Prince Louis hasn’t yet hit this important royal milestone - and it may be a long wait

Prince Louis' siblings have already experienced the excitement

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,
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Prince Louis, the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may only be two years old, but he’s already a popular royal figure. 

The prince is often featured on his parents’ Kensington Royal Instagram page in adorable snaps alongside his brother Prince George and sister Princess Charlotte

It’s hardly surprising that royal fans can’t help but be curious about how the young prince will fit into royal life as he grows up. But now it has emerged that there’s one significant milestone that Prince Louis has yet to hit.

It’s something both of his siblings have already experienced, but with the pandemic continuing to affect global travel, it may be a while yet before Louis can follow in their footsteps. 

What milestone has Prince Louis yet to hit?

Despite the fact that Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s youngest child will turn 3 in April, Prince Louis has still yet to go on a royal tour. 

It’s not uncommon for royal children to go on royal tours when they are still quite young, though it could be that the restrictions imposed globally by the pandemic mean Prince Louis’ tour debut is still quite far off. 

Until international travel resumes fully, it’s perhaps unlikely that the Royal Family will be touring anywhere beyond the UK.

Whilst Prince Louis has yet to experience the excitement, these riveting occasions are something Prince George and Princess Charlotte are both used to by now.

Where have Prince George and Princess Charlotte been on tour?

Whilst Louis has yet to experience a royal tour, Prince George accompanied his parents to Australia and New Zealand on his first one when he was just 9 months old. 

A source reportedly claimed at the time that Prince William and Duchess Catherine wanted this first tour to be “as much of a home from home as possible” for their first child. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge leave Fairbairne Airbase as they head back to the UK after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia on April 25, 2014

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Meanwhile Princess Charlotte made her royal tour debut in 2016. She joined the family on a visit to Canada when she was just 16 months old. There amongst many other aspects of the trip, she attended a children's party for military families.

The Cambridge’s cousin Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex has also been on a royal tour. 

Archie joined his parents on their trip to South Africa in 2019 and even got to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

What is a Royal Tour and why do they take place? 

Royal Tours are when members of the Royal Family go on an official visit overseas. Here they tour a number of different locations and act as ambassadors for the UK. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016

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The tours act as a way to help improve relations with other countries and huge crowds typically gather to see the royals on these special occasions.

Regardless of where and when Prince Louis makes his royal tour debut, it seems certain that similarly massive crowds will be delighted to see him joining his parents and siblings on an official visit for the first time.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.