Meade have been close friends since they attended Eton together. He is the son of Olympic gold medallist equestrian Richard Meade. He has become of a close friend of Kate's too, and accompanied her to the Badminton Horse Trials after her brief split from William in 2007.
Sophie Carter - A friend of Kate's for years. Sophie isn't someone we've seen photographed much over the years, but she has been described as a "discreet and loyal" friend. Interestingly, Ms Carter and fellow godparent Thomas van Straubenzee used to be an item.
Thomas van Straubenzee - Known simply as 'Van' to his friends, Prince William and Thomas have been friends since they attended Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire together. He accompanied William on his gap year to New Zealand. Both William and Harry are patrons of a charity in memory of his brother, Henry van Straubenzee, who died in a car crash aged 18 in 2002.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter noted all godparents share a common bond with William and Kate: "Each has a long, in some cases life-long connection to William or Kate. Trust and loyalty at the core."
Prince George's smocked set by Rachel Riley was incredibly similar to the outfit William wore to meet Harry for the first time in 1984.
14 June 2015
Prince George enjoyed a day out with Kate as they watched Prince William play polo.
Prince George will no doubt be a keen player himself one day. He seems very interested in his mallet already...
What did Prince George wear today? The talented ladies at Prince George Pieces quickly identified his outfit. George looked as cute as ever in the Oliver Baby and Kids Cashmere Cardigan, the £26 Mayoral Navy Blue Shorts, and a pair of adorable Crocs.
13 June 2015
A very special little boy was spotted at Buckingham Palace on the morning of Trooping the Colour.
For George's first Trooping appearance, he wore the same blue outfit with cream lace worn by Prince William for his first Trooping appearance in 1984.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released four photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
An adorable shot of big brother George with his little sister.
The Duchess took the photos of her children in mid-May at Anmer Hall, when Charlotte would have been around two weeks old. Kate used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.
What did Prince George wear? You may have noticed his outfit is the same one he wore when Prince William took him to meet his little sister at St Mary's Hospital. Rachel Riley's Cord Short and Shirt Set retails for $159 and is available for boys aged six months to two years. George also wore his Amaia socks and Start-Rite 'Jo' navy buckle shoes.
Princess Charlotte was dressed in a knitted ensemble by Spanish brand Irulea. The hand-knit sweater seen below is part of a set Nanny Maria Teresa's mother purchased for the Cambridges.
2 May 2015
On 2 May 2015 Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was born.
The Duchess was admitted to St Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labour at 6 am. With Prince William by her side she was safely delivered of a baby girl weighing 8 lbs 3 oz at 8.34 am.
Prince George arrived to meet his baby sister.
13 December 2014
The Palace released three new photos of the little Prince to mark Christmas and to show gratitude that he is not photographed going about his daily life.
The photos were taken on the steps of Kensington Palace by Prince Harry's private secretary Ed Lane Fox who used to work as a freelance photographer. George has certainly grown since the last time we saw him and looks very much like his grandfather Mike Middleton.
Another look at the smiling Prince.
George looked incredibly cute in the Cath Kidston Guards vest and Polarn O. Pyret organic cotton bodysuit. The Prince has grown out of his pre-walkers and is now sporting the Jo by Start Rite Shoes.
Prince George's first birthday portraits were taken at the Natural History Museum's 'Sensational Butterflies' exhibition.
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A beautiful shot of the family.
George looked very cute in a navy polo shirt and blue and white stripe overalls by Petit Bateau with reverse straps (with thanks to Prince George Pieces). It appears George wore the brand's Short-Sleeved Cotton Bodysuit underneath his overalls. The little Prince also wore his Early Days 'Alex' Pre-Walker Shoes.
15 June 2014
George attended his first polo match on 15 June, Father's Day. The boisterous ten-month-old joined Kate to support William and Harry at a charity game. The little prince had a wonderful team exploring the grounds and playing with a mallet.
George looked adorable in his red stripe Neck and Neck overall, a white shirt and his Early Days pre-walker shoes.
Prince George looked adorable in a red cardigan, white and pink stripe dungarees and his Early Days Pre-Walkers as he joined his parents to depart Australia. The little prince let out a cry as they boarded the plane. Perhaps he wanted to stay :)
George's overalls are by Neck and Neck (with thanks to What Prince George Wore). The brand has a store at Duke of York Square and it's quite likely Kate purchased it there. It's available for $51.
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Prince George joined his parents at Taronga Zoo in Sydney to view the bilby enclosure named after him. The little prince was very excited.
George looked adorable in the Rachel Riley Striped Jersey Polo and the navy Pocket Shorts. They're available for $69 and $89 respectively. The prince also wore his Early Days Alex Shoes (with thanks to HRH George Pieces). It was an incredibly cute look for George.
For his arrival in Canberra, Prince George wore the Rachel Riley Moss Stitch Cardigan. The $89 dark sky blue cardigan is 100% cotton with pockets.
Prince George looked very cute in a white romper with sailing boats by Les Petites Abeilles for the royals arrival in Sydney. The hand smocked and embroidered design retails for £60.
A very sleepy Prince George departed Wellington, New Zealand with his parents on April 16 looking adorable in his Rachel Riley Dungarees, Trotters Onesie, Early Days Pre-Walkers Shoes and an ivory cardigan.
Prince George attended his first official engagement on April 9 2014 - a playdate at Government House for families who avail of the services of Plunket. The event will be something to look back on in years to come - the first of countless engagements George will undertake.
