Watch: Prince Louis’s third birthday marked with picture of young royal on his bike
Prince Louis, the youngest son of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, turns three years old on Friday, marking a second birthday in lockdown.
This time last year Louis was in Anmer Hall with his family, as the Cambridges went to Norfolk when the country went into lockdown.
His mother, Kate, released images of him paying tribute to NHS workers with a rainbow-painted hand print. The cute pictures showed his hands covered in stripes of paint as he grinned at his mum.
The night before his third birthday,
Prince William and Kate shared another new picture of Louis, the morning before he went to Willcocks Nursery School for the first time.
Louis had already passed a couple of royal milestones, but with a year in lockdown now under his belt, the toddler may have to wait for a few more.
Kate took the picture of Louis on his first day at Nursery in Kensington. (Duchess of Cambridge) Read more: Three cheers for Prince Philip as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make first outing since funeral
He'd been on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour at just one year old, held by his parents as he watched the RAF flypast in 2019.
But in 2020 and 2021 the events have been cancelled in their full form.
By Louis's age, his older brother Prince George was attending nursery, at the Westacre Montessori near their home in Norfolk. His sister, Princess Charlotte, went to Willcocks Nursery School in London at the age of two and a half.
William and Kate have now confirmed that Louis also started at Willcocks on Wednesday, showing him on his bike before his first day.
Louis has also already walked a red carpet, joining his parents and older siblings at the theatre in London in December 2020, at a special event to thank key workers and their families.
As the toddler prince celebrates another lockdown birthday, here's some of his cutest moments.
Read more: Chrissy Teigen reveals Meghan Markle wrote to her after she lost baby Jack: ‘She's been so kind' Story continues Browsing the programme as he sat with the Duchess of Cambridge at the theatre in London in December 2020. (Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images) He looked ready to applaud the performers as he waited for the show to begin. (Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images) Prince Louis was also spotted sucking his thumb and casting his eyes across the crowd. (Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images) Louis held his mother's hand on the red carpet, and looked dazzled by the action. (Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images) The December 2020 outing was a family occasion and happened just before another coronavirus lockdown. (Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images) Sitting in the back of the car as his father drove them for a Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Watch: Prince William's children pay tribute to the late Princess Diana on Mother's Day Enjoying a family outing at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy in July 2019. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) He made his mum giggle as he played around with a pair of sunglasses. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Louis looked keen to meet his new cousin Archie as he entertained his aunt Meghan. (Samir Hussein/WireImage) He may only be three but he made his balcony debut when he was just one, in 2019. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) The adorable tot waved to the RAF planes during the flypast. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Louis watched the parade from inside Buckingham Palace with older sister Princess Charlotte. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) At his christening in the Chapel Royal in July 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/AFP) The Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince Louis in April 2018. (Samir Hussein/WireImage) He was born on 23 April at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, and is fifth in line to the throne. (Anwar Hussein/WireImage) Watch: Duchess Catherine's children are 'horrified' by her hairdressing skills