A tiny detail missed by royal fans in Prince George’s birthday photos shows that Kate Middleton is a laid-back mum.
The heir-to-the-throne turned seven on Thursday, with Kensington Palace having previously released two photos to mark the occasion.
Taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself at Anmer Hall, little George is seen beaming at the camera while wearing a camouflage T-shirt in one and a plain green top in the other.
Social media exploded will fans pointing out his uncanny resemblance to uncle James Middleton, with a photo unearthed of Kate’s brother, now 33, from 1991.
While the choice of clothing for George’s pictures appears to recognise the Royal Family’s long history with the armed services, it may also be a nod to adorable photos of his father Prince William and Uncle Prince Harry as children.
But it’s a broken button on George’s green polo that’s catching the attention now, something which was missed by most initially.
It’s likely Kate was well aware of the mishap before releasing the photos and decided it helped reflect her eldest son as a fun-loving child, unfazed by his royal heritage.
It is in keeping with the relaxed and informal feel of the photos, which also see the prince with ruffled hair and in the outdoors – testament to his mum’s laid-back style of parenting.
During an interview for the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast back in February, Kate opened up about one very common parenting topic – mum guilt.
Asked she ever feels pangs of guilt she said: “Yes absolutely – and anyone who doesn’t as a mother is actually lying. Yes – all the time.
“There’s such a pull, but I am such a hands-on mum, and whatever you’re doing you want to make sure you’re doing the uttermost best job you can for your children.”
Kate often takes photos of her children at the family’s Norfolk home on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, where George and his siblings, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis, have spent lockdown.
She and William threw a birthday party for George at home with family and friends within their “family bubble”.