Prince Louis’ birthday celebrated with adorable unseen photo taken by Kate Middleton—and he’s reached a huge milestone

Prince Louis is following in his brother and sister’s footsteps!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England
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Prince Louis’ birthday has been celebrated with a special unseen photo taken by Kate Middleton and it showcases him reaching a particularly huge milestone.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken to Instagram to share a very special photo of their youngest child Prince Louis in honor of his third birthday on 23rd April. His is not the only royal birthday this week, as his great-grandmother the Queen celebrated hers just days earlier. 

Plans for the monarch’s 95th birthday were reportedly suspended following Prince Philip’s funeral. However she did release a message giving thanks for the “support and kindness” she and the Royal Family have received at this difficult time.

It’s thought that Prince William and Kate Middleton have found a special way to help their three children cope with the loss of Prince Philip and remember him. He will no doubt be in all of their thoughts as they celebrate Prince Louis’ happy day today. 

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The young prince is beaming at the camera, looking very grown up in a smart shirt, jumper and shorts, proudly holding onto a red bike.

The caption reveals that, as with many of the birthday photos posted each year of Louis and his siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, it was taken by Kate herself. She is known to have an “amazing eye for photos” and she’s captured Louis reaching another important milestone moment this week. Not only has he now turned 3, but he has also started nursery.

“Three tomorrow! 🚲 Taken earlier this week by The Duchess before he left for his first day of nursery, The Duke and Duchess are pleased to share a new image of Prince Louis. 🎈” the caption stated. 

This is a huge milestone for Louis and royal fans were quick to express their delight—as well as their astonishment that the little prince has turned 3 already.

“Happy birthday Louis!! Can’t believe he’ll be three 😭 ” one wrote, while another agreed, commenting: “3?! He was only born the other day”. 

“Oh my goodness he is absolutely adorable. Just like his big brother and sister” someone else declared while a fellow royal fan exclaimed, “He’s just like George😱 ”. 

Prince Louis has now followed in George and Charlotte’s footsteps and gone off to nursery. Given that both his siblings attend Thomas’s Battersea school, it’s likely he will then go on to join them there when he is older.

In the meantime, he is likely to be enjoying settling into nursery and taking his bike out for a spin!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!