Published on July 21st, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

Happy Birthday Prince George!

Tomorrow is the first birthday of George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, or Prince George as we more commonly know him. And to mark his birthday celebrations, a commemorative coin has been released.

The commemorative £5 coin has been struck to silver proof quality and is part of a limited edition of only 7,500; making it a truly collectible item. What’s more, this coin uses a unique design which has not featured on a coin in 50 years. The design features the four national symbols of the United Kingdom. The cruciform version of the Royal Arms was created for Her Majesty The Queen in her coronation year and has not been used since.

George was born weighing 8lbs 6oz on 22 July 2013 in the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. This was also where his grandmother, Princess Diana gave birth to his father Prince William.

As the news was announced of the royal birth, the bells of Westminster Abbey rang and many thousands of people descended upon Buckingham Palace to see the official announcement which was presented on a wooden easel embellished with gold.

When his birth was made public, George’s name was unknown. It wasn’t until the 24th July when the Royal Baby’s name was announced as George Alexander Louis. Prince George is third in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William; his grandfather and father respectively. This is only the second occasion when three generations of direct heirs to the throne have been alive at the same time; the first time being between 1894 and 1901 during the reign of Queen Victoria.

In an eventful first year of his life, Prince George departed on his first royal tour in April 2014 with his parents when they visited Australia and New Zealand. His first public engagement was a play date held at Government House, Wellington which was organized by a New Zealand parenting organisation.His other public appearance on tour was a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia where he met a bilby which had been named after him.

Closer to home, Price George was next seen in public at the Jerudong Trophy Polo match that was held in June at the Cirencester Park Polo Club in Gloucestershire. The young prince was spotted taking his first steps with his mother by his side for support.

The royal toddler’s first year has certainly been an eventful one and if this it is anything to go by, Prince George will be in the public spotlight for many years to come!

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