A guest list fit for a prince! The queen joins the birthday party!


The cake was iced, the sandwiches made and the balloons blown up and hanging from the ceiling. All that was needed was the guests and with Prince George the birthday boy, they were never going to be ordinary.

The most important guest was his great-grandmother, the Queen, who could be seen perched in the back seat of her car as she was driven through the gates of Kensington Palace in London, and spent 50 minutes with her great-grandson.

Looking summery in a floral patterned dress and her trademark pearls with bright red lipsick, the Queen looked delighted to be attending - and even got her car to slow down as it drove past the cheering crowds that lined the route to the palace. 

Guest of honour: The Queen, resplendent in a summery floral patterned dress, is driven into Kensington Palace for George's party

Favourite cousin: The Middletons were followed by Zara Phillips, reportedly William and Harry's favourite cousin, who arrived with her husband Mike and daughter Mia

Party time: As well as his uncle Prince Harry, George's first birthday guest list also included his maternal uncle, James Middleton, who arrived wearing a pair of Ray Bans

Present for George: Although George's grandparents Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Scotland, Charles did pick up a toy squirrel for his grandson

The brains of the operation: Carole Middleton, wearing a typically elegant polka dot tea dress, drives into the palace for the party she organised

Grandpa's here: Michael Middleton arrived in a separate car from his wife. Prince George spent his first few months at the Middleton home in Bucklebury

Well-wishers left flags and balloons at the gates to Kensington Palace. Inside Prince George, his parents, aunt and uncles were celebrating along with his Middleton grandparents and his great-grandmother, the Queen.

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