It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating his arrival, so it’s hard to believe that today His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge celebrates his second birthday! Since his birth, the British public, royal enthusiasts and indeed the world have quickly taken Prince George to their hearts and, as he turns two, the nation once again celebrates another milestone for our future king.
As the first born son of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George is third in line to the throne and a future monarch – destined to succeed his father. So, as you would expect in the twenty-first-century, it’s been an eventful first couple of years for Prince George, with the world’s media hanging on each public appearance.
Growing up somewhat out of the spotlight, we’ve witnessed just a few of the key events in Prince George’s life, from his christening to his first steps. He’s even already completed his first official duty! Most recently he became a big brother, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having welcomed their second child, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, on 2 May 2015.
As the UK and indeed the world have celebrated these key events in the young Prince’s life, so have we at The Royal Mint. Such was the occasion of his arrival in 2013 that, for the first time ever, a royal birth was celebrated on a UK coin. On 23 October 2013, Prince George was christened and, as with his birth, the occasion – celebrated across the world – was marked with a UK coin with a design that featured clear reference to the Lily Font used during his christening ceremony. The appeal of the young prince continued and his first birthday was next to be celebrated, this time the design featured a cruciform version of the Royal Arms.
Now, as Prince George turns two, we celebrate once again!
In keeping with the coins that have marked the earlier key moments in Prince George’s life, a brand new £5 coin approved by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge themselves will mark his second birthday. This special edition coin carries a contemporary reimagining of the George and the dragon legend by esteemed artist Christopher Le Brun RA. St George for Prince George, having marked his birth the namesake returns to mark Prince George’s second birthday.
Key events in Prince George’s first years
22 July 2013 – Prince George is welcomed to the world.
20 August 2013 – The first official photographs of Prince George, taken by Michael Middleton, are released.
23 October 2013 – Prince George is christened in St James’ Place in London. It is only the second time he has been seen in public since his birth.
25 December 2013 – Prince George spends his first Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham.
3 February 2014 – Prince George goes on his first foreign holiday.
30 March 2014 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release an official family photo on Mother’s Day.
7 April 2014 – The royal family arrives in Wellington, New Zealand, where Prince George’s first ever official duty is to be welcomed by New Zealand’s prime minister John Key.
15 June 2014 – Prince George takes his first steps in public as he is photographed walking with the help of his mother on Father’s Day.
22 July 2014 – Prince George’s first birthday.
2 May 2015 – Prince George becomes a big brother with the arrival of Princess Charlotte.
22 July 2015 – Prince George celebrates his second birthday.