No picky eating! How to raise a royal baby

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William react as their son Prince George bites a small present that was given to him ... David Gray / AP
Prince George attempts to take a bite out of a gift given to him at Australia's Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014.

It’s been a whirlwind first year for Britain’s heir to the throne, from his very public debut at London’s Lindo Wing to his private christening and a successful royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

As Prince George turns 1 on July 22, we couldn't help but ask: What exactly does it take to raise a royal baby?

For starters, hiring an impeccable and top notch nanny is a must. Prince George’s nanny, 43-year-old Maria Borallo, is a graduate of Norland College — the same institution where most of the royal nannies have trained over the years.

"They produce the best nannies in the world. These are super nannies — Mary Poppins [type] — who can escape from the paparazzi, [are skilled] in high speed driving, and trained to deal with very confidential and private families," said Katie Nicholl, author of "Kate: The Future Queen."

Another useful tip is to expose the baby to different people and situations from a young age, as most of their adult life will be in the public eye. In a different day and age, young royals were often kept out of sight and distant from their parents.

"Things have changed incredibly from Victorian times to now. Prince George is being raised in a far more relaxed way," royal photographer Helena Chard told TODAY. "In Victorian times, it was very strict, even with what they used to eat — they couldn't really talk to their parents and couldn't have any cuddles."

What about discipline? How do you avoid those inevitable temper tantrums in public? The average baby might throw food, yank hair or kick up a fuss when a toy is taken from them, but as royal commentator Ian Pelham-Turner explains, none of that is acceptable in front of the queen. "That's the royal no-no," Pelham-Turner said. "None of that is allowed in royal presence, so it's kind of indoctrinated from a very young age into any royal baby from when they're born."

In a world of state dinners and weekly formal events, it is also advantageous not to raise a picky eater, as Princes William and Harry reportedly learned at quite a young age.

In a 2013 TODAY interview, former Kensington palace cook Carolyn Robb recalled how the princes ate pretty much everything and were coaxed by their parents to try different foods as often as possible. “At quite a young age they were already eating roast pheasant and things like that, which most children wouldn't touch at that age,” Robb said.

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Although it’s a life full of pomp and circumstance, royal babies of this day and age are encouraged to balance their duty with a life of normalcy.

“I think probably the most important thing to [Prince William and Duchess Kate] is that they are able to give George a bit of an ordinary upbringing, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron and an impossibility. ‘How can you possibly be royal and be normal at the same time?’ But if you look back historically, it was the same thing that Diana wanted for Harry and William and I think she achieved that,” said Nicholl.

Adventures of Prince George

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From the steps of St. Mary's Hospital in London to posing with his little sister Charlotte, take a look at the royal baby's adventures.


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