Sweet Prince Louis

Princess Char­lotte cel­e­brated her third birth­day with a kiss for brother Louis, nine days old and al­ready a me­dia sen­sa­tion. Juliet Rieden wel­comes the new royal.

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Thrice the worry,” joked Prince Wil­liam, a very proud father who ear­lier had in­tro­duced his third child to the world, beam­ing and wav­ing with his wife, the Duchess of Cam­bridge.

As with Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte, the new­born faced an end­less clat­ter of cam­era shut­ters on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal in Padding­ton, London, as his first in­tro­duc­tion to royal life. But snug­gled in his cosy white woollen shawl, the fifth in line to the throne seemed un­per­turbed and kept his eyes closed through his first photo call, but wig­gled his fin­gers to ev­ery­one’s de­light.

Ear­lier, Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte had ar­rived to visit their new brother, Ge­orge still in his school uni­form and Char­lotte look­ing very pleased with her­self in a flo­ral dress and match­ing blue cardi­gan. They walked ei­ther side of their dad, hold­ing on to his hands, with ten­ta­tive waves at the crowd. But then as they mounted the steps Char­lotte turned, of­fer­ing an in­cred­i­bly sweet se­cret wave which earned her front pages around the world. The new Prince had been born at a minute past 11am on April 23, weigh­ing 8lbs 7oz (3.82kg), and when a tra­di­tional town crier an­nounced the birth and the of­fi­cial Palace state­ment was placed on the gilt easel in­side the gates of Buck­ing­ham Palace, it was a glo­ri­ous piece of an­cient pomp and pageantry straight out of Tu­dor Eng­land.

Prince Wil­liam told the throngs of re­porters out­side the hos­pi­tal that he was “very happy, very de­lighted, thank you”. When asked for his son’s name, the royal teased “you’ll find out soon enough”. In fact it was four days be­fore the name was re­vealed – Prince Louis Arthur Charles.

Louis was no doubt a trib­ute to Lord Louis Mount­bat­ten,

Prince Charles’ great un­cle, who was mur­dered by the IRA and whom Charles has de­scribed as “the grand­fa­ther I never had”. Arthur was per­haps a nod to King Arthur and Prince Wil­liam’s sec­ond name, and Charles in def­er­ence to his grandpa, the heir to the throne.

In a state­ment, Kens­ing­ton Palace an­nounced: “The baby will be for­mally known as His Royal High­ness Prince Louis of Cam­bridge.”

Louis pushes his un­cle Prince Harry into sixth place in line to the throne, but in a rather apt piece of girl power – con­sid­er­ing this year’s global awak­en­ing of fe­male em­pow­er­ment – Louis will not su­per­sede his sis­ter Princess Char­lotte, who re­tains her po­si­tion above her baby brother. This is all thanks to a change to the 2013 Suc­ces­sion to the Crown Act, which en­sured princes no longer push their princess sib­lings down the peck­ing or­der. Wel­come, Prince Louis.

“It is a great joy to have an­other grand­child; the only trou­ble is I don’t know how I am go­ing to keep up.” – PRINCE CHARLES

Baby Louis, three days old, pho­tographed by his mother at Kens­ing­ton Palace. OP­PO­SITE: With his sis­ter Char­lotte a few days later.

ABOVE: Princess Char­lotte waves as she heads into the hos­pi­tal to visit her new baby brother. RIGHT: The happy parents.

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