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How Prince George's 1st birthday will compare to Prince William's

01 JULY 2014

In a few short weeks, Britain's favourite Little royal, Prince George, will celebrate his first birthday.

Like any other family, the Cambridges are expected to celebrate the momentous occasion with a party. The bash is expected will be a small affair, attended by just close family and friends of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, neé Kate Middleton.

The celebration in the midst of his loved ones will make George's special day markedly different from when his father turned one ,though. The second-in-line to the throne spent the day with his nanny given that his parents were in Canada on 21 June 1983.

 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and their dog Lupo


As Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana were overseas, they called their young son on the day to wish him a happy birthday.

In a BBC report on their day in Canada, it was revealed that they spoke to Barbara Barnes, William's nanny, but Prince Charles said they could only "hear a few squeaks" from William.

Victor Chapman, Prince Charles' press officer, said at the time: "They felt the trip is too short to take Prince William. They will be spending much of their time on the royal yacht Britannia and the seas can get pretty rough this time of the year."

 

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana


He also added that Charles and Diana were very unhappy to be away for their first son's first birthday, but the pair made up for it on 10 July when they held a belated event at which all of the royal family were together to join in the festivities.

Described as an "affectionate, high-spirited child," William was raised as normally as possible by his parents, who often broke with tradition to ensure he enjoyed greater freedom growing up tan previous generations of the royal family.

Diana called her young son twice daily whenever she was away from him, and Earl Edward Spencer, Diana's father, said that William's parents were "quite potty" over him.

 

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Prince William with his nanny Barbara Barnes


Kate and William are equally smitten with their first son, who was last spotted with his parents in Cirencester on Father's Day.

As the future King turns one, his big day is likely to be marked with a set of official photographs, as Kate, William, and their families gather to mark his milestone first year.

Kate's younger sister Pippa Middleton hinted at what Prince George could expect at his party on 22 July this year, if his parents follow her advice.

"Your one-year-old will feel most at ease with people they know well, so keep their first birthday party familiar and intimate," Pippa posted on The Party Times, the online magazine that promotes her parents' party planning business.

She added: "Usually, a small crowd consisting of close family and a few friends with babies of the same age is enough."

No matter what sort of party Kate and William host for George, his first birthday is likely to be very different from William's experience.