The Prince and Princess of Wales Release Two Photos of Prince Louis for His Fifth Birthday

Kate emerges from behind the camera to in front of the camera this year.

Prince Louis, Kate Middleton
(Image credit: Prince and Princess of Wales)

Happy, happy birthday to our favorite scene stealer, Prince Louis! The youngest of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ three children turns five today, and as is custom, we’ve got some adorable new photos of Louis.

The two photos were taken by photographer Millie Pilkington earlier this month, per People—a change from Louis’ mother, Kate, being behind the camera. Instead, she moves in front of the camera this year, pushing her youngest in a wheelbarrow on top of grass and leaves. Louis is clad in a blue sweater over a checkered shirt and shorts; his mother wears a striped black and white top. The second photo is a closer up shot of Louis’ adorable face. 

Prince Louis

(Image credit: Prince and Princess of Wales)

“Someone's turning 5 tomorrow… 🎂 🥳 A very happy birthday to Prince Louis,” Louis’ parents captioned their Instagram tribute to him yesterday.

Us Weekly reports that William and Kate threw Louis an adventure-themed fifth birthday party, and that the party had cakes and sandwiches as well as balloon decorations and an entertainer.

“Kate has organized a fun adventure-themed birthday party with all his school friends to celebrate the milestone, and she and William are also doing something family-orientated,” a source says. “They always make birthdays special for their children and go the extra mile.”

For his birthday, Louis is said to have received a pickleball set and an outdoor obstacle course. He is of course close to his dad and brother, but of his mom, “Kate and Louis have an unbreakable bond, and she has such a soft spot for him,” the source says. That extends to his sister, too: The source says that Charlotte “always looks out” for her little brother and even helps him with his homework. “She has really taken him under her wing,” the source says.

Louis has had quite a fourth year—he stole the show at last June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he started school alongside older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte in September, and he made his royal debut at a number of events—Christmas and Easter, just to name two. He will kick off a year of new memories with a historic event: He is expected to be in attendance alongside the rest of his immediate family at his grandfather King Charles’ Coronation on May 6.

“Louis has changed so much over the last year and has really grown into his own,” the source says. “He’s such a character—a charismatic soul who lights up with his fun-loving personality and a real little chatterbox. He can be a little shy around new people, but it rarely takes long for him to warm up. You can put him in almost any social situation, and he’ll adapt.”

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