George's folks give thanks as he turns one
BRITAIN'S Prince George was to celebrate his first birthday yesterday with a party fit for a future king, as his parents thanked well-wishers the world over for their support.
Prince William and his wife, Catherine, were to throw a private bash at their Kensington Palace home in London to mark the occasion, with royalty and close friends in attendance.
For the party, Kate has baked George's cake herself, the London Evening Standard newspaper said.
"The family will mark the birthday privately at Kensington Palace with close family and friends," a royal spokesman said.
To mark the prince's birthday, the couple released two new photographs of the family, which show toddler George fascinated by butterflies at the Natural History Museum in the British capital.
In a short message accompanying the pictures, the couple thanked the public for their generosity towards the little prince over the last 12 months.
"We would like to take this opportunity on George's first birthday to thank everyone over the last year, wherever we have met them, both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous good wishes to George and our family," they said.
Newspapers said great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II would join the party, though her husband Prince Philip was less likely to turn up as he had engagements to attend in Greenwich.