Prince George's birthday plan; Diana's brother invited?
Britain's Prince George will turn two on July 22. Last year he had a party at Kensington Palace with his great-grandmother the Queen as guest of honour and a rendition of Happy Birthday played by the Irish Guards.
But this is George will have a low-key celebration at his parents' country retreat.
Buckingham Palace released a new photo to celebrate his second birthday
Prince William, and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they hold their children, Prince George, 2nd right, and Princess Charlotte in the grounds of Sandingham House in England after the christening of the princess. (AP)
He will still be treated to all the usual trimmings – a cake and a visit from doting grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as a host of little friends and god-parents.
Kate has apparently done most of the organising herself, despite having a housekeeper and nanny on hand at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk to help out.
It is not clear if Prince William will be able to attend the family get-together, as he started work last week as an East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter pilot and could be working a shift.
Diana's brother invited?
The British royal family have reportedly ended their feud with Diana, Princess of Wales' brother.
The Earl Spencer has been estranged from the rest of the family following an unexpected comment made in the late royal's eulogy at her funeral, where he said he would protect his "blood family", Princes William and Harry.
An insider said: "The plan is there will be a family birthday or gathering with the Queen and Duke present, and Spencer will be invited.
"Palace aides are working on a rapprochement. William and Harry kept their distance on their father's guidance - Charles and the Queen were furious that Spencer said he would guide the boys.
"In their opinion, he didn't and none of what he vowed at the funeral actually happened."
And the idea for the family to set aside their differences is believed to have come from Diana's son, the Duke of Cambridge, who has two-month-old daughter Princess Charlotte and 23-month-old son Prince George with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The insider added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "Spencer got put in the deep freeze but now they are ready to let him out.
"Things have changed, William's grown up. He made it clear how much he misses his mother by making one of Charlotte's middle names Diana.
"He feels so deeply about his mother's memory he can't leave her brother out. He also wants the family to make up before it's too late - while the Queen is still alive."
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