As Prince George prepares to celebrate his first birthday, he and mother Kate Middleton are featured in Vanity Fair's August cover story by Katie Nicholl.
Needless to say, the royal family looks picture perfect.
Reporting on how the boy upended Prince William’s and Kate’s lives, Nicholl gives a behind-the-scenes look at George’s first year. Excerpts below ...
On George's appetite: While George behaved well in his first few public appearances, he often cried loudly and frequently, and did not sleep through the night.
The baby prince, still breastfeeding, was permanently hungry ... only in the new year, when Kate introduced solids, did George finally sleep through the night.
On their new nanny: Spanish-born Maria Teresa Turrion Borallo spent a week bonding with George at Kate’s family home in March [with] the Middleton grandparents.
Meanwhile, Will and Kate jetted off to the Maldives for a second honeymoon. They caught flak for leaving him behind, but on another occasion, did not ...
On the visit to New Zealand and Australia: William privately admitted to being nervous about the long flight, tropical climate, and intense media interest.
The Queen gave the family her blessing to fly together, even though this was seen as a breach of protocol because direct heirs do not usually travel together.
On Prince George’s upbringing: William and Kate want George to enjoy a normal upbringing. They take George to playdates at the homes of friends.
As for speculation about when George will have a sibling, Nicholl reports that there are rumors among the couple’s friends that they plan to try this summer.
On the latest Kate Middleton photo scandal: There was a huge demand for pictures of George, who had not been seen aside from the official christening pictures.
In December, photos of Kate strolling through a park, dressed down in a baseball cap and sneakers pushing the pram, were published overseas.
After that episode, Kate Middleton decided to walk George exclusively on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where the duo could not be photographed.
The family has had her issues with paparazzi in the past, and is clearly looking to avoid anything resembling the Kate Middleton photo scandal(s):