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The little prince looked darling in the Rachel Riley Sailboat Smocked Dungarees. The navy and ivory cotton dungarees retail for $129 and feature an elasticated waist and adjustable straps which cross over at the back (Oh, the cuteness factor!). Prince George Pieces shared news George also wore the £15 Trotters Milo Body and a pair of £25.99 Early Days Pre-Walkers.
It was confirmed George wore the Early Days Ivory Pre-Walker Shoes. The £27 soft leather shoes feature a flexible sole and a comfortable lightly padded insole. They're available in sizes ranging from 0-18 months.
Before making their way to Wellington for the start of the royal tour, the Cambridges touched down at Sydney where we saw little George kicking and waving in his mother's arms. The little Prince wore a navy onesie and Prince William carried a kangaroo backpack for him. It's from the Save The Koalas Shop. The backpack is described as "perfect for 2-5 year olds, soft and cuddly, comes with its own little joey stitched on so he doesn't get lost". It retails for $12.50.
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Just days before the royal tour of New Zealand and Australia Kate stocked up on a number of casual items for Prince George. Her Royal Highness's purchases included the £14.95 Contrast-Trim Striped Footed One-Piece, the very cute £14.95 lush green Plaid Button-Up Bodysuit and the £6.27 grey and navy Stripe Pants. All very practical and wearable pieces for the little prince.
To mark Mothering Sunday, March 30 2014, the Palace released a new portrait of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Lupo. The informal family portrait was taken at a window in the family's home, Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace by award winning photographer Jason Bell. Eight-month-old George looked adorable in a baby blue cashmere jumper with his name embroidered on it. It was created by Royal Warrant holders Corgi Hoisery. The Carmarthenshire-based company gave it as a gift to Prince Charles to celebrate the birth of his first grandson, who then passed it on to William and Kate.
Prince George and Kate joined the Middleton family for their annual holiday in Mustique in February.
Kate is regularly spotted with Prince George in Kensington Gardens. Which stroller does one choose for a prince? A royal favourite of course. George's stroller is by Silver Cross. Considered the 'world's most exclusive pram' according to the Daily Mail, a Silver Cross has carried The Queen, her children, grandchildren and now her great-grandchild. In fact the Cambridges are such fans of the pram they had it flown up to Scotland during their stay in Balmoral.
The carriages were first created in 1877 by William Wilson and became hugely popular in the 1960s. William's mother Diana spent her early days in the luxury buggy.
Let's take a closer look at George's stroller, the Silver Cross Sleepover Elegance Body in black. No doubt the brand will become even more popular following the royal sighting. The £650 pram is available at John Lewis, a department store we know Kate frequents regularly.
Below we see the stroller in black and cream. It is available at John Lewis.
Below we see the stroller in black and cream. It is available at John Lewis.
It is described this way:
'The Silver Cross Sleepover Elegance Body combines contemporary design with the elegance of the Silver Cross Heritage Range, for the ultimate in baby comfort and style. With a super-snug pram liner and breathable mattress, the lie flat carrycot, that's suitable from birth is finished with the elegant design details associated with Silver Cross.'
A terrific choice!
In December 2013, the Duchess purchased a couple of items fit for a king at the Chelsea branch of London chain Trotters. Kate picked up the aptly named 'George' jumper with a Union Jack on it.
The £34.99 piece is billed as great for "afternoon tea with the Queen":
'Rule, Britannia! The majestic George sweater proudly boasts the Union Jack flag across its centre front as a patriotic statement of Brit cool. Wear with a smart Oxford shirt and preppy chinos for afternoon tea with the Queen.'
Kate reportedly also picked up the £19.99 Guard T-Shirt which is described as the perfect garment for the little boy who dreams of one day becoming a soldier boy. In relaxed marl grey tone, the top features three soldiers with the slogan 'left, right, stop'.
Prince George wore the 'George' jumper for a private press reception at Kensington Palace in March 2013. Apparently he was very well behaved and dribbled quite a bit. Kate also revealed he has "Middleton eyes".
The Christening of Prince George took place on 23 October 2013 at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace. Twenty-two guests were invited including George's godparents, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Oliver Baker, Zara Tindall, Julia Samuel, Hugh Grosvenor and William van Cutsem.
Prince George wore a hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to The Queen. The original Honiton lace and satin robe, which is now 172 years old, was last used in 2004 with Lady Louise Windsor being the last royal baby to wear the piece. After years of wear it had become too fragile to use, so in 2008 The Queen commissioned a replica. It features the same length skirt, elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor. The first baby to wear it was was James, Viscount Severn, son of The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
20 August 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released two informal family photographs taken by Michael Middleton as the first official photos of Prince George. The relaxed shots show William and Kate with their son and much-loved dog Lupo in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Once again Prince George wore his G.H. Hurt and Son Merino Wool Shawl.
His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born at 4.24 p.m. on 22 July 2013 weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces at The Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Our posts on George's arrival can be found HERE, HERE and HERE.
The Prince's first swaddle was the Jungle Jam Print by Australian brand Aden + Anais. The 100% cotton swaddles comes in a four pack for £50 and can also be used as a burp cloth, nursing and strolling cover. George's gorgeous shawl is the £45 Super-Fine Wool Merino Christening Shawl by G.H. Hurt & Son. The company made two dozen shawls for the birth of Prince Charles.
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