His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge turned one year old today, and people everywhere were flinging confetti and glitter to celebrate the chubby-cheeked result of a decade-long romance that captivated royal watchers the world over.
Then these happened, courtesy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and some friendly butterflies at the Natural History Museum in London:
The little prince is reported to have received more than 4,000 gifts from 49 countries since he was born, including some that haven’t been sent by post. There’s a crocodile in Australia’s Northern Territory named after him, along with three meerkats (George, Alexander and Louis – the prince’s middle names) who were adopted on his behalf at the Dudley Zoological Gardens in the West Midlands. In Kenya, the Samburu people donated a fattened black bull and a goat that will be used to start a new “royal herd” in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
There has also been a steady stream of clothes, blankets and toys gifted to Prince George, and while the Duke and Duchess pass on the majority of them to children’s charities, they still released a statement thanking people “for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family.”
Photo credits: John Stillwell/PA, DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org