With his little hands smudged with paint and a broad grin on his face, Prince Louis is clearly pleased with his artistic creation.
As he turns two tomorrow, these charming pictures show that – just like millions of other children across Britain – his parents are keeping him busy by painting rainbows to celebrate the NHS.
To mark the occasion, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new set of pictures of their youngest child.
Adorable: With his little hands smudged with paint and a broad grin on his face, Prince Louis is clearly pleased with his artistic creation
The young prince raised his rainbow coloured hands to his face, that were carefully painted on him by his mother Kate
Supporting the NHS: These charming pictures show that – just like millions of other children across Britain – his parents are keeping him busy by painting rainbows to celebrate the NHS.
Gone are the little wisps of baby hair and chubby face we have been used to seeing. Instead he is now a proper cheeky little boy, full of life just like his brother, Prince George, six, and sister, Princess Charlotte, who will turn five next month
Prince Louis looked absolutely thrilled with his rainbow coloured handprint to stick on the front window of the family home in Norfolk
Taken at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, this month by his doting mother Kate, they show that Louis is growing up fast.
Gone are the little wisps of baby hair and chubby face we have been used to seeing.
Instead he is now a proper cheeky little boy, full of life just like his brother, Prince George, six, and sister, Princess Charlotte, who will turn five next month.
And talking of George, don’t the two brothers look alike with the same heart-shaped faces, rosy cheeks and enchanting gap-toothed smiles?
The excited little face, those beguiling big brown eyes and those long brows are almost identical. As this childhood picture of his mother the Duchess of Cambridge shows, it’s not just her shock of dark hair that Prince Louis has inherited. Kate is pictured here aged three-and-a-half on a Middleton family holiday in the Lake District, in an image first released in 2011 ahead of her marriage to Prince William.
A chip off the old block: Prince William, pictured on his 2nd birthday, has the same rosy cheeks and mischievous look as his youngest son
Prince George at two: Louis’s older brother at age two, pictured at the christening of their sister Charlotte at St Mary Magdalene Church in July 2015
A picture of Princess Charlotte at Anmer Hall in Norfolk in April, in anticipation of her second birthday on May 2
The future Queen Elizabeth II, born 1926, seen here in 1928 aged two with her nanny, Clara Knight, known as ‘Allah’
Prince Charles, aged two, with his smiling mother and the future Queen Elizabeth II, with her hand around his shoulder
Prince Harry, aged two, with his mother Princess Diana on holiday in Majorca. He bears a striking resemblance to his mother in his photo
A young Prince William on his second birthday playing football, in the gardens of Kensington Palace, June 1984
The whole family together: Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the monarch’s official birthday, in London
As we can see Louis, dressed in a blue checked shirt, also loves his arts and crafts – one of Kate’s favourite things to do with her children – and has no fear of getting his hands dirty.
He looks positively ecstatic to be getting so covered in paint as he makes a rainbow patterned handprint to stick up on the front window of the family home.
Pictures of rainbows started springing up up in windows across the country after schools closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
They originated in Italy and quickly spread to the UK, where they are seen as a message of hope and something fun for children spot on their daily hour of exercise. Kate even carefully painted a rainbow on his hands to make a perfect print.
The NHS and its staff is something that William and Kate have put at the heart of their private and professional lives.
Not only are their three children encouraged to take part in the ‘clap for carers’ each Thursday, but the Cambridges have this week announced a new initiative to support key workers by providing a dedicated mental health support system, Our Frontline.
THe Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London with their newborn son Prince Louis on April 23, 2018
The tiny newly-born Prince Louis, prior to his christening, laying peacefully in his little bed, yet to meet his brother and sister
The Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at St James’s Palace on July 09, 2018 in London
The Duchess of Cambridge looks lovingly at her son Prince Louis at his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace on July 9, 2018
A picture of Prince Louis taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark his first birthday
All smiles: Another picture released by the royal family last year to celebrate the first birthday of Prince Louis
According to friends, Louis is a happy boy who adores chasing his elder siblings.
‘They are just a really normal, happy rumbustious family,’ said one source.
‘Louis has inherited George’s scooter and it won’t be long before he’s out of the carrier on Catherine’s bike and catching up with his brother and sister. He can very much hold his own.’
With lockdown in place, Louis will have to be content having a party with George and Charlotte in Norfolk and seeing his grandparents, Charles and Camilla, and Michael and Carole Middleton, by video call.
Still, according to his father, Louis loves being on the phone – holding it right up to his little face.
But prince also revealed that the youngster has a naughty habit of cutting off family phone calls. ‘For some reason he sees the red button and he always wants to press the red button,” William, 37, told the BBC.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: of the new pictures last night: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share four new photographs ahead of Prince Louis’ second birthday tomorrow.
‘The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess.’