Happy 37th Birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!

The Duchess of Sussex celebrates her 37th birthday today. Happy Birthday Your Royal Highness! It is expected that the day will be celebrated in private at Nottingham Cottage in London or anywhere else on the world where the couple might be on holiday today. As August is the traditional holiday month for the British Royal Family, neither the Duke nor the Duchess have any official engagements today. They are, together with the rest of the Royal Family, expected to return tot their duties in the early days of September.

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It’s been a very special year for the Duchess. A few months after her previous birthday, she announced her engagement to Prince Harry. In the months between the engagement and the wedding, the couple toured the United Kingdom. They were received warmly everywhere and embarked on many walkabouts to meet the public. In the mean time, Meghan had a crash course in protocol, foreign relations, constitutional law and other important subjects for her future role as a British Royal. She also attended many meetings with charities in anticipation of her work as a member of the Royal Family to get to know the British charitable sector. On May 19, a sunny and lovely day, the couple married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by their family and close friends.

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Happy 5th Birthday to Prince George!

Prince George celebrates his 5th birthday today. Happy birthday Your Royal Highness! To celebrate the birthday, Kensington Palace released a new photograph of the Prince last night. The picture is taken by photographer Matt Porteous following Prince Louis’ christening on July 9 in the gardens of Clarence House.

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The Prince is celebrating his birthday with his family today in private. The five Cambridges left London on Monday with the Middleton family for the paradise island of Mustique. They are enjoying their first holiday as family of five together in the Caribbean. The Duke and Duchess 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. Until 2014, the couple still joined them on their trip, but they haven’t been spotted at the island in the recent years, because of their own work schedules and George and Charlotte’s school schedules. It is expected that we might see July becoming their chosen month for the getaway to Mustique. The Cambridges and the Middletons can enjoy a private holiday on this island, that has already been a favorite for celebrities and royals for many years.

The Prince’s 2018 has already been very special. He welcomed a new baby brother in April and we saw him, still dressed in his school uniform, arriving at the hospital with his father and sister to meet his brother for the first time. Furthermore, prince George acted as a page boy at the wedding of his uncle with Meghan Markle. He sparkled on the official wedding photographs that were released after the wedding.

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New Photograph released for Prince George’s 5th Birthday!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new photograph of Prince George for the Sunday papers ahead of his fifth birthday tomorrow.

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The photograph was taken by photographer Matt Porteous after Prince Louis’ christening last week at Clarence House. He also took the fifth adorable shot from prince Louis with his mother which was released on Monday. The Duke and Duchess had asked Mr. Porteous to take photographs at the christening for their private photo albums. The official photographs were taken by Matt Holyoak.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge always release a photograph or a set of photographs for the birthdays of their children. Prince George usually gets pictures of him released taken by a professional photographer, while the Duchess usually takes Princess Charlotte’s birthday pictures. It is definitely possible that we will get another shot tomorrow.

It is not the first time that prince George’s birthday photograph was taken at his siblings’ christening. A picture taken by Mario Testino at princess Charlotte’s christening was released in 2015 for George’s second birthday.

It is also not the first time that pictures by Matt Porteous are chosen for the birthday release. In 2016, the photographer took a set of four pictures at Amner Hall that were released on occasion of the Prince’s 3rd birthday. The pictures included prince George with the family’s dog, Lupo, and prince George on a swing given to the Duke and Duchess as a marriage gift.

We’re having a traditional birthday blog tomorrow for our little Prince’s fifth birthday (time flies!). Come back tomorrow to check it out!

Happy 36th Birthday to the Duke of Cambridge!

The Duke of Cambridge celebrates his 36th birthday today. Happy birthday Your Royal Highness! It is expected that the day will be celebrated in private at Kensington Palace in London today or over the weekend. The Duke has a scheduled engagement later today, he will, as Patron of the appeal to create the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, attend the official handover of the newly built Defence centre to the nation. Prince George and Prince Charlotte have to go to school today. The Duchess, who is on maternity leave, and Prince Louis have no known activities today. They might be preparing for a small party tonight!

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It’s been a rather special year already for the Duke. In April, his wife gave birth to their second son, prince Louis. ‘Louis’ is one of William’s middle names, so his son is named after him. A month later, on May 19th, the Duke’s brother, prince Harry, married Ms. Meghan Markle. The night before the wedding, the Duke and prince Harry embarked on a small walkabout to greet members of the crowds waiting near Windsor Castle. William and Harry did the same thing in London on 28 April 2011, on the night before William’s wedding to Ms. Catherine Middleton.

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The First Portrait of Prince Louis & A Belated Birthday picture for Princess Charlotte!

The first official portraits of Prince Louis were released tonight. On one of the pictures, big sister Princess Charlotte (3) can also be seen. They were taken by their proud mother, the Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Prince Louis was born on Monday 23 April, just under two weeks ago.

The first of the two portraits was been taken on Princess Charlotte’s 3rd birthday on Wednesday. To our surprise, no new pictures of the Princess were released by the Palace for that occassion. Usually, a new picture (or a set of pictures) was released for every birthday. The Cambridges might just have been waiting a few days so they can release this lovely picture of the birthday girl with her baby brother.

On a second picture, the prince can be seen on his own. The photograph was taken bu the Duchess on the 26th of April, when Prince Louis was only 3 days old. I’m under the impression that Prince Louis looks a lot like his father and uncle when they were a baby! On the other hand, I think Princess Charlotte is a spitting image of her mother.

Pictures of the baby prince were not expected yet, since it took approximately a month before we saw the first photographs of prince George and Princess Charlotte after their births in 2013 and 2015. We might get another set of pictures before the Christening, likely not until later this month or the beginning of next month, with the three Cambridge kids together.

Pictures: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace