The Royal Baby Turns 1

Prince George is walking, new official photos show

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 22, 2014 6:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin, and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes. What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king. Prince George turns 1 today, and while he might be too young to appreciate it, the milestone is a national event. Prince William and wife Kate, who plan a small party at Kensington Palace, have said little in public about the ups and downs of parenting, but we do know the royal babe is walking, thanks to official photos taken at the Natural History Museum in London and released to celebrate the tot's big day.

This photo released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and George during a visit to the Natural History Museum, London.
This photo released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and George during a visit to the Natural History Museum, London.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
This photo taken Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.
This photo taken Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during...   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
In this photo taken on Wednesday July 2, 2014  to mark his first birthday, Britain's Prince George walks, during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition, at the Natural History Museum, London.
In this photo taken on Wednesday July 2, 2014 to mark his first birthday, Britain's Prince George walks, during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition, at the Natural History Museum, London.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
This is a  Tuesday July 23, 2013  file photo of Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holding their son, Prince George, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for the media outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday...
This is a Tuesday July 23, 2013 file photo of Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holding their son, Prince George, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for the media outside...   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
This is a Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 file photo showing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaking with Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive with their son Prince George at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace London.
This is a Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 file photo showing Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaking with Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive with their son Prince George at the...   (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool, File)
This is a Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 file photo of Britain's Prince George as he is held by his father Prince William as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, for the christening of the three month-old Prince.
This is a Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 file photo of Britain's Prince George as he is held by his father Prince William as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, for the christening of...   (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool, File)
A Tuesday, July 23, 2013 photo from files showing Kate, Duchess of Cambridge her husband Prince William and their son who was born Monday, leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in west London Tuesday July 23, 2013.
A Tuesday, July 23, 2013 photo from files showing Kate, Duchess of Cambridge her husband Prince William and their son who was born Monday, leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in west London Tuesday...   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
This is a Wednesday, April 16, 2014  file photo of Britain's Prince George's as his hand is held by New Zealand Governor General  Jerry Mateparae as he leaves with his parents Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge on a plane bound for Sydney, Australia from Wellington, New Zealand.
This is a Wednesday, April 16, 2014 file photo of Britain's Prince George's as his hand is held by New Zealand Governor General Jerry Mateparae as he leaves with his parents Prince William and Kate,...   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford, File)
This is a Sunday, April 20, 2014  file photo of Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William as they give their son Prince George a stuffed toy of Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young prince, during a visit to Sydney's...
This is a Sunday, April 20, 2014 file photo of Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William as they give their son Prince George a stuffed toy of Australian animal called...   (AP Photo/David Gray, Pool, File)
This is a Friday, April 25, 2014  file photo of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she holds Prince George as they say goodbye before they board their flight in Canberra,  Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014.
This is a Friday, April 25, 2014 file photo of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she holds Prince George as they say goodbye before they board their flight in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 25,...   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
Kate the Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George before boarding their flight home to London in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014.
Kate the Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George before boarding their flight home to London in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, center, along with son Prince George, stand atop of the stairs as they say goodbye before boarding their flight in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014.
Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, center, along with son Prince George, stand atop of the stairs as they say goodbye before boarding their flight in Canberra,...   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, with son Prince George, stand atop of the stairs and wave goodbye as they board their flight in Canberra,  Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, with son Prince George, stand atop of the stairs and wave goodbye as they board their flight in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William react as their son Prince George bites a small present that was given to him during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Australia Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William react as their son Prince George bites a small present that was given to him during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Australia...   (AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her son Prince George visit Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Australia Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her son Prince George visit Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Australia Sunday, April 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, watch their son Prince George looking at an Australian animal, called Bilby, which has been named after the young Prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo Sunday, April 20, 2014. The royal couple are on a 19-day official...
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, watch their son Prince George looking at an Australian animal, called Bilby, which has been named after the young Prince, during a...   (AP Photo/David Gray/Pool)
His Royal Highnesses Prince William holds his son Prince George after he and wife  Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Sydney,  Australia, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
His Royal Highnesses Prince William holds his son Prince George after he and wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, passes Prince George to her husband Prince William after they arrived in Sydney,  Australia, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, passes Prince George to her husband Prince William after they arrived in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George arrive in Sydney,  Australia, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William right, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George arrive in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Britain's Prince William carries Prince George with his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they depart for Sydney, Australia, from Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Britain's Prince William carries Prince George with his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they depart for Sydney, Australia, from Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Marty Melville, Pool)
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Marty Melville, Pool)
Britain's Prince George, left, plays with his mother, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Britain's Prince George, left, plays with his mother, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April...   (AP Photo/Marty Melville, Pool)
Britain's Prince George plays with the hair of his mother, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Britain's Prince George plays with the hair of his mother, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday,...   (AP Photo/Marty Melville, Pool)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George as Prince William, right, looks on during their arrival Monday, April 7, 2014, at Wellington Airport, New Zealand.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds Prince George as Prince William, right, looks on during their arrival Monday, April 7, 2014, at Wellington Airport, New Zealand.   (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Mark Mitchell)
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 07, 2014.
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 07, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland)
This image made available by Camera Press shows an official christening photo of Britain's Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.
This image made available by Camera Press shows an official christening photo of Britain's Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jason Bell, Camera Press)
This image made available by Camera Press shows the official christening photo of Britain's Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.
This image made available by Camera Press shows the official christening photo of Britain's Prince George photographed in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jason Bell, Camera Press)
Kate Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, with the Bishop of London Richard Chartres behind, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.
Kate Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, with the Bishop of London Richard Chartres behind, Wednesday Oct. 23,...   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess's father, in early August 2013 and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England, with  Tilly the retriever, seen left, a Middleton family...
This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess's father, in early August 2013 and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden...   (AP Photo/Michael Middleton/TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess's father, in early August 2013 and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England.
This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess's father, in early August 2013 and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden...   (AP Photo/Michael Middleton/TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
This is a Tuesday July 23, 2013 file photo of Britain's Prince William places carefully the Prince George of Cambridge into a car, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they leave St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22.
This is a Tuesday July 23, 2013 file photo of Britain's Prince William places carefully the Prince George of Cambridge into a car, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they leave St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo...   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
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