Today we were treated to new photos of Prince Louis in honor of his second birthday.
The pictures were taken by the Duchess at the family’s country home, Anmer Hall.
The pictures were taken earlier this month.
A statement released with the photos said, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share five new photographs ahead of Prince Louis’ second birthday tomorrow.”
A look at the prince’s artwork. The rainbow theme most likely reflects the rainbows being painted throughout the UK as a sign of hope and support for the NHS.
UPDATE APRIL 23: For everyone wondering about Prince Louis getting paint on his face, here you go. Kensington Palace released a cute side-by-side titled “Instagram vs. Reality” on Twitter.
And here is the new photo by itself.
Also today, Today Clarence House released a photo of Prince Louis with his grandfather. This photo was also taken by the Duchess.
The new images really are darling, the tradition of Kate taking photos of the children for special occasions is working very well. In a story for The Mirror, Kate’s photos are praised by Ian Vogler, a longtime (and very good) photographer; you have seen his photos here on the site when I am able to license them. From that Mirror article:
He said: “Once again the Duchess has managed to catch her son at his cheekiest.
“The beauty of this picture is how natural and unposed it is.
“The trick to taking a good shot of a youngster is to have them busy doing something they enjoy while you snap the picture – this is really well composed and the use of natural daylight has really helped too.”
Here is a look at all three children around their second birthdays. (The photo of Prince George that was released when he turned two was taken at Princess Charlotte’s christening a few weeks before his birthday.)
It has been a fun year watching the Prince growing up. We were treated to new pictures of Louis, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, when they had a preview of the Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May of last year.
This was the first of several gardens the Duchess co-designed with landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects. Here you see Prince Louis with his father.
Not too long after this, we saw Louis at 2019’s Trooping the Colour events. Below, inside Buckingham Palace before the flypast.
And outside on the balcony with the rest of the family.
The Prince was very expressive as he watched all the events unfolding.
He joined his brother and sister for a polo match in July.
And was part of a group photo taken at that match also featuring the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the former Irish Guards mascot.
The holidays brought a new family photo, a black and white shot taken in the autumn, and used for the Cambridge family Christmas card.
And this photo was used on a different holiday card that was shared on Twitter by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, CBE, Commandant of the Air Cadets. The Duchess is Royal Patron of the Cadets.
Prince Louis also visited Buckingham Palace for his great-grandmother’s annual Christmas luncheon.
And we saw Louis with his brother and sister as they took part in ‘Clap for our Carers’ at the end of March.
My, how he has grown!
Do you remember how he looked on his christening day?
And here he is in some of the photos released last May to mark the Prince’s first birthday.
Happy, Happy Birthday wishes to Prince Louis.
For details on what Louis is wearing visit sister site What Kate’s Kids Wore.
Also today, news that Kate and William are supporting a new service to provide round-the-clock mental health support to frontline workers dealing with the coronavirus. More from Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country story:
Prince William and Kate are throwing their weight behind a new mental health platform providing round-the-clock support to those working on the coronavirus frontlines. The Duke of Cambridge said in a statement that supporting the platform, which is called Our Frontline, will be the couple’s “top priority for the months ahead.”
William and Kate’s royal foundation is formally backing the service, which is a collaboration between charities Mind, Samaritans, Shout, and Hospice UK. It provides a combination of 1-to-1 support and online resources for NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services, and key workers whose mental health may be under pressure at this time.
This graphic is from a Kensington Palace tweet.
This is the nice spot of news I was hoping we would see, a little sunshine brightening the day.
I will see you before the end of the week!