Prince Louis's birthday is about to begin in the UK, and to kick the festivities off, Kate Middleton and Prince William shared several new photos of their youngest child on their Kensington Royal Instagram. Louis, who is turning two, appears finger painting to create rainbow artwork in support of the UK's National Health Service (NHS). His mother took the photos this month while the family was in quarantine.
"Sharing a sneak peek of Prince Louis’s handiwork ahead of his second birthday! 🎨" the couple captioned the shots. "We are pleased to share images ahead of Prince Louis’s second birthday tomorrow, taken by The Duchess this April."
These photos are a very rare glimpse of Louis, who hasn't been photographed out in public since the holidays, when he was riding with his parents to Buckingham Palace for the Queen's holiday luncheon.
Us Weekly got a little detail about how the family intends to celebrate Louis's birthday at their country home Anmer Hall tomorrow, where they're quarantining.
"Unfortunately Kate’s had to call off Louis’ big birthday party because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the celebrations haven’t been completely canceled," Us's source said in early April. "They’ll just do something smaller with immediately family only."
They'll take advantage of their backyard, the source added: "If the weather is nice, William’s planning to cook some chicken and burgers on BBQ and play outdoor sports and games as a family—football, chase and hide and seek. And obviously Louis will have a cake too! He’s so excited about his big day and is already singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to himself."
Alyssa Bailey News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).