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Prince George Turns 3 Years Old

Friday, July 22, 2016

Today, Prince George, whom I can no longer call Baby George, celebrated his 3rd birthday. As hard as it is to believe, three years have passed since the little royal kept the whole world waiting in the sweltering London heat outside the Lindo Wing. As is customary, the Duke & Duchess released official photos of the darling tyke to commemorate the day. 


These images were taken by Matt Porteous at Anmer Hall in mid-July according to the press release. Kate dressed George in an assortment of his signature shorts, tops, and sweaters, even breaking away from the blue in this sweet taupe ensemble. He is one preppy little man. 


I love that they chose to shoot outside. George is in his element and we got to see some fun details about the Cambridge family's home. A personalized swing etched with "William & Catherine" featured prominently in two photos. I imagine it is the kind of thing Carole Middleton might have come up with. It is charming and unique and a lovely feature in the family garden.


One exciting addition to the photoset was that of Lupo. The Duchess's beloved cocker spaniel has been AWOL for some time now. In a family photo a year or so ago it was reported that Lupo had been in the background, but when the photo was cropped, he was cut out. We saw him loping about in the background in one of Princess Charlotte's birthday photos, but today he certainly got the spotlight in this charming image of the little prince offering the royal dog a lick of ice-cream.


I had a bit of a long post planned for today, but everything is giving way for my current job. Thankfully, I will be back to normal in just a little over a week. Thank you for your patience!!

Love,

Jane

P.S. I did;t get the newsletter out last week, and I don't think I will get it out tomorrow. I am truly sorry. We'll be back at it in August.



69 comments:

  1. Too cute! I love the preppy vibe his parents have chosen. Lupo is also looking very cute ;)

    Really lamenting the fact that I have no tree branch for a similar swing. I wonder if, when the shop received the order for those two names, the engraver thought 'Hmmm...I wonder...nah couldn't be.'

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    1. Haha! @Anon 9:53, that's a fun visual of the shop owners:) I bet that's exactly how it must have felt:)

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    2. How true! :) Now, I am imagining all the "I knew it!" and "I told you so!" comments.

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  2. Lovely photos. Hope Lupo did not take a lick of the ice-cream though--not good for dogs.

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    1. It could be a special ice cream treat for dogs.

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  3. Alejandra RamírezJuly 22, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Great thoughts on the photos! Best of Luck in your job!

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  4. The swing was a gift from The Prince of Wales.

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    1. I read that also. From trees off one of his estates. A wedding gift. And that there are also swings with George's name and one for Charlotte.

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    2. Where did you read this? That is such a sweet and thoughtful gift!

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  5. He's got such a boy (instead of baby) look now. And the swing!! I saw a link somewhere. It gave me a US conversion. Then at the very end, even if I could have afforded it, said it doesn't ship this item to the States. �� I'll bet some enterprising American could come up with a version of it.

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    1. http://theoakandropecompany.co.uk/shop/category/19/swings

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    2. Thanks for the link, Diane. What lovely products! Pricey, but for a special occasion, absolutely!

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  6. He is so like his granddad Michael. What a dear wee fellow. Love the down to earth photos of him.

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  7. Happy birthday George! What a cutie pie, these are such lovely photos. Nice to say I share a birthday with this little one :)

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  8. Really?? We can't call them Baby after 3? :( That breaks my heart! I plan to call my now toddler Baby J for many years to come. :) Could someone ID those shoes, please? I've always loved George's traditional t-strap shoes and wondered where to get them for my son.

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    1. I called my first grandson baby until his little sister was born. Then he didn't want to be called baby anymore. Now #4 was just born and I'm having trouble not calling #3 "the baby."

      Finding those shoes here could be a challenge. American stores seem to be determined to rob our kids of their childhood fashions and try to turn them into teenagers.

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    2. I agree about the shoes, Robin. It seems to be more about mimicking adult "fashion" than comfort and age appropriate considerations for the baby/child.

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    3. She's back! That was bizarre royalfan. Try not to let that happen again. ha!
      I missed your in-depth comments. Truly.

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  9. Lovely photos: lovely little boy
    There are already lots of protests about the "ice cream", although there is no official statement that it was. I don't think either boy or dog could have eaten any--there would have been evidence on their faces.
    I do not think William or Catherine would have let him give Pluto anything unsuitable.

