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Prince George's birthday is fast approaching! Yes, on July 22, 2014, Prince George Alexander Louis will turn one year old. And at his tender age, he's got a world of adoring fans—which, of course, is no surprise because...look how cute!
In honour of this royal milestone, our friends at Hello! Canada just came out with a "special 1st birthday collector's edition," Prince George: The First Year. This issue, which is now on newsstands, is jam-packed with amazing photos, quotes and fun facts—some of which I bring you in this adorable gallery.
Read on for 10 of His Royal Cuteness's favourite things (plus fun facts and famous quotes!)>>>>>
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When Prince George was born, his dad said this to reporters outside the hospital: "He's got his mother's looks, thankfully. He's got way more hair than me." And he does love his his mom's hair; he's even been photo'd trying to gnaw on it, as babies tend to do!
Fun fact: Traditionally, royal babies travelled in their mother's arms. But, not Prince George! His dad strapped him into a car seat and drove the family home.
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Cute, backpack, huh? Want it for your little one? You can purchase it for $15 at savethekoalashop.com (the online store for the Australian Koala Foundation). Of course, this item flew off store shelves when it was first photo'd—just like his baby blanket...and anything Mom wears.
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The Queen's oldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips, is George's only royal godparent. Her six-month-old daughter, Mia Tindall, enjoys a sweet friendship with the prince. After their first big playdate, Mia's dad, Mike Tindall, reported, "He and Mia seemed to get on as much as two babies can at their age."
Fun fact: Tower Bridge and various landmarks in London and around the world were lit up in blue when the future king was born—including the CN Tower, Parliament Hill and Niagara Falls.
One of Prince George's favourite parts of the royal tour in Australia and New Zealand was the Taronga Zoo, where he apparently went bonkers for the bilby! Indeed, the whole exhibit was named in his honour: The Prince George Bilby Exhibit. The lucky little guy got a bilby stuffy, and, when he threw it on the ground, Prince William laughed, "He does love it, honestly."
Prince George didn't actually get to touch the bilby—because William and Kate were worried George would hurt the animal!—but a witness said he was "very interested and grabbing at the glass."
Fun fact: When George was born, William told crowds outside the hospital, "He's a big boy, I can tell you. He's quite heavy!" and "He's got a good pair of lungs on him, that's for sure."
Like the famous blue cashmere cardigan he wore in a recent royal-family portrait—a gift from his grandfather, Prince Charles—cardigans are George's thing! He donned many of them during the Australia-New Zealand tour, staring the trip off with a white cardigan with a guardsmen motif, and ending the tour in the red one he wore while shaking hands with Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott.
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In a sweet blue onesie and striped blue-and-white hat, George beamed as they disembarked after his first plane ride to the Caribbean island of Mustique, when he was six months old.
George took that first plane ride to Mustique with his mom and uncle James Middleton. They went there to celebrate Grandma Carol Middleton's 59th birthday.
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He's reporting for duty at his first official engagement in New Zealand! George was, indeed, the guest of honour on a royal playdate with local children and their parents. His favourite toy in the room? The abacus.
"George is a lovely little by, very intrepid," said one of the parents on the playdate. Still, he did make one child cry when he stole her wooden doll!
Fun fact: George wore a $138 pair of Rachel Riley sailboat-smocked dungarees to the playdate (they sold out almost immediately, of course) and was called "gorgeous George" in the New Zealand papers.
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George loves his chew toys, as well as healthy treats, like mashed veggies (hand-mashed by Nanny Maria Borrallo, of course), and prepared baby food by Plum Organics. On the New Zealand playdate, Kate shared that he was enjoying solid foods—especially sweet potatoes.
Fun fact: When Prince William turned one, he already had six teeth. Prince George showed off four pearly whites in the Australia-New Zealand photos.
Awww, look at how they gaze into each other's eyes! George loves his dog, Lupo. "As a lot of people know who have dogs and bring newborns back, they take a little bit of time to adapt but, no, he's been all right so far," said Prince William. "He's been slobbering sort of around the house a bit, so he's perfectly happy!"
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