Prince Louis' Royal Journey from Birth to Public Figure

Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, entered the world on April 23, 2018.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Prince Louis' Royal Journey from Birth to Public Figure
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Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, entered the world on April 23, 2018. His arrival was celebrated at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, a familiar scene for royal family enthusiasts, as it was also the birthplace of his older siblings and his father.

The royal announcement was made with traditional pomp: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs," declared Kensington Palace. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, his birth brought joy not only to his parents but also to his extended royal family, who were "delighted with the news."

Within hours of his birth, Prince William and Kate introduced their newborn to the world. The proud father, while loading his son into the car, expressed his elation, telling reporters, "very happy, delighted!" The young prince was christened later in the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace, further continuing the cherished royal traditions.

The Significance of a Name

On April 27, 2018, the world learned the name of the new royal baby—Louis Arthur Charles. This name holds deep familial and historical significance. Louis is a nod to both his brother's middle name and his great-uncle, Prince Edward, as well as his ancestor, Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg. The name Arthur connects him to notable royal figures such as Prince Arthur Tudor and is shared with his father and grandfather, King Charles. Finally, the inclusion of Charles honors his grandfather, the current monarch.

Upon the announcement, Prince Charles expressed his happiness and humor about the growing royal family, remarking, "It is a great joy to have another grandchild. The only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them."

Kate, during a hospital visit, shared insights into the pressures of choosing names under the global spotlight. Amy Stubbs, deputy director of midwifery at Royal Surrey County Hospital, recalled Kate's words, "She said they were their favorite names and that obviously the world was waiting for them to name their children — and that felt like quite a big pressure!"

His Royal Title and Place in Line

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022, Prince Louis's title evolved from "His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge" to "His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Wales." This change occurred as his grandfather ascended the throne and his father, William, inherited the title of Prince of Wales. Prince Louis now stands fourth in line to the British throne, following his father and his two older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Prince Louis Royal Journey from Birth to Public Figure
Prince Louis Royal Journey from Birth to Public Figure© Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson
 

The Charisma of the Youngest Royal

Prince Louis has quickly become a beloved figure across the globe, known for his expressive demeanor and spirited personality. Whether dancing at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant concert or making amusing faces at King Charles’ coronation, he has shown a flair for capturing the public's attention.

An insider close to the family described him as a "cheeky monkey—a typical third child," highlighting his lively spirit during public appearances. Mike Tindall, husband to William's cousin Zara, also commented on Louis's playful nature, saying, "Louis, he was just wanting to have fun.”

Despite his young age, Prince Louis also displays a tender side. According to Kate, at the age of two, he had little understanding of social distancing during the pandemic, often seeking hugs and expressing affection freely, especially towards younger babies.

Education and Personal Interests

In August 2022, the royal family announced that Prince Louis and his siblings would attend Lambrook School near their new home in Windsor, allowing them more opportunities for outdoor activities, which are much cherished by the family. A family friend explained, "The move is mostly down to schooling. The coeducational boarding school would give their kids a competitive education while allowing the family more outdoor time together in the spacious countryside."

Prince Louis has also been introduced to a variety of sports. He's been sailing off the Norfolk coast, received a signed shoe from tennis legend Stan Smith, and tried skiing and rugby, among other activities. His mother, Kate, actively encourages these pursuits, often playing rugby with her children in their garden.

Navigating Family Challenges

Recently, the Prince and Princess of Wales have faced significant personal challenges, particularly concerning Kate's health. In March 2024, it was revealed that Kate was undergoing treatment for cancer, which had been discovered following major abdominal surgery earlier that year. This diagnosis has undoubtedly impacted the family, requiring careful consideration of how to communicate and manage this sensitive situation with their young children.

Kate's own words reflect the gravity and sensitivity with which they approached this situation: "William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family," she stated. She further explained the need for a delicate approach to discussing her health with their children, aiming to reassure them while being mindful of their understanding and emotional needs.

This development has put a spotlight on the resilience and unity of the royal family during times of adversity. The way they handle these challenges not only affects their immediate family but also sets an example for the public, demonstrating strength and composure in the face of personal trials.

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