The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, Prince Louis, is the youngest member of the royal family. That is, until Meghan Markle gives birth to she and husband, Prince Harry’s highly anticipated first born, of course.
But due to his young age – he is just 10 months old – Prince Louis’ parents have kept him out of the limelight as much as possible. In fact, aside from spotting his adorable face in the royal family portrait before Christmas, we haven’t seen or heard much about little Louis since his christening last summer on 9 July.
However, that doesn’t mean he is a complete stranger to us as there are some titbits we know about Kate and William’s youngest. Here are just a few…
He’s on the move
Giving a very rare update on Prince Louis, his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, revealed that her son ‘just wants to pull himself up all the time’ while talking to guests during a visit to the Henry Fawcett Centre in Kennington. ‘He has got these little walkers and is bombing around in them,’ she explained, indicating that soon there’ll be no stopping the family’s youngest from getting up on his feet.
The comment shared by fellow mum Kriti, who was attending the event with her nine-month-old Kameron, who added: ‘She took one look at Kameron and said, “Oh he wants to go walkies.” Apparently her son is cruising (when a child pulls themselves up and uses furniture to move about) and she said she was running after him all the time.’
Watch out, Wills and Kate – soon you’ll have three children running around!
He has more than one name
Louis’ full name is Prince Louis Arthur Charles, and all three of his names certainly have a lot of meaning behind them. According to PEOPLE magazine, Prince Louis’ name is a nod to Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, whose grandfather was Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg.
‘The royal baby’s middle names of Charles and Arthur also hold special meaning. Charles, of course, is in honor of the baby boy’s grandfather, Prince Charles. And the name Arthur is a family tradition. Both dad William and grandfather Charles have it as a middle name,’ the magazine reported.
Apparently, the name Louis, which has French and German origin, means ‘renowned warrior.’ Hence why France had 18 kings named Louis – the first being in the Carolingian Empire with King Louis I, the Debonaire (814-840), while the last was King Louis-Phillipe in Orleans (1830-1848).
He’s already followed plenty of royal traditions
Since his arrival, we’ve had just a few glimpses, but in them we know that he’s mirroring the journey of his big brother and sister. He was welcomed in to the world in the Lindo Wing in Paddington, and made his first appearance on the very same steps as the two Cambridge children who arrived before him.
He also wore the same christening gown that has been used by the royals for generations – no matter which family you’re a part of, hand-me-downs are still part of the deal!
He is fifth in line for the throne
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, Prince Louis is fifth in line to the throne which means it is quite unlikely he will ever be king. He follows his older sister Princess Charlotte, who is fourth in line, his older brother Prince George who is third in line, his father Prince William who is second in line and his grandfather Prince Charles who is first in line for the throne and will reign after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
He shares a birthday with some other popular A-listers
Prince Louis was born on 23 April 2018. Fun fact: this means that he shares his birthday with some pretty popular celebrities including supermodel Gigi Hadid, who was born on the same date in 1995 and BAFTA winning British actor Dev Patel, who was born on 23 April 1990.
He has an adorable nursery
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Prince Louis’ nursery, which was once also home to his older sister Charlotte and older brother George, is apparently decorated in a classic Peter Rabbit theme. Inspired by the famous children’s book, the room is said to be full of warm blues and whimsy.