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George pictures a 'thank you' for privacy from press

The release of intimate snaps of Prince George are the royal family's way of saying "thank you" to the press for respecting his parent's wish for privacy.

Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: "I think what's important about these photographs is that the royal family have released them in acknowledgement that the paparazzi have allowed Prince George to grow up without intrusion. And I think that's very much a thank you in a way."

ITV News Correspondent Harry Smith has this report:

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William and Kate ask photographers to stop 'following' George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have written to two photographers, asking them to stop "harassing and following" Prince George and his nanny.

The Royal couple described the photographers' actions as Credit: PA Wire

The complaint comes after an individual was seen last week "in the vicinity" of the young Royal, Buckingham Palace said, adding that there is reason to suspect George's daily routines may have been subject to "surveillance and monitoring" for some time.

The individual has previously been spoken to on a number of occassions by protection officers about his behaviour in respect to other members of the Royal family, according to Palace officials.

A spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit but while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible.

"No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities."

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Prince George is 'lively and determined young boy'

Prince George is a "lively, confident and very determined young boy", a photographer who has captured the key stages of his lives has said.

The Prince has been photographed by the Press Association's John Stillwell with his arms outstretched and walking confidently in an official picture released ahead of his first birthday on Tuesday.

"Prince George was very lively and very sure of himself and confident - a very determined young boy," Stillwell said.

"When you have children yourself you don't realise they grow up in such a short space of time, it's always other people saying how big they've grown.

"So having seen him soon after he was born and at his christening three months later, he's now gone from a baby at his christening to a toddler, that's the biggest change.

"And who does he look like? I'd have to say his dad, William."

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