Prince George Is "Charging Around and Opening Doors" Less Than a Week Before His First Birthday

"I think George will be running faster than me very soon," the Duke of Cambridge jokes

By Zach Johnson Jul 17, 2014 1:01 PMTags
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince GeorgeChris Jackson/Getty Images

They grow up so fast!

Prince George celebrates his first birthday in less than a week, and on Wednesday, Prince William shared a few of his mini-me's latest milestones. During a solo visit to Coventry's War Memorial Park, where he launched the Fields in Trust Centenary Fields campaign, the 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge told primary school teacher Gill Naylor, "I think George will be running faster than me very soon."

When Kate Middleton's hubby met Leicester resident Mavis Jarvis, 74, they discussed his baby boy. "He said George is charging around and opens doors," Jarvis said, adding that William called his son "lovely."

Prince William also picked up some swag for his heir during the afternoon visit. Earlsdon Primary School gave him a custom-made plaque, which was decorated with "GEORGE" spelled out in Scrabble letters.

While chatting with the crowd, Prince William pondered his own childhood memories. Speaking to 90-year-old Freda Jones, who witnessed the opening of the park in 1927 when she was 3 years old, he said, "I often think back and wonder what was my earliest recognition and how young I was when I did it."

No doubt Prince George will wonder the same thing someday!