Hear ye, hear ye! We’re less than two weeks away from celebrating a monumental event: Prince George’s first birthday!

The wee ruler of our hearts was born on July 22, 2013, and the past nearly 12 months have taught us how royally cute baby George is. That grand expedition to New Zealand and Australia? Too many memes to count. Those shots of George on his first Father’s Day? Be still our hearts.

But what’s it like at the other end of that diaper? Dad Prince William spoke about his first year of fatherhood during an event at Buckingham Palace.

Marriage and parenthood have been the “silver lining” in his life, the 32-year-old royal told the group of young leaders. Like many in the group, the Prince’s life has been rocked by tragedy with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only a teenager.


“He said he lost his mum at 15 but there was always a silver lining and you should dust yourself off and carry on,” one man in the group told People of Prince William’s message. Now if that isn’t the living and breathing equivalent of “keep calm and carry on” we don’t know what is.

How will you be celebrating Prince George’s first birthday? Party suggestions encouraged in the comments below.

Source: People

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!