Happy Birthday Blue Ivy! Jay Z and Beyonce’s first child reaches her first birthday today (January 7, 2013) and it has to be said the tot has enjoyed a relatively low key first 12 months on the planet, with her parents keen to keep her out of the spotlight and let her grow up in private.

It all seemed like it could have been very different a year ago, though. One of the most anticipated celebrity children of recent times, Blue Ivy had a recording credit to her name after just five days alive after her father Jay Z recorded her cooing and crying from her cradle on his track ‘Glory’, with the song subsequently debuting at 74 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop song charts and making the baby the youngest ever person to chart on the Billboards.

MTV has rightly pointed that, such was her parents protection of her last year, that young Carter didn’t even make it to the likes of the Grammys, the Super Bowl or the MTV VMAs, and foresee that this could be the year where she starts making her name on the red carpet. 2013 is going to have to be her year if she wants to remain the pre-eminent tot in America, given that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are now expecting their first child – and you can’t imagine the attention-loving couple will be quite as reluctant to show off their kid to the public.