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Prince George birthday photos capture the wonder of turning 1

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. 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
Royal family celebrates Prince George's first birthday.

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This photo dated Wednesday July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince George's first birthday and sh...
Royal family celebrates Prince George's first birthday. EDITORIAL USE ONLY This photo dated Wednesday July 2, 2014, was taken to mark Prince George's first birthday and shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 21, 2014. See PA story ROYAL George. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA WireJohn Stillwell / PA

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 first birthday, Kensington Palace released new images of the royal family enjoying time together on July 2, 2014.John Stillwell / Today

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.John Stillwell / Today

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.

Prince George toddled around during a visit at the \"Sensational Butterflies\" exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London on July 2.Today

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.

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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