15 of the Cutest Photos of Prince Louis’s First Year
His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge turns one on April 23, 2019. These photos are guaranteed to make you say, “Aww!”
The royal record breaker
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On April 23, 2018, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the third Cambridge baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. On April 27, Prince William and Kate announced they would name their child Louis Arthur Charles. The fifth in line to the throne, he broke this royal record the day he was born.
His first royal walkabout
Prince William and Kate Middleton take Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing for the little Prince’s first royal walkabout, which is what the royal family calls meet-and-greets with the public. See if you can identify the royal family member by his/her childhood photo.
A mother’s gaze
Kate gazes lovingly into the sweet face of her newborn son. She looks amazing for someone who had just given birth literally hours earlier, likely thanks to these 12 royal style secrets.
Prince William playing at being your typical suburban dad
Prince William almost pulls it off, except we know that when he snaps Prince Louis’s baby seat in, they’ll be heading off to Kensington Palace, which is where the Cambridge family makes its home.
Close-up in a car seat
Here’s a close-up of the sleeping newborn Prince in his car seat, which is being carried by Prince Wiliam. Don’t miss these 21 candid, rarely-seen photos of the royal family.
Wanted: on charges on being ridiculously adorable
Be on the lookout for this adorable Prince. He’s been seldom seen by the public during his first year, but you’ll recognize him from these “mug shots.”
“When one’s mummy takes one’s photo”
Kate took this photo of Prince Louis at Kensington Palace and turned it into what the royal family refers to as a “handout photo” to give the world its first official look at the newborn.
The Prince’s birth was registered on May 1, 2018
All births in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born, and that’s true for members of the royal family as well. According to the official website of the royal family, Pince Louis’s birth was registered at Kensington Palace on May 1, 2018, and was witnessed by a Registrar from the Westminster Register Office.
Arriving for Louis’s christening
“On July 9, 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed generations of the royal family by having their youngest child, Prince Louis, baptized in the historic surroundings of the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace,” according to the royal family’s official website. Here we see the Cambridges arriving—Louis in his mum’s arms, and Prince Wiliam leading his two older children Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Behind them, you can see a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,
Family of five
The baptism was attended by the royal family, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents and siblings, as well as Prince Louis’s godparents. The Royal Christening Robe worn by Prince Louis for his baptism is very special, indeed; here’s the story behind the historic gown.
A close-up of his royal handsomeness
The camera zooms in on the face of Prince Louis as his mum, Kate, carries him into the chapel for the christening. For the festivities following the christening, the third tier of the wedding cake of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was served.
Kate speaks to Archbishop of Canterbury
The christening service was a traditional one, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who is seen speaking with the Duchess of Cambridge before the service began.
No evidence of sibling rivalry here
Another photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge shows older sister Princess Charlotte cuddling with her newborn baby brother in May 2018. This photo was also given out to the public by the royal family. These 15 rarely seen photos of royal siblings are not as well known.
Christmas with the Cambridges
The Cambridges pose for their 2018 Christmas card. Prince Louis hasn’t been photographed much this past year (at least not publicly), but it’s evident this jolly cherub, shown here at eight months, is thriving.
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This adorable picture of Prince Louis was taken a few days before his first birthday at his home in Norfolk. He’s smiling big for the camera, but before snapping the pic it looks like he was having some fun playing in the grass. As Prince Louis turns one, find out more about the royal birthday traditions that may mark the occasion.