Prince George has officially hit double digits!
The eldest child of Prince William and Catherine, the Princess of Wales celebrated her 10th birthday on July 22 to the delight of family, friends and royal supporters around the world. The festivities in his honor will include a football-themed birthday party, according to royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, who said AND online let her parents make sure it’s nothing too lavish. The party will take place “under the radar” at the Norfolk family home or Windsor Castle, Nicholl explained.
“I’m told this birthday party will be family, of course, close friends, friends from his old school, [and] friends from George’s new school, but it won’t be flashy in any way,” Nicholl said. HEY. “A lavish party, where there’s huge expense, just isn’t William and Kate’s style.”
And as is family tradition, Nicoholl noted that Middleton will bake the cake for the festivities, as she does for all three children.
“I love baking the cake,” Princess Kate said on A Royal Berry Christmas in 2019, as People reported. “It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up until midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and frosting, and I overdo it. But I love it.”
Although he could be the second successor to the throne, George’s parents did their best to provide their son with a normal childhood. During an interview with British radio host Roman Kemp, Middleton shared that she and William, who also have two younger children, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, strive to make sure their children feel supported.
“It’s not about how many toys they have or how many trips you take with them,” Middleton told Kemp. “It’s just about making sure they have the right emotional support around them and that it’s coming from the adults in their lives.”
As expected, the parents released a new portrait of their eldest son on Friday. Dressed in a blue and white checked shirt and green trousers, George sat down on some steps and smiled brightly at the camera.
“10 today! Wishing Prince George a very happy birthday!” the caption of the read message.
Introducing Prince George to the world
News of Middleton’s pregnancy first broke when she was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes intractable vomiting during pregnancy. But the baby’s delivery went well and he was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London in 2013.
Although Prince George was introduced to the world by his parents on the steps outside the Lindo Wing, his name was not made public until the next day when it was announced that they would call him George Alexander Louis and he would officially be known as Prince George of Cambridge. It is named after several members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.
On the same day, George was visited by his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall in hospital. Now known as King Charles and Queen Camilla, the proud grandfather deemed the new tot “wonderful”. In October that year, he was baptized at the Chapel Royal in a handmade replica of the royal christening robe.
Looking back on the experience of showing her child to the world, Middleton later admitted “it was a bit terrifying, I’m not going to lie”. Appearing as a guest on Happy mom, happy babyMiddleton shared that they were actively training to put a doll in a car seat in the car, as they were well aware that they would have to do it with the whole world watching for their baby’s arrival, it was reported at the time.
Prince George’s Early Years
George became a big brother in 2015 when the family welcomed Princess Charlotte into their offspring. The tot visited his little sister in the hospital dressed in socks, shorts and a sweater. He waved to onlookers as he was carried into the Lindo Wing by his father.
Another important relationship in George’s early years was the toddler’s bond with his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, whom he knew as Gan Gan. In honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, George posed for photos with her as he stood on a pile of books.
Several years later, it was reported by The sun that Queen Elizabeth adored her great-grandson and “went out of her way to spend time with him” and even left small gifts for him at the foot of his bed when he stayed for visits to Buckingham Palace.
George met other famous faces in 2016 when then-President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited Kensington Palace. Dressed in a white monogrammed terrycloth bathrobe, the toddler enchanted POTUS while putting on his pajamas.
These days, George is busy attending Lambbrook School with his younger siblings. Describing itself as a “leading coeducational preparatory school for 615 boys and girls aged 3 and 13, set in 52 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside”, the school welcomed the family with open arms on their first day in 2022, when they arrived with their parents, CNN reported.
Outside of the classroom, George has a variety of interests. As his football-themed birthday party shows, the sport proved to be a favorite for George throughout his life. Frequently attending football games with his family, George is often seen kicking the ball around with his younger sister.
Beyond football, George is a tennis fan. Wimbledon champion Roger Federer shared with the daily star about hitting the court with George during a visit to Middleton’s parents’ home in 2019, even noting that the boy had a “good swing.”
Last month, George joined his sister Charlotte to attend Wimbledon. The dynamic duo delighted the spectators by reacting throughout the men’s singles final.