Tiny Prince George has big impact on royal family

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George as they prepare to board...

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George as they prepare to board a plane with her husband Prince William (not pictured) to depart Canberra on April 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET

He's only been in this world for a year, but Prince George has certainly made an impact.

Unlike most babies his age, Prince George has become an instant fashion icon, gone on an official royal tour and received gifts worth more than what other tots will receive in an entire lifetime.

He has it all, and he's adorable to boot.


Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby son Prince George outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in central London on July 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

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But Prince George has also played a big part in his family's resurgence in the public eye.

"He's had a profound impact on how the whole royal family is viewed," says historian Carolyn Harris.

The Queen is a loving great-grandmother. William and Kate are everyday parents.

Even unpopular Prince Charles, instead of being seen as an aging, befuddled king-in-waiting, now often appears in news reports as the doting grandfather concerned about conservation issues.

Approval ratings for the royals soared in Australia and New Zealand after an official royal tour included Prince George. These are places that have been seriously considering ways to remove themselves from the monarchy in recent years.

And don't think the royals don't know how to work their little star.

Reports on tours involving royals often reflect their relationship with George -- Prince Harry is often referred to as the young prince's uncle. During a Canadian tour last October, many headlines focused on how Princess Anne, George's great aunt, was in Ontario when he was being christened.

Prince George didn't save the monarchy alone, however.


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