We hope Prince Louis has a great royal time today on his third birthday!
Prince William and Duchess Kate celebrated the birthday of Louis, their third and youngest child, by posting an unseen photo of the fifth to the throne.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new photo ahead of Prince Louis’ third birthday tomorrow,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Thursday. Prince Louis was born April 23, 2018.
The photo shows Louis smiling from ear to ear on a red bicycle at Kensington Palace on Wednesday, shortly before his first day of kindergarten at Willcocks Nursery School in London. Louis is dressed in his school uniform – a blue sweater with a striped collar and blue shorts – with a blue backpack attached for the ride.
The adorable photo was taken by her Duchess Kate, an avid photographer.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have posted pictures of Louis each year for his birthday, a tradition they started for their firstborn, Prince George, 7, and followed for their youngest children, the Princess Charlotte, 5, and Louis. Usually Kate takes pictures of her children.
Royal fans don’t often get to see photos of the Cambridge children outside of birthdays, Christmas and other important events, but admirers must see more of the smaller royals lately.
Last week, the British Royal Family’s official Instagram account shared a rare photo of the late Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, and Queen Elizabeth II with seven of their ten great-grandchildren, including the Cambridge children. According to caption, the photo was taken by Duchess Kate in 2018 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
In March, the official Instagram account @KensingtonRoyal also shared photos of George, Charlotte and Louis’ hand-decorated cards for “Granny Diana” on Mother’s Day in the UK. Prince Louis’ card featured a finger painted heart, animal stickers, and his signature.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Louis on April 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the same hospital Prince William was born almost four decades ago.
Louis entered the world shortly after 11 a.m. local time, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.
His birth is historic: Louis is the first male heir born into the royal family not to move his older sister Charlotte in succession to the throne.
Louis is fifth in the royal succession, behind his grandfather Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, 71, his father William, 38, and his siblings George and Charlotte.
Contribution: Maria Puente, Charles Trepany