To honor Prince George's birthday today, July 22nd, the royal family has release two more photos of their precious heir. In the latest snaps, George is seen playing with butterflies with his parents Kate Middleton and Prince William. So sweet!

William and Kate have also released a statement of thanks on their son's first birthday, saying "We would like to take this opportunity on George's first birthday to thank everyone over the last year wherever we have met them, both at home and overseas, for their warm and generous wishes to George and our family."

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We can't believe it's been a year since we sat with bated breath waiting for the announcement that the royal baby was here -- and then all over again to hear his name! But it's been a lot of fun to see George grow up, from his first moments outside of the Lindo Wing, to his Christening and of course the royal tour. We love his mother for her incredible fashion sense, and we love little George for his adorable personality.

The first photo released on July 20th (for the Sunday papers) showed George running around confidently on two feet at the Museum:
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Click through the gallery above to see more precious pictures of the royal baby, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Happy birthday Georgie!

Plus, what sweet treat do you think Prince George will eat for his birthday? VOTE over on Kitchen Daily!