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    1. Do you mean Lupo? Oh, autocorrect!! I think they didn't know about the food issues for the dog. I do give my dogs limited amounts of milk products and it has never made them sick. But, chocolate is a huge no-no. This was white chocolate, some say that is still bad, others say since it has no cocoa then it is fine. I don't know.

      One Christmas our dog, ate (by accident) 32 mini ice cream bourbon balls. We rushed him to the vet but he was fine. He had to sleep it off, slept for a day and a half straight. We monitored him the whole time. Then our other dog ate 25 stuffed twice baked potatoes at Christmas and she never got sick, although inside she had to feel horrible. Yes, we watch our dogs closely, but at Chridtmas with all the food and people, they can swipe stuff. We found our St. Bernard with both front paws on the kitchen table eating the freshly made twice baked right before a party. She was so proud of herself.

      I'm sure Kate still considers George her baby, her big boy who will always be her baby!

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      Yes, Jean, I did read some of the fuss being made over the ice cream and it is rather ironic, no? As an animal lover who believes in fit and healthy animals, I see a little boy kneeling next to (not forcing himself on) a dog and offering him a lick of vanilla ice cream. I doubt this is part of Lupo's regular diet. :)

      This should be the world's greatest problem today, from wherever we happen to sit and comment.

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    3. Simple- so called "white chocolate "is not chocolate. Someone's imagination must
      be running overtime to have come up with that. I guess the thought process was:
      "Well, the dog's not actually eating whatever that white stuff is. Besides,
      a little lick of ice cream isn't going to kill him.How to turn this innocent photo into an indictment of W&C's parenting and ruin any possible good PR? Too bad it's not brown. It could be chocolate. Chocolate is supposed to be terrible for dogs. I know! WHITE CHOCOLATE!!!

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    4. If it's white it's not chocolate! This is such a big fuss over absolutely nothing! Let me guess...the article complaining about it was in the DM.

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    5. It is my understanding true "white chocolate" does contain theobromine, the chemical that is toxic to dogs. It contains cocoa fat but not the cocoa solids that flavor "brown" chocolate and have much more of the chemical. So the theobromine and caffeine (also problematic for dogs) levels are low in white (unsweetened baking chocolate is the worst but no  dog--or human- is likely to eat that plain!) So white is very unlikely to cause problems unless the dog has other health problems or is very small and eats alot. Theobromine and caffeine trigger release of norepinephrine in dogs which without treatment may cause anxiety, pacing, panting, and can trigger cardiac arrhythmias.  White "chips" are not true white "chocolate"..they have palm oil not cocoa fats...that is probably what causes the confusion.


      I think many of the comments online (not here) have been very mean-spirited. BUT I am still glad the RSPCA made a statement about feeding dogs. Given  the Cambridge effect, regardless of what George was actually offering Lupo, some clueless people might copy what they think they saw here---George giving his dog some variety of  "chocolate" ice cream. Fair or not, people do sometimes copy what they see the Cambridges do (or wear even if it does suit them.) And as others have said, some dogs tolerate dairy but some become quite ill. A dog that is already a little dehydrated in summer heat who reacts to dairy could get dangerously dehydrated from its effects. So I doubt Lupo is/was ever in danger but other dogs could have been without the polite RSPCA warning. 

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    6. This may be crazy but is it possible that George was just showing Lupo the ice cream and Lupo never actually ate it? My niece and nephew (around Georges age) constantly push things towards our animals that they (the cat and dog) don't actually eat. The kiddos just like to "show and tell" what they have.

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    7. I agree anon 9:40pm. The Middletons breed beautiful dogs and they all look very well cared for. Of course Lupo is not fed ice-cream or chocolate, why would he. It is just a lovely photo of a 3 year old boy showing his favourite dog his ice-cream.
      "Look Lupo, I have an ice-cream. Lupo's face says it all. "Great George, but it is not for me".
      I think that Kate and William just wanted to have a bit of fun with the photos, and this opportunity presented itself, so why not take the photo? After all, it is a good shot.
      If RSPCA want to make a statement, they have every right to do so. They might think that people would start feeding their dogs ice-cream based on this photo, I do not know?
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    8. Let's hope no one reads the Express and imitates their pimple-popping illustrations. Pimple -popping can do great damage.
      Where in the KP press release did it say it was ice cream? Somehow ice cream morphed into chocolate, until some twitterer or disgruntled royal writer realised it wasn't brown. Then the white chocolate version started. All this based on speculation, yet now we have so-called Kate supporters lecturing on the varities and chemical composition of chocolate. That's Not The Point. The point is, we're being told the ASPCA has lectured the Cambridges based on what is, at this point, Fiction.The point is, once again the much demanded photos were produced and, predictably, once again another attack.

