Kate Middleton and Prince William Release New Photo of Prince Louis for His 6th Birthday

Kate Middleton and Prince William Release New Photo of Prince Louis for His 6th Birthday

Prince Louis turns six today, and his parents have released an adorable new image to mark the occasion. Posted on the Prince and Princess of Wales’s social media channels at 12:15 p.m. in the UK, the image shows the Prince lying on his stomach and smiling into the camera.

“Happy 6th Birthday, Prince Louis!” the caption reads. “Thank you for all the kind wishes today.”

The image was taken in recent days by Kate in Windsor, which is where the family live in Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate. Following the controversy surrounding the edited image released by the Palace for Mother’s Day, this picture is understood to be unedited.

The decision to release an image via social media on the day of Louis’ birthday marks a change from Kensington Palace’s usual process. William and Kate had established a convention of releasing images for their children’s birthdays to news media under embargo a day ahead which meant that UK newspapers could publish the image on the day of the birthday itself. However, this is an unprecedented time for the family as Kate is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer while also still fully recovering from major abdominal surgery in January.

In a totally unexpected and heartbreaking video message released one month ago, the Princess of Wales shared that she has cancer and had started a course of chemotherapy. She made a plea for “space and privacy” while she completes her treatment.

The Wales family spent Easter out of the spotlight and there remains no word on when Kate is expected to be out and about again publicly. Prince William carried out his first public visit since his wife announced her diagnosis last week. He highlighted the work of a food distribution charity in southeast England.

Princess Charlotte’s 9th birthday is on May 2, and it is expected that an image will be released in the same way as today to mark the occasion.

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