Royal family releases new photos for Prince Louis' first birthday

The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is turning 1.
The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is turning 1. Photo: Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate have released three new photographs of their youngest son, Prince Louis, to mark his first birthday on Tuesday.

Two of the photographs show Louis in a woodland setting with moss stuck to his red sweater, while in a third he sports a blue jumper with a picture of a dog on the front.

All were taken this month by Kate at the family's home in Norfolk, eastern England, Kensington Palace said.

Kensington Palace has released new photos of Prince Louis to mark his first birthday.
Kensington Palace has released new photos of Prince Louis to mark his first birthday. Photo: Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace

Louis Arthur Charles, who is fifth in line to the throne, was born on April 23 at 11.01am, weighing 3.8 kilograms. The three names honour both the Prince's grandfather, Prince Charles, and Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's mentor who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.

The young royal also has a five-year-old brother, Prince George, and a three-year-old sister, Princess Charlotte.

Louis is a great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 93 on Sunday.

Prince Louis is celebrating his first birthday.
Prince Louis is celebrating his first birthday. Photo: Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace

He has largely been kept out of the public eye since he was born.

The first official photographs of Prince Louis, also taken by Kate, were released in May 2018, a month after he was born.

A collection of family photographs were also released after his christening in July 2018.  The images were taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House after Louis was baptised in The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.

In one photo, Kate and William are joined by their children, along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Middleton family including Kate's sister Pippa Matthews and her husband James.

Members of the royal family appear in another photo without the Middletons, a third photo features the Cambridge five, and the fourth photo is an image of just Kate and Louis.

Reuters, AP

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