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Prince George Checks Out a Butterfly in Cute New Birthday Photo

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George as he points to a butterfly on Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's hand as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. John Stillwell—WPA/Getty Images

More official photographs of Prince George have been released, as the world gets ready to celebrate the young royal’s first birthday on Tuesday. The young prince, who was pictured walking on his own in a photo released last Saturday, appears with parents William and Kate during a visit to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum.

Word is that the British heir will be feted at an intimate party held at Kensington Palace. What do you get the baby who (probably) has everything? Looks like he’s pretty happy with a butterfly.

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2 Minutes of Overwhelming Cuteness: A Look at Prince George’s First Year

Because Prince George is one very cultured baby

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Though Prince George is only celebrating the very first anniversary of his birth, let’s face it — he’s done a lot more than the average one-year-old.

Not only did George get an Australian marsupial named after him, the youngest royal also racked up more than 32,000 miles in flights throughout the past year–and has no less than seven godparents.

Relive the highlights of George’s cutest moments in the video above.

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Prince George Hangs Out at the Natural History Museum With Will and Kate

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Prince George during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, July 2, 2014, in a photo released on July 19 to mark Prince George's first birthday. John Stillwell—AFP/Getty Images

The young royal Prince George celebrates his first birthday Tuesday

The world’s most powerful baby celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday, and parents Will and Kate have decided to grace the world with new photos of their little Prince George. The apple-cheeked heir has had a busy first year, filled with public playdates, a magazine cover, his very own currency and a serious friendship with family dog Lupo.

The United Kingdom Press Association released a new photo of the Buckingham baby on Saturday, from an earlier visit to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum with his parents. The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine is a patron of the museum. Two more photos of the royal family are expected to be released Monday.

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Prince George Lands Vanity Fair Cover

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Everything you need to know about the royal toddler's first year

At just shy of a year old, Prince George has snagged his very own Vanity Fair cover. The magazine’s August 2014 issue is filled with all the juicy details about the royal’s first year, including tidbits from “palace insiders” about George’s celebrity status, sleep schedule, “permanently hungry” beginnings, colic and more.

On July 22, it will have been a full year since the world spent an entire day constantly refreshing this page while waiting on Royal Baby updates. In that time, as Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl reports, much has happened to little George Alexander Louis. He has moved on to solid foods, received a new nanny and enjoyed endless attention from the public as he toured New Zealand and Australia with his famous parents.

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Experience Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Loss Through This Kate Middleton GIF

The Duchess of Cambridge's upper lip was anything but stiff as the reigning Wimbledon champ lost in the quarter-finals

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The usually reserved royals betrayed their country’s stiff upper lip while watching Wimbledon’s reigning champion Andy Murray lose to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. The Duchess of Cambridge appeared quite animated during the match, pulling a variety of faces that show just how passionate she is about tennis.

Kate, whose family has already made several appearances at the Royal Box at Wimbledon this week, was clad in a white eyelet dress by Zimmerman, while William wore his usual uniform of pants, shirt and a jacket. She also donned a pair of stylish oversize shades with her tennis whites for the event.

The loss was quite a blow for the great Scot: Murray has made the semi-finals at the Grand Slam event every year since 2008.

 

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See Kate Middleton’s Stunning Fashion Evolution

Wearing everything from sleek wrap dresses to those inescapable royal hats, the Duchess of Cambridge is creating her own style — and inspiring countless copycats.

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Here Are 6 Things We Learned from Pippa Middleton’s 1st TV Interview

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Pippa Middleton sits down with Matt Lauer in her first-ever television interview (Anthony Harvey --NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images) NBCU Photo Bank—Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister took the opportunity to settle some misconceptions about life as a glamorous Royal in-law

Pippa Middleton appeared on the Today show Monday morning for her first television interview ever, and banished some of the myths and rumors that have built up around her since she became the most glamorous of the Royal Family’s in-laws.

Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson’s sister-in-law told Matt Lauer about all the drama surrounding the Royal Wedding, her relationship with her sister Kate, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, and her deepest feelings about being an aunt to Prince George.

1) Misconception: Pippa knew the Royal Wedding was the most important historical event of the century.

Truth: “It sounds funny to say, but we saw it, as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn’t realize, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards,” she said. “We all took on the the roles as any family would.” Pippa said she didn’t realize what a big deal it was until she saw the crowds from the balcony.

2) Misconception: Pippa plotted to steal the show with her form-fitting bridesmaid’s dress.

Truth: “It was completely unexpected,” she said. “The plan was not really for it to be a significant dress, really just to blend in with the train.” She added that the attention to her butt in the dress was “flattering” but “embarrassing, definitely.”

3) Misconception: Pippa’s dress is in a museum somewhere with a fiberglass model of her butt.

Truth: “It’s actually still in my wardrobe at home,” she said. “I haven’t worn it since. But I think I’ll just keep it there…I think it’s the sort of thing that I’m sure I’ll bring out if someone wanted to see it or my children one day want to see it. Then I’ll show them.”

4) Misconception: Pippa and Kate have a plot to re-take the colonies for the British Crown.

Truth: Pippa and her brother James actually just completed a 6-day bike race across the U.S. to raise money for charity, not to survey the territory for conquest.

5) Misconception: Being famous is all fun and games and hanging out with Kate at the palace and eating bon-bons.

Truth: “It’s really difficult. It’s getting used to not being entirely private, and feeling wherever I go that someone might spot me. For good or bad, it means I don’t entirely relax, especially in cities,” Pippa said. “The nature of Twitter and Facebook, people will say they’ve just seen me somewhere, and particularly in a restaurant that could be the worst, because if someone tweets in a restaurant then a photographer could show up at a restaurant and then my private dinner is not so private.

6) Misconception: It’s easy being one of the most eligible bachelorettes in England.

Truth: “I have felt publicly bullied a little bit, like when I read things that clearly aren’t true. It is quite difficult because I’m just paving my way and trying to live a life like any 30-year old,” Pippa said. “I think people feel they can say something about you online or on a web page that they would never say to your face, and they think thats okay.”

7) Misconception: The younger Middleton sister is a first-class idler with zero ambition.

Truth: Pippa actually loves to write. “There’s so much I’d love to achieve, and I want to keep up the sport and health side of things, because that’s really important to me, so trying to blend that in with my love of writing and food and entertaining.”

 

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The Guy Who Married Kate Middleton Turns 32

Prince William may be second in line to the British throne, but he often takes a backseat to his better half. So in honor of his birthday, here's a look back at his life from his childhood with Princess Diana to his debut as a young dad

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Prince George Gets a Really Fancy Birthday Present

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Prince George of Cambridge attends a Plunket Play Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images

Happy birthday, Prince George

What do you get the 1-year-old who has everything? His own currency, of course.

The Royal Mint announced it is creating a limited-edition £5 silver coin in honor of Prince George’s first birthday on July 22. It’s the “nation’s gift” to the Royal Baby.

Queen Elizabeth II’s face will be on the coin, as with all currency in the U.K. But it will also be the first coin to include the cruciform version of the royal arms, representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, since 1960. There will only be 7,500 coins available, with a limit of 10 coins per household.

Each coin will be sold for £80, or about $136. The coin was approved by the child’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (that’s William and Kate to you commoners), along with his great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

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Finding Prince Charming: When Commoners Marry Royalty

After Felipe VI was enthroned on June 19, succeeding his father, media outlets began to frantically compare Kate Middleton, the next Queen of England, with Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Spain’s next queen, in a bid to determine who is Europe’s most attractive royal. Their looks aside, what both women have in common is that they’re, well, common. Though their stories might seem unique, they’re not the first commoners to find Prince Charming. In this gallery we take a look at other, ordinary women who married into European royalty.

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