With the cadre of little ones in the British monarchy continuing to grow, there is no shortage of adorable moments captured on camera. And while it would be impossible to play favorites, we’ve gotta admit — Prince Louis is cute to the umpteenth degree. Kate Middleton and Prince William’s youngest child turned three on April 23 and it seems as though the little Cambridge has already managed to amass an impressive portfolio of snapshots that’ll make you go, Awww!
Like his older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Louis’ unofficial album started with a first photo taken with his parents shortly after his birth. But since then, the pint-sized royal has proven to be a real scene-stealer. Remember how sweet he looked cradled in his big sister’s arms on her third birthday? Or how theatrical he was on the Buckingham Palace balcony during his Trooping the Colour debut?
Louis is a child who, from the very beginning, has stolen hearts with his natural charisma. So, in celebration of little Louis and all of the times he’s warmed our hearts so far, join us in revisiting some the best photos of the littlest Cambridge.
What a difference a year makes! Prince Louis looks oh-so grown up riding around on his bike — and yes, he’s the spitting image of older brother Prince George.
Admit it — Louis stole the show on this year’s Christmas card from the Cambridges.
First Royal Red Carpet
At the end of a long and difficult year, Louis got the chance to walk his first-ever royal red carpet for a show at The Palladium.
Cuddle Puddle With Dad
Okay, this might take the cake. Louis, George, and Charlotte against dad in a full-family cuddle puddle, and it looks like everyone’s winning.
Louis Turns 2!
Taken by mom Kate earlier in the month, this series of snapshots shows off the toddler’s creative side.
A Round of Applause
Okay, fine, this isn’t technically a photo. But honestly, how could we not include Louis’ adorably out-of-synch clapping for healthcare workers?
Kate caught a hilariously relatable photo of Louis casting some serious side-eye while dad William tenderly smooched him on the head over the 2019 holiday season.
At the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in June 2019, Prince Louis proved he’s not going to let just any old obstacle stand in his way.
The Royal Wave
Little Louis clearly doesn’t take long to pick things up. At his Trooping the Colour debut in 2019, the wildly cute kid showed off his royal-wave form and basically stole the show. Sorry, Queen!
In the Garden
When Kate shared behind-the-scenes photos from her passion project, RHS Back to Nature Garden, she included this heartwarming mother-son moment in which Louis seems enthralled by the natural world.
The toddler also managed to steal a quiet moment with Dad.
On His Own Path
And we’d be remiss not to add this chock-full-of-personality photo of Louis blazing his own trail in the garden as dad Will looks proudly on.
That Sweater, Though
Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails — that’s what little boys are made of, right? In the first birthday photos shared by the Cambridges of Louis, the tyke rocked the perfect pullover.
Regal in Red
Kate also shared a few first birthday snapshots of Louis in a chunky knit burgundy sweater that she took at their home in Norfolk. And, well, this kid obviously looks cute in any color.
Louis sat front and center in the Cambridges’ 2018 family portrait, flashing the most winning little grin we’ve ever seen.
Clarence House Cuteness
What a sweet little chunk he was! Prince Louis looked at ease in his mom’s arms for family photos taken with his grandparents, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
In this photo from Prince Louis’ christening, the look of pure happiness on the little boy’s face makes for a truly priceless family memory.
The Gang’s All Here
One of the rare photos of Prince Louis and his aunt and uncle, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was taken at his christening.
A Beautiful Tradition
As explained by Kate in this heartwarming christening photo, Louis wore a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe — a piece that, in its original form, dates all the way back to 1841.
Just days old on his big sister’s third birthday, Louis was already adept at finding the best light.
An Early Bond
It’s no wonder Louis and big sis Charlotte have always shared a special bond, as seen in this early photo — she turned three merely one week after he came into the world.
Welcome to the World
Kate and William introduced their third child to the world on April 27, 2018, a few days after his birth. And while you couldn’t see his face in the photo, it was abundantly clear Louis Arthur Charles was one royally cute bundle of joy.
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