      The internet and social media can be a valuable tool if used with intelligence, common sense, and consideration; otherwise, it is another weapon that ends up in the wrong hands.

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    9. Um it's clearly ice cream anon 1 - don't need an official press statement to see that. I personally think the dairy/chocolate hullabaloo is a bit silly but "controversy" does sell - if it wasn't the ice cream the press would have found some other element to pick on ("heir to the throne in danger from standing on a swing rather than sitting in pediatrician-approved safe position!")

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    10. It looks like a raw-hide bone to me. Otherwise, George would likely be a sticky
      mess. Why dress a child in a pristine outfit for a photoshoot and then hand
      him ice cream?
      Um...it was also "clearly chocolate-covered,"according to some. Not so obvious, after all.

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    11. Why give a child in a photoshoot some ice cream? As a bribe for good behavior or a reward for a job well done - for all we know that was the final photo of the day. And perhaps that's why it was white chocolate - less obvious mess.

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    12. Anytime is a good time for icecream, anon 4:10pm!
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  10. Lovely photos. What a precious boy. And I hope that you feel better as well.

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  11. Give me a good old tire swing. Cheap and a great way to re-cycle.
    The engraved planks would be a good project for the high school business club Junior Achievement (do they still have that?) or for a fund-raiser for a charity. Somebody ought to
    patent it.

    Jane-the high resolution photos are the best. Just do what you have to do and get back
    in the saddle when you can. I'll say it again, your pictures and prose are worth the waiting.
    Try to stay cool. St. Louis is sweltering right now.

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    1. Yes, they still do have JA! I have volunteered off and on over the years. One of the best things I've ever done, very gratifying.

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    2. Good to hear! My husband used to buy at least one of every project each year.
      Such an educational, yet fun activity. The JA dance was one of the most anticipated.
      (This was a very small town)

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  12. I read the British Country Living magazine quite often. It is very different than the US version of Country Living and available at B & N, probably other places as well. It the back of the mag, it is full of ads from British companies. I have since this swing (probably a version) many times, with engraving. It must be a very popular style over there. I always planned on getting one for my house, it reminds me of an old fashioned swing my neighbors had growing up. Anyway, great magazine, full of adorable British things.

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  13. I think that's the first picture I've seen of his arms. He's always has a sweater on. I bet the "ice cream" is a dog treat. I've seen them in pet stores. Sort of like "cake pops" for people.

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  14. Lupo hasn't been AWOL. He featured in the Vogue shoot too. I love that they include him, just as they would in private family photos

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  15. Prince George is leading the Christopher Robin life in Norfolk--a happy childhood.

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  16. I about died when I saw these yesterday! He is one handsome little man and I love the way Kate dresses him. The swing is such a great little peek into their private world at Anmer. Loved seeing Lupo too. Wasn't he in one of the Vogue photos as well? I'll bet little Charlotte was in some that W&K kept for themselves.

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  17. I loved these pics, all four of them, but my two favourites were the one where George was sitting on the swing, looking squarely into the camera lens, and the one of him striding through the garden wearing taupe.

    I was staring at the latter when my daughter strolled by, saw it was George, and asked how old he was. I told her, and she said that he looked older than that--too tall, too self-possessed. I then asked her whom she thought George resembled, and to my astonishment, she said: Diana, altho mostly, he just looks like himself.

    Well, well, well. I had to do a rethink, and I have to admit that there is a resemblance between George and a very young Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, right down to his colouring. And a part of me wouldn't mind in the least.((Please note: Charles Spencer still has a good head of hair, and he must be in his late 40s. This would also explain the consistency of Georges hair--heavier and coarser than Williams at the same age (Ws hair was silky and fine of texture). When you couple that with Mike and Kate's hair, George might actually beat the Windsor Curse, premature balding!!! Hip! Hip! Hooray!))

    And I do wish a sincere Happy Belated Birthday to George. I hope that he had a great birthday, yesterday.--I almost said that I hope his every wish came true, but had to check myself given his penchant for helicopters and Red Arrows, the real McCoy, not just the toys.

