Kensington Palace Just Released Three Sweet New Photos of Prince Louis in Honor of His First Birthday
Ahead of Prince Louis's first birthday today, April 23, Kensington Palace has released a trio of adorable portraits of the young royal.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow," reads a statement from the Palace, which was released alongside the photo on social media:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow ????— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 22, 2019
The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk. pic.twitter.com/VOJ7rhKthz
These candid snapshots, which were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at the family's home in Norfolk, show Louis smiling and playing in nature.
It's particularly exciting to see a new picture of Will and Kate's youngest child, as the first year of his life was relatively undocumented by the press. Of course, Louis made his public debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing almost exactly a year ago and a series of official portraits of the child were released shortly after his birth. But other than that, royal fans only saw Louis a few times this past year.
The young royal was photographed at his christening, and Louis appeared on the Cambridge family Christmas card. A few pictures of the little prince were shared in conjunction with Prince Charles's 70th birthday last November, but overall, he has spent his first 12 months largely out of the public eye.
It seems likely that Meghan and Harry's first child, who is due any day now, will be raised in a similar fashion. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have even chosen to forgo the traditional photocall on the hospital steps. Instead, they will pose for a picture sometime shortly after the birth.
"Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private," reads a statement released earlier this month.
"The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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