Kate Middleton and Prince William Celebrate Prince George’s First Birthday with New Butterfly Photos and a Message of Thanks

George's First Cover
Prince George covers 'Vanity Fair' for his first birthday.
Prince George's Play Date
The little one enjoys a playdate in New Zealand.
Yep, there are even more photos of Prince George of Cambridge and those cute little baby blue overalls.

To mark George’s first birthday on Tuesday, new photographs of his recent visit to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition have been released. His beaming parents — Kate Middleton and Prince William — are also included in the portraits.

“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,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a statement published on their official website.




[All photos courtesy of MPNC/AKM-GSI]

George Alexander Louis was born on July 22, 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces. The Duke and Duchess introduced the world to their newborn the following day, and made the official announcement of his name the day after that.

Prince George’s christening took place on Oct. 23, 2013 at The Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace. The little prince donned a hand-made replica of the Royal Christening Robe for the occasion.

This past April, the prince had his first official tour when he joined his parents for a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. More adorable outfits were on display, courtesy of the baby prince.

On Monday, the royal family unveiled a new solo photo of the third in line to the British throne from his July 2 visit to the butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

“He was fascinated to see them fly but a little scared when they got a bit close to him,” John Stillwell, the photographer behind the solo portrait, told PEOPLE this week.

“As anybody with a young toddler would be, they were very proud parents,” he added of the Duke and Duchess. “They were very relaxed and were happy to be there, showing him around. They were showing him things, pointing things out. What stands out is how relaxed they are when they are doing something like that. There are no airs and graces.”

Happy First Birthday, Prince George!