LONDON – Three new photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest son, who is fifth in line to the British throne were released early Tuesday to mark his first birthday.
In the snapshots taken by his mother, Prince Louis, the younger brother of Prince George, who is to turn six on July 22, and Princess Charlotte, who is to turn four on May 2, was seen playing in the garden of the family residence in the English county of Norfolk.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow. The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk,” Kensington Palace tweeted late on Monday.
Two of the photographs showed Prince Louis Arthur Charles, his full name, smiling in a maroon pullover covered with some bits of grass as he plays in the garden.
In the other photo, the Prince, was seen in a blue jersey with a more serious look.
The Duchess of Cambridge has described Louis a very active boy.
The great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II bears a striking resemblance to both his older brother, George, and his father, William, Duke of Cambridge, when these two were his age.
Louis was first photographed soon after he was born, posing in the arms of his mother after few hours of his delivery at the gates of the private maternity wing of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, London.
His name, Louis, pays tribute to the Prince of Wales’s great-uncle, Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA.
The Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne after his father Charles, Prince of Wales.
William and his brother Prince Harry are Charles’ sons from his marriage to the late Princess Diana.
William and Catherine met at the prestigious St Andrews University in Scotland, where both were students.
The pair were married on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony broadcast live on TV.
William and Harry are known for their charity work in mental health care.