As Prince George turns one, it also means Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is wrapping up her first year with a new title: Mom.
No one will celebrate her accomplishments over the past year with a party that involves cake and fun pointy hats - and why would they? - but it is interesting to look back at the way Kate has handled her new duties.
The duchess may have been criticized for not doing enough when it came to royal duties - she does, after all, have a nanny to help her care for her son - but Anne Donahue, a celebrity blogger for the website babypost.com, says because we don’t see behind the palace walls, we shouldn’t judge.
“We see her, what, when she makes public appearances? We know literally nothing else. So we can only assume that she's doing her thing and being the best mom to George that she can be because there's no reason to think otherwise,” Donahue said, adding Kate “nailed this first year.”
It was revealed Kate made visits to children hospices a week before an official visit when media was invited. It’s entirely possibly she’s doing other charity visits incognito as well.
When Kate was spotted with Prince George, “she's with him - it's not like he's an accessory, he's not there because it gives her credibility; she's obviously very proud that he's her son.”
But what Donahue, and no doubt other royal watchers, are hoping to see as Prince George gets older is more of Prince George.
Still, Donahue says, Kate and Prince William are not obligated to trot their son out for the masses.
“Prince William and Kate are so generous with allowing George to be photographed is actually already enough. I'm happy to respect their comfort zone,” she said.