Photo of Prince Louis on his bike marks third birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated Prince Louis’ third birthday by posting a photo of their son pictured on his first day at kindergarten.

Growing up quickly, Louis sits on his bike in the grounds of Kensington Palace. He smiles at mother Kate, who took the picture on Wednesday.

The prince is wearing a sweater, shirt, shorts and a backpack on his back. He grabs the handlebars and appears ready to head to the nearby Willcocks Nursery School – but was brought in by car.

Louis celebrates his third birthday on Friday and follows in the footsteps of five-year-old big sister Princess Charlotte, who also attended the same kindergarten.

His birthday will likely be celebrated with a cake to be shared with his new classmates – something that will be revealed in the testimonials on the kindergarten’s website.

Kate is an avid and accomplished amateur photographer who in 2017 accepted an honorary lifelong membership of the Royal Photographic Society, which recognized her “talent and enthusiasm”.

She regularly posts pictures of her children to mark important occasions like birthdays and other important milestones.

Louis was likely greeted by the sight of his favorite toy or picture of his home when he arrived in Willcocks, a gesture for all new children to help them make a smooth transition from home to school.

The school has been described in reports as a loyal following of “old English families and fancy foreigners” and is something of a “hidden gem” in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall.

It is likely that Kate was invited to her first “Stay and Play” session with Louis in kindergarten, where parents gradually spend more time away from their child until they are happy, from their mother or daughter all day to be separated from her father.

The Willcocks website has glowing reviews from parents with one identified only as Ms. Stannard: “The Willcocks Kindergarten, where only the nicest and most encouraging teachers make every day wonderful so that your kids barely notice when they say goodbye that they are almost all of me and the best educated, caring, sharing, and happy children one could ever hope for. “

The kindergarten also received positive praise from Ofsted when it was inspected in January 2020 and rated as excellent.

The school charges fees of £ 3,400 per semester for children who attend morning school and £ 2,250 per semester for those who enroll in the afternoon.

The two-week period of royal mourning following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death ends Friday so the Cambridges can post the picture.

The young prince was featured in a picture published in honor of his great-grandfather, showing Philip and the queen at Balmoral surrounded by their great-grandchildren – with the monarch holding Louis.

Kate confessed in January that parenting left her “exhausted” during lockdown and joked about how Louis, George and Charlotte withdrew in “horror” when she became their hairdresser.

The youngest child of the Cambridge ranks fifth and was born on April 23, 2018 in the private Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

He was baptized at the age of 11 weeks by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in front of friends and family Louis Arthur Charles.

The young prince has rarely been seen in public – his most prominent outing in the last 12 months was when he appeared with his parents and siblings in a special pantomime at London’s Palladium Theater last winter.

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