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  • Prince George took his first steps at 10 months
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton have encouraged charity donations for Prince George's birthday
  • Prince George has two nurseries at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall
  • Prince George is expected to make fewer appearances this year

By their first birthday, most kids have mastered the art of blowing spit bubbles and hurling baby food at Mummy - but Prince George is no ordinary child.

From watching his first polo match to flying to the other side of the world for a royal tour, the third in line to the throne has already seen and done more than some of us will in a lifetime.

George has even been commemorated with a shiny limited-edition £5 coin designed by the Royal Mint especially for his birthday as a ‘gift from the nation'. So, how will the Prince celebrate his first milestone on 22 July - and what new adventures await him?

Birthday bash

Despite there not being any royal protocol for first birthdays, Kate Middleton and Prince William will undoubtedly make a huge fuss of their boy. But they'll be more concerned with spending quality time as a family than an OTT bash.

Royal biographer Marcia Moody says: ‘If the christening was anything to go by, it will be a small, low-key celebration, similar to what their friends would throw for their children's first birthdays - no ‘kidchella' like North West!

'They'll probably have a tea party with lots of cake and George will crawl about later in the grounds of Kensington Palace.'

The cake

For Kate's first birthday, her mum Carole baked her a cake and threw a little do attended by other local babies. But for George's birthday, Kate won't need to don her apron as her brother James runs cake company Nice Cakes and is likely to whip up a specially decorated effort.

The presents

Royal babies are usually spoilt rotten on birthdays, but our thoroughly modern Royals won't be buying George anything too extravagant.

‘I'm sure he'll receive some traditional luxury children's items - a rocking horse or a silver tooth fairy box,' says Marcia, whose book Kate: The Biography is out now.

‘But William and Kate would favour personal items like a scrapbook of his first year, with hospital tags and a lock of hair.'

Victoria Murphy adds: ‘George has two nurseries - one at Kensington Palace and one in Anmer Hall in Norfolk - so he needs plenty of toys to fill them.

'In Australia, Kate mentioned he was obsessed with wombats after receiving a cuddly toy and how he liked to watch the boats. However, as they did for their wedding, Wills and Kate have encouraged people to give donations to charity instead.'

Kate: The Biography by Marcia Moody is out now.

Read the full story about Prince George in this week's Now magazine dated 14 July 2014 - download the digital edition now!

 

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