Prince Louis of Cambridge

Prince Louis of Cambridge (/ˈli/ LOO-ee;[1] Louis Arthur Charles; born 23 April 2018) is a member of the British royal family. He is the third and youngest child and second son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born at 11:01 BST (10:01 UTC) on 23 April 2018.[2][3][4] On 24 April, gun salutes from the Tower of London and Hyde Park and bell ringings at Westminster Abbey marked the birth.[5] On 27 April 2018, it was announced that the baby had been named Louis Arthur Charles,[6] the first and last names honouring his paternal great-great-great-uncle Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and his paternal grandfather Charles, Prince of Wales, respectively.[7]

On 9 July 2018, Louis was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, using water from the River Jordan in accordance with tradition.[8] Louis's godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Gillingham Carter, and Lucy Middleton.[9] Louis wore the replica of the royal christening gown, created in 2008 as a copy of the 1841 gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, and used for every royal christening until it was retired for preservation in 2004.[10]

Louis started his education at the Willcocks Nursery School, near his family's home in Kensington Palace, in April 2021.[11]

Louis made his first public appearance on 8 June 2019, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour.[12][13] In March 2020, he joined his siblings, George and Charlotte, in an online video to applaud key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.[14] In September 2020, the children met David Attenborough; Kensington Palace subsequently released a video of them asking Attenborough questions regarding environmental conservation.[15][16] In December 2020, they made their first red carpet appearance accompanying their parents to the London Palladium for a performance of a pantomime held to thank key workers for their efforts during the pandemic.[17][18][19]

Louis is from birth a prince of the United Kingdom, entitled to the style of Royal Highness under letters patent issued by his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on 31 December 2012, which gave the title and style to all children of the Prince of Wales's eldest son.[20] He is thus styled "His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge".[7]

Prince Louis is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne, behind his grandfather, father and older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.[2] Following the implementation of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, he is the first British prince to be ranked behind an elder sister in the line of succession.[21]


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