Prince Louis' 6th Birthday Marked with Candid Portrait

Royal Family Shares Candid Moments Amid Personal Challenges.

by Nouman Rasool
Prince Louis' 6th Birthday Marked with Candid Portrait
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Prince William and Princess Kate recently celebrated Prince Louis’ sixth birthday, a cherished occasion marked by the release of a new portrait of the young royal, taken by Princess Kate herself. The photo, captured in the serene surroundings of Windsor in the days leading up to April 23, features a beaming Prince Louis lying on a blanket, grinning widely at the camera.

The image accompanies a heartfelt note from the Prince and Princess of Wales: "Happy 6th Birthday, Prince Louis! Thank you for all the kind wishes today."

This latest portrait continues the royal tradition of sharing personal snapshots of the children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—on their respective birthdays.

These portraits are often eagerly anticipated by royal enthusiasts and this year was no exception. However, given Princess Kate's ongoing cancer treatment and the family's recent request for privacy, the timing and nature of this year’s birthday portrait were met with particular interest and empathy.

Photo Editing Controversy

The release of the unedited photo follows last month's controversy where a Mother’s Day picture, edited by Kate and taken by Prince William, faced criticism. This issue was addressed when Princess Kate, acknowledging her penchant for photography, expressed regret for any confusion caused by her editing choices, reinforcing her status as an “enthusiastic amateur photographer.” In the midst of these personal challenges, the family maintains their public commitments.

Prince Louis and his siblings have just resumed their studies at Lambrook School following their Easter break. Prince William, balancing his royal duties with personal support for his wife, engaged in charity work just last week.

This portrait release not only marks Prince Louis' birthday but also serves as a gesture of gratitude towards well-wishers from the royal couple. It stands in contrast to the scrutiny that followed last year’s Mother's Day photo, emphasizing the family's ongoing efforts to balance their public roles with personal adversities.