Queen helps celebrate Prince George's birthday

Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. Photo / John Stillwell/AP
Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. Photo / John Stillwell/AP

Queen Elizabeth II has joined her great-grandson Prince George at his first birthday party in London as his parents thanked well-wishers the world over for their support.

Prince William and his wife Catherine threw a private bash at their Kensington Palace home to mark the occasion, with the 88-year-old monarch top of the exclusive guest list that included only royalty and close friends.

Queen's Elizabeth's green Bentley car was seen driving through the palace gates.

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"We can confirm that the Queen has arrived at Kensington Palace," a royal spokeswoman told AFP.

In a short message, William and Kate thanked the public for their generosity towards their 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.


Photo / John Stillwell/AP

Grandfather Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were unable to attend the party as they are in Scotland on their annual summer visit.

However, George was not far from their thoughts as the Scottish Wildlife Trust gave the heir to the throne a giant red squirrel cuddly toy to pass on to little George.


Photo / John Stillwell/AP

Meanwhile the bells of Westminster Abbey in central London, where William and Kate got married in April 2011, rang out to mark George's birthday.

Charles's Clarence House residence thanked everyone who sent birthday wishes on Twitter - the social networking site that George's uncle Prince Harry on Monday admitted he hated.

- AFP

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