Prince George will turn 10 on Saturday, a milestone birthday that is special for every child.
Prince William and Princess Kate are understood to have planned a party for family and many of the prince’s friends at their Windsor home, but in keeping with all “big” birthdays, the celebrations will be “special but not showy,” according to one family friend. Football, one of George’s greatest passions, is likely to feature prominently during the gathering.
There will be official pictures to mark the occasion, a royal tradition William and Kate have made their own with the princess often taking charming and candid photographs of her children on their birthdays.
One person who will be watching the occasion closely is childrenswear designer Rachel Riley, as she has been dressing the prince since he was a baby. Her pieces are also popular with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and together, the children have been spotted wearing her brand on 23 occasions. Riley, who works closely with the Princess of Wales’s dresser, Natasha Archer, to ensure Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are all immaculately dressed, has had a pivotal role in all three of the Wales children growing up.
For Riley, who started making clothes for her own children so that they could be comfortably and smartly attired, watching George, Charlotte, and Louis grow up wearing her clothes has been a privilege and an honor. It’s possible that George, who has worn Rachel Riley outfits on many occasions, will be wearing something from Rachel’s collection to celebrate his 10th birthday, however, she never knows what the children will wear until the occasion itself.
“Seeing pictures of the royal children is uplifting and joyous and I think it makes everyone feel happy,” Riley exclusively told Vanity Fair. “There’s a lot of hardship in the world and these children seem to bring a smile to people around the world.”
In recent years, the Prince and Princess of Wales have been more relaxed about allowing their children to be in the public arena. Prince George and Princess Charlotte have attended various important occasions from the memorial service for their great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh to the queen’s state funeral in September last year. In May, all three children attended King Charles’s coronation where Prince George had a key role as page of honour.