New Photos of Prince Louis Released Ahead of His First Birthday

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Prince Louis
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How has it been a year already? Believe it or not, Prince Louis is turning 1 on Tuesday, April 23, and Kensington Palace just released some adorable new photos in his honor. Making the precious photos even more special is the fact that his mom, Kate Middleton, took them herself.

  • We can't even stand this cuteness! 

    The palace added the caption, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share these new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow ... The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk.‬"

    Kate has taken many of the official portraits of her kids over the years, and has quite the eye for photography.

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  • Look at the joy she captured on her baby's face!

    And the teeth! Can we talk about those two little teeth? We bet he kept his mom and dad up some late nights cutting those! Hey, he may be a prince, but he's still a baby, after all, and teething pain doesn't care about your royal status. 

  • Will and Kate also shared one of Louis in a sweet blue puppy dog sweater.

    He is definitely taking after his big brother, Prince George, in both the looks and style department. Little sweaters, Peter Pan collars, embroidered animal details? Yup, looks like mom shops at the same store for both her boys.

  • Does this mean we'll be seeing more of Prince Louis out in the public now that's a whole year old?

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tend to keep their kids secluded while they're babies, but once they've hit toddler stage, we've gotten to see them tag along on royal tours, to family weddings, and various outings like birthday parties and of course the annual Trooping the Color parade. That's coming up in June, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that Louis will be included on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this year!