    Moving on, did anyone else notice that in the background of the pic showing George in taupe, there appeared to be a new building/mini-cottage, of wood? Looks big enuf to be a tennis change room, or, if George and Charlotte got really lucky, could be a kids-only space. I recall reading that once Kate's parents moved into Oak Acres, one empty shed on the property was devoted to them--the sort of place where they could blast loud music, invite friends, throw parties, lock out their PPOs if they'd had any, etc.

    Intriguing.

    JC

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    1. Baldness comes from your mother's side and Michael Middleton has a nice of head of hair still!

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    2. When my husband's younger brothers started teasing him about his receding hairline he told them "A man only has so many hormones. If you want to use yours to grow hair that's your business." Heeheehee...

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    3. Well, time will tell but research doesn't blame mom entirely anymore. Men with a bald dad are more likely to go bald too.

      http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/mens-health/articles/2011/02/22/what-causes-hair-loss-9-myths-about-baldness

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    4. Love that Robin!

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    5. On a completely unrelated note, baldness can be sexy ladies. Bruce Willis anyone?

      ROYALFAN

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    6. Or Patrick Stuart?

      Hope you get your google glitches figured out soon, royalfan!

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    7. I thought of him, too,Robin. I wondered if anyone still knows who he is.
      Baldness is not off-putting to me. Bad wigs are.

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    8. Thank you, Robin. Still having computer issues. Hopefully soon....!

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    9. PS Yes...he's up there too! :)

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  18. http://theoakandropecompany.co.uk/shop/category/19/swings

    This is the place that made the swing! Cost around $375 and takes a few weeks to make.

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    1. At least it was a William and Catherine swing vs a Camilla and Catherine swing LOL

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    2. Gotcha, royalfan. A reference to the ambiguous C&C bracelets.

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    3. If your question marks are for me, then my reference was to the C&C bracelet. :)

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    4. Ah thanks royalfan!

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  20. These are by far my favorite birthday photos released yet! They have such a clear, happy, and content quality to them. George is sure growing up! Loved his outfits.

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  21. JC, I'm having trouble posting, so I will respond here....

    I assure you that I am not grip challenged LOL. I was not suggesting that Kate is the Queen's favorite as in being invited to tea 7 days a week. My point was that given the soap opera issues of the eighties and nineties, the queen must be relieved to see William happily married to a young woman who brings so much to the table at every level.

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    1. You won't get any disagreement from me on that sentiment, royalfan, but I do wonder if the Queen appreciates Kate as much as she should, and as much we do. She certainly didn't appreciate Diana and the miserable mess that Diana faced--talking pre-Morton days.

      Heres the thing: members of the British RF seem, in general, to have low emotional IQs--thats the friendliest way I can put it.

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  22. Prince George is one cute kid.

    Lupo looks handsome too, and as for the "ice cream" brouhaha, think about it... How many pictures have we seen with kids holding ice cream and a dog sneaking a lick? I think that's what they were trying to convey in that picture. But I'm confident Lupo is still alive... People...

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  23. His arms were visible during Trooping the Colors, the RAF visit, in Australia visiting the zoo, the first birthday shot,....

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  24. OK! I Have To Say, William & Catherine are Very Intelligent People & William comes from a Family with a Loooooong History With Dogs! What Ever Was Going On With The Photo Shoot..... Does Anyone Truly Think They Would Compromise Lupo's Health!?..... I am a Photographer, & It is Entirely Possible That The Photographer Was Setting Up Various Cute Shots of George & Lupo, Including The "Ice cream Treat" (Doggie or Not) as Just That.... A Quick Slightly Posed Shot & No One, Not Even George....Was Intended To Eat The Treat!..... Just another Possible/Probable Scenario!
    Is it Also Possible/Probable That The Media Sources Stirring The Pot, Are Upset Because, Yet Again..... No PhotoCall PhotoShoot? Instead... Another Single Chosen Photographer & Then Released Photos!? To Quote Others..... Is The Rage Over The Dog "Possibly" Being Exposed to Dairy...... Proportionate To The Other Tragedies Going On In The World? Especially To Other Dogs?

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    1. Becca, I wonder how people would feel if they were in a position similar to this and had every photo of their child or children dissected and criticized to the degree that it is in some cases.

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  25. In the first pic, George actually looks quite a bit like Kate. I think he might have her eyes. (Definitely has a Windsor nose though!)

    And a big raspberry "pbbbbbbbtttt" noise to the brouhaha over the ice cream. What a bunch of nonsense over nothing!

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  26. Am, I take your pbbbbbbtttt and raise you two pbbbbbbtttts. ha!

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