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Kensington Palace Shares Three Never-Before-Seen Photos of Prince Louis for His First Birthday


What a difference a year makes. Well, at least that certainly rings true if you’re Prince Louis, who celebrates his first birthday in the best possible way — with three brand-new pictures that prove just how much he’s grown up. 

This is only the sixth time we’ve seen Prince Louis, but boy was it worth the wait! In the brand-new pictures, Prince Louis sports a giant grin while sitting at home in Norfolk. And while the pictures themselves are enough on their own for us to delight over, the photographer of the picture is just as exciting — Duchess Catherine took them herself!

If you look closely, you can see the resemblance between Prince Louis and his older royal siblings when they were his age. And there’s no doubt the royal trio will be celebrating Prince Louis’ birthday in style.

Taking pictures of her young children is a familiar activity for Kate, who has become known as the unofficial Cambridge family photographer. When Princess Charlotte started nursery school, Kate showed off her impressive skills behind the camera yet again by snapping her little girl’s milestone moment.

Kate also photographed Prince George in a series of images just weeks after young Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015. In the adorable images, George is seen cradling a young Charlotte — and looking every bit the doting older brother he is!

prince george holding princess charlotte

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Being creative is clearly something that comes naturally to Catherine, as confirmed on the British Monarchy website: “The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents,” it explained.

And Kate isn’t the only Middleton who’s tried a hand at photography. Back when Kate and William had just welcomed Prince George, the new mom enlisted her father, Michael Middleton, to take their first official family portrait. The new grandad used his humble point-and-shoot camera as he captured the money shot of George asleep in his mum’s arms as William is seen beside them.

prince louis in kate middleton's arms

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Previously, we saw Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing just hours after his birth (pictured above). The next occasion was his first official picture, followed by his christening in July 2018.

Next came the official portraits released for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebrations in November. The most recent photos of Prince Louis were the Cambridge’s official family Christmas photo released by Kensington Palace in December 2018.

On each occasion, it’s been exciting to see how much Prince Louis has grown — and look more and more like his elder siblings! We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled as Louis enters a colorful (and slightly more active!) year of being one. He’s sure to make it sufficiently adorable!

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.

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