Prince George’s Birthday Portraits

As Prince George celebrates his third birthday today, William and Catherine have released new images of their first born. The adorable shots show the tot, named Britain’s 49th best-dressed man by GQ in 2015, decked out in a classically stylish striped T-shirt and jumper, teamed with his favourite Trotters shoes, as he plays in the grounds of Anmer Hall.

The Cambridges will be joined at their Norfolk home today by a handful of the toddler’s Westacre Montessori School friends, alongside family members including Carole and Michael Middleton, to celebrate the future King’s birthday. Carole, thought to be responsible for planning George’s Beatrix Potter-themed first birthday extravaganza at Kensington Palace, is likely to have played a major role once again. Could the ‘Party Pieces’ entrepreneur have decked Anmer Hall’s gardens with her company’s Gruffalo-themed regalia, in honour of the prince’s favourite audiobook? And, if so, will Lupo, the family’s cocker spaniel, be dressed to match the theme, as we are assured is his want?

Either way, Lupo can expect to be joined by a new furry friend, as a
Bolonka Zwetna puppy worth £1800 is hotly rumoured to be amongst Prince
George’s birthday gifts. The Russian-bred dogs, developed from the
Bichon Frisé, weigh in at just 2-5kg when fully grown. George is also
expected to receive a rare Hornby ‘Royal Scot’ train set – complete with
Coronation Class loco, four coaches, two sidings, station and track –
worth £300, along with a set of toddler-sized rugby and footballs,
monogrammed with the initials ‘GALC’ for George Alexander Louis

Prince Charles is thought to be set to give his young
grandson a vintage Corgi Aston Martin ‘James Bond Goldfinger’ car, in
addition to a vintage toy plane. Last year, in honour of Prince George’s
second birthday, Charles had the stunning treehouse originally built
for Prince William’s seventh birthday restored, whilst the lucky young
prince also received an £18,000 Victorian-style ‘cottage’ playhouse on
wheels, complete with woodburning stove and daybed. Not to be outdone,
granny Carole made the almost equally extravagant gift of a zebra
rocking horse (complete with herd of accompanying wildebeest) carved
from wood taken from the Windsor Great Park estates.

Should the
entertainment not be up to scratch today, then, Prince George’s pals
should still find plenty to keep them amused. George’s godparents,
William van Cutsem, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and Emilia Jardine-Paterson,
are also tipped to be dropping in to Prince George’s birthday party,
where they can expect to rub shoulders with the likes of Zara, Mike and
Mia Tindall. Should the Queen and Prince Philip be unable to attend,
it’s thought that a second – barbecue-based – party could be on the
cards when the family convene at Balmoral. How better to round off one’s
birthday celebrations than with a pony ride and one’s grandpa ready to
dish up the bangers?