Prince William's birthday tradition for George which echoes Princess Diana

Prince George with his dad, Prince William
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Prince William and Princess Kate, like any doting parents, go the extra mile to celebrate their children's birthdays. However, there's one tradition that the future King isn't too keen on.

Kate has previously shared a glimpse into the birthday traditions of their household, revealing that she often stays up until midnight to prepare homemade birthday cakes for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. It appears that William also plays a part in these celebrations, though perhaps not as eagerly.

One of Prince George's godparents, Julia Samuel, who was a close friend of Princess Diana, has continued a particular noisy tradition with the Wales family. She disclosed: "I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making."

"William then has to spend days putting them together. And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that."

She went on to say that while William toils away assembling complex toys, the family finds amusement in his struggle, particularly a "cheeky" George at the time. She concluded by saying that it "makes [her] laugh, and it makes George laugh.", reports the Mirror.

Julia opened up about a touching family tradition while chatting on the podcast How to Fail with Elizabeth Day, during a special 2020 episode commemorating what would have been Princess Diana's 59th birthday. Tragically, Diana never had the chance to meet her grandchildren as she passed away in a car accident in Paris in August 1997, aged just 36.

Julia fondly described her godson as "amazing" and expressed that Diana would have been utterly smitten with him. "He's funny and feisty and cheeky and God she [Diana] would have loved him so much," she remarked, acknowledging the profound loss felt by all.

Prince William has often discussed the significance of honouring his mother's memory, ensuring that his children are well-informed about their late grandmother. In the heartfelt 2017 ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy', William shared insights into how they keep Diana's spirit present in their home.

"So we've got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff. And it's hard because obviously Catherine didn't know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail."

"So I do, regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives. And so it's important that they know who she was and that she existed."

He then quipped, "She'd be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare! She'd love the children to bits, but... She'd come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and then leave."

He added: "I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realise that these early years particularly are crucial for children, and having seen what she did for us."

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