Kensington Palace released four new portraits of the young royal taken by The Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Louis turned four on Saturday and Kensington Palace released four new portraits of Louis, photographed by mom Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in honor of his special day.
The youngest of the Cambridge children, Louis sported a collared shirt under a gray sweater very similar to his father Prince William's style in the new portraits. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted photos of Louis online which were taken on the dunes in Norfolk showing the young prince smiling and laughing on a beach.
Four for four! The Cambridges have shared a quartet of new photographs to celebrate Prince Louis' fourth birthday on Saturday. As has now become the tradition, Kate took the pictures earlier this month in Norfolk. pic.twitter.com/GeWGTjhwsR— Omid Scobie (@scobie) April 22, 2022
Louis was born on April 23, 2018 and is the fifth in line to ascend the throne after his older siblings, Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6. Every year on their children's birthdays, Kate Middleton and Prince William share portraits of their three children each year. Kate, long known for her love of photography, is a patron of the Royal Photographic Society, and also released a pandemic photography book in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery last year, according to the BBC. Hold Still featured 100 photographs taken by members of the public during the pandemic, and the 40-year-old said it would serve as a "lasting record of what we were all experiencing".
Kate often takes pictures of her family for special occasions, especially of her children. The Duchess took the official birthday portraits for Prince George's eighth birthday last year. As for the youngest royal, Louis was last seen in the Cambridges' 2021 holiday card, in which he posed alongside big brother George and six-year-old sister Princess Charlotte, as well as William and Kate.
The life of the youngest royal has mostly been kept private by the family. In November 2020, a source described him and his older sister Princess Charlotte as “cheeky” toUs Weekly. “[Oldest brother Prince] George is well-behaved,” the source said. “All the kids are, but Charlotte and Louis both have a cheeky streak. Louis is more like Charlotte in personality than George!”
Many fans online have pointed out that Prince Louis looks so much like his mother and her side of the family. Mom Kate loves it when people tell her that there’s a striking resemblance between her and her youngest child. “Everyone always comments on how Louis is the spitting image of Kate,” a friend told PEOPLE, adding, “She loves it and thinks it’s very sweet, she often jokes that he’s the only one of her kids who actually looks like her!”
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