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Prince Louis smiles for the official 5th birthday portrait

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getting bigger! Prince William And princess kate‘s son Prince Louis looking grown-up in his official birthday portrait.

The royal family released a new photo of Louis as he prepares to turn 5 on Sunday, April 23.

Louis wears a blue sweater and shorts as he smiles in the birthday portrait. He appears delighted when Princess Kate pushes him in a wheelbarrow.

“Someone turning 5 tomorrow… ????,” the official instagram account William and Kate captioned two photos of the couple’s youngest child. “Happy Birthday Prince Louis.”

His mother didn’t take his birthday picture this year. portrait photographer Millie Pilkington Honored.

Last year, Kate, 41, was behind the camera for the little one’s birthday pics, which were shared via Instagram. “4 years old tomorrow!” read a caption of the Duchess and William, 40, in April 2022.

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The post featured two photos of Louis on the beach in a gray sweater, emblazoned with colorful stars across the front, and a pair of teal shorts. In a goofy picture, the young prince ran towards the camera with a big grin on his face.

The Prince and Princess of Wales welcomed their third child in April 2018. Louis’ older siblings are Prince George, born in July 2013, and Princess Charlotte, born in May 2015.

A year after becoming a big sister, a source EXCLUSIVE us weekly Charlotte had a “great bond” with both George and Louis. “She is really enjoying playing with a little brother. She is taking her big sister duties very seriously. She will not give up on baby Louis,” the insider added in May 2018.

Meanwhile, the future king has been “protective” of Charlotte and Louis, according to the source.

As the youngest Cambridge grew up, he slowly shared the limelight with his siblings and parents. Louis’ mischievous personality was memorable at Queen Elizabeth II’s Trooping the Color celebration in June 2022, as he watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace with George, Charlotte and his great-grandmother.

At one point during the festivities, Elizabeth encourages Louis to look at the planes flying overhead. While he initially gave a big wave to the sky, he was later seen dramatically covering his ears to block out the noise from the jets.

Photos of Louis’ funny reaction quickly went viral – and even William and Kate got in on the joke. The royal couple shared a recap of the Queen’s platinum jubilee via Twitter, teasing, “We all had an incredible time, especially Louis… ????.”

The long-reigning monarch died in September 2022, three months after the jubilee, at the age of 96. George and Charlotte attended his state funeral that month, but Louis remained at home.

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A source exclusively revealed, “Kate and William spar over whether Louis should attend the Queen’s funeral.” We those days. ,[They] We came to the conclusion that the procession and service would be too long and heavy for even their youngest children to handle and digest.”