As Prince Louis marks his third birthday during the same week he started preschool, the Queen has sent her great-grandchild a very contemporary message.
After weeks of sadness following the death of Prince Philip, the royal family has something to celebrate – Prince Louis has turned three.
To mark the occasion, Prince William and Kate Middleton released a photo of their youngest son proudly riding his red balance bike in a navy jumper and light blue shorts.
The royal family’s instagram – which is the Queen’s official account – shared the new portrait of Prince Louis sporting a backpack and big grin before he left for his first day of preschool this week.
“Wishing Prince Louis a very happy third birthday today,” the royal family’s page wrote, complete with a bike emoji.
Clarence House shared the new photo in their stories with the message: “Wishing Prince Louis a very happy third birthday,” they captioned the photo along with a birthday cake emoji.
Last year to celebrate Prince Louis’s second birthday, his grandfather Prince Charles shared a never-been-seen photo of little Louis giving him a hug.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to post any public birthday wishes to their nephew.
It comes as Prince Louis, who is fifth in line to the throne, started at London’s Willcocks Nursery School, the same school big sister Princess Charlotte attended.
The school is the perfect choice for Prince Louis given that siblings Prince George, 7, and Princess Charlotte, 5, both attend Thomas’s Battersea nearby.
Kate also previously shared photos of George and Charlotte on their first days of nursery school. Charlotte started Willcocks Nursery School in January 2018, while George headed to preschool at the Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk in January 2016. Louis’ later start date was likely affected by the latest lockdown in the U.K. amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The photo is just the latest in many personal shots taken by Kate. The $A350 bike Louis is pictured on, is designed to help kids with their balance, promptly sold out in England after the photo was published.
that Prince William and Kate had chosen the Tadpole+.
The company’s website claims it “is a great first bike to help your child to achieve the necessary balance to cycle”.
It adds: “Our balance bike range is well-equipped with adjustable child-size brakes to provide the best fit for your child.
“We understand active kids can sometimes get a little carried away so we offer the added benefit of a steering lock, which acts as a safety mechanism to prevent any serious falls and damage.”