Happy Birthday, Prince George: The ABC's of the future king's first year

It feels like just yesterday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced their infant son - now about to celebrate his first birthday! - to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital.

We’re not the only ones who think time has flown by. George is “racing around,” a proud Kate said of her son earlier this month. “He’s so fast and I can’t believe he is opening doors already.”

In fact, pretty soon he’ll even be learning his A, B, Cs! Before that, in our new issue of Hello! Canada, we’ve spelled out our own alphabet chronicling the adorable heir’s milestone first year.

Here’s a sneak peek – and don’t forget to pick up your new issue of Hello! on newsstands Thursday!

A is for ANMER HALL

When the Queen gave the Norfolk estate to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013, they hoped it would be renovated by George’s first birthday, and the family is already making memories here.

B is for BIRTH

Kate delivered her son naturally at 4:24 p.m. (local time) on July 22. He weighed eight pounds and six ounces and was introduced to the media a day later outside St. Mary’s hospital. His name – George Alexander Louis – was revealed on July 24.

C is for CAR

George won’t be hitting the roads legally until he turns 17. In the meantime, he can get behind the wheel of his toy derby car. His grandfather, the Prince of Wales, rode a similar one around the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral, as a child.

D is for DADDY

William has taken to fatherhood with obvious delight and is likely the most hands-on future monarch in British history. “He’s a little bit of a rascal. He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger,” says William. “He’s growing quite quickly, but he’s a little fighter.”

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