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Prince George birthday photos capture the wonder of turning 1

July 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM ET

Just in case the world didn't get enough royal cuteness over the weekend, Kensington Palace released two more pictures of Prince George a day ahead of the adorable toddler’s first birthday Tuesday.

In honor of the little prince’s upcoming first birthday, Kensington Palace released new images of the royal family together at at London's Natural History Museum.
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In honor of the little prince’s first birthday, Kensington Palace released new images of the royal family enjoying time together on July 2, 2014.

This time, the photos show the young prince with his parents during their visit earlier this month to a butterfly exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum. In one photo, Duchess Kate is holding the young prince and standing next to Prince William as the trio looks upward at something that apparently has flown away. In the other picture, Prince George is sitting on his mom’s lap, about to stroke a butterfly resting on the back of his father’s hand.

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The photographs were taken by Press Association photographer John Stillwell, who captured the young prince in the picture released Saturday showing the young heir to the British throne walking without help, his arms outstretched and a slight smile on his cherubic face.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce Prince George to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce Prince George to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.

In all three pictures, George is wearing a short-sleeved navy polo and knee-length dungarees.

"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.

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This photo dated Wednesday July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince George's first birthday and ...
John Stillwell
Prince George toddled around during a visit at the "Sensational Butterflies" exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London on July 2.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since Prince George was born. A massive media horde camped outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital for weeks ahead of his birth, while the world awaited his arrival, making bets on whether the child would be a boy or girl, his or her name, hair color and other details. 

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The only certainty was that the child would be as photogenic as his parents, an inevitability George quickly lived up to.

Image: Britain's Prince George plays with a toy at a Plunket play group event at Government House in Wellington
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From the steps of St. Mary's Hospital in London to playgroup in New Zealand, take a look at the royal baby's adventures.

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