Prince George Walks in Photo to Mark His First Birthday

PHOTO: This photo dated July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince Georges first birthday and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.
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He's grown up in front of our eyes, his every milestone captured by the cameras around the world and now, just days before Prince George Alexander Louis will celebrate his first birthday, Kensington Palace released a new snap of the growing prince walking.

It was taken by Press Association Staff photographer John Stillwell at the Sensational Butterflies exhibit at the Natural History Museum in early July.

The young prince was born July 22, 2013, at 4:24 p.m. in the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, with thousands of screaming fans and journalists outside.

In what they called it the Great Kate Wait, the media camped out for nearly three weeks outside the hospital, awaiting the arrival of the 8-pound, 6-ounce heir to the throne.

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Finally Kate stepped out in a pale blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress reminiscent of the green Catherine Walker polka dot dress Princess Diana wore more than 30 years earlier when she debuted a baby Prince William.

"He's got a good pair of lungs on him that's for sure," William joked to the crowd, perhaps a sign of what a boisterous boy little Baby Cambridge would become.

PHOTO: This photo dated July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince Georges first birthday and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.
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PHOTO: This photo dated July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince George's first birthday and shows the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.

The Duchess told well wishers: "It's very emotional and such a special time, I think every parent will know what this feeling feels like."

And it seems Prince George was ready for his first Royal Job and the life that awaited him; when his little hand peaked out of the white baby blanket, the British media immediately dubbed it George's first Royal Wave.

"He's got her looks, thankfully," William the proud father said, and poking fun at his ever receding hair, added: "He's got way more than me, thank God."

The couple strapped Baby George in his car seat, and William hopped behind the wheel of their Range Driver, driving his family home to Kensington Palace, something most normal couples do, but not most royals.

The only semblance of royalty was the bodyguard seated up front with William, signifying that this was very percious cargo indeed, and a police escort.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided that their firstborn was not going to be showcased in front of the world's cameras, but instead Prince George would have an upbringing that woul be private and as normal as possible.

A month later we got our second glimpse of Baby George, with an official photo released by the Cambridges. Will and Kate broke tradition with a Royal snap shot by Kate's father, Michael, at their Bucklebury home, with puppy Lupo and the Middletons' snoozing dog Tilly.

A bubbly Prince George showed the first signs of his personality waving his arms at his christening seemingly having mastered the Royal wave at only 3 months. The christening an intimate family affair with the Middletons and a few close friends, many of the extended members of the Royal family not included.

But in a nod to the solemnity of the occasion, an unprecedented portrait of the four generations of Windsors, the Monarch and her three heirs was released.

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