Prince Louis of Cambridge

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Prince Louis
Cambridge family at Trooping the Colour 2019 - 14.jpg
Louis in 2019
Born (2018-04-23) 23 April 2018 (age 4)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Louis Arthur Charles[1]
FatherPrince William, Duke of Cambridge
MotherCatherine Middleton

Prince Louis of Cambridge (/ˈli/ LOO-ee;[2] Louis Arthur Charles; born 23 April 2018) is a member of the British royal family. He is the third and youngest child, as well as the 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.

Birth and christening[edit]

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.[3][4][5] On 24 April, gun salutes from the Tower of London and Hyde Park and bell ringings at Westminster Abbey marked the birth.[6] On 27 April 2018, it was announced that the baby had been named Louis Arthur Charles,[7] the first and last names honouring his paternal great-great-granduncle Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and his paternal grandfather Charles, Prince of Wales, respectively.[8]

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.[9] His godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Gillingham Carter, and Lucy Middleton.[10] He 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.[11]


Louis started his education at the Willcocks Nursery School, near his family's home in Kensington Palace, in April 2021.[12]

Official appearances[edit]

Louis made his first Trooping the Colour appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on 8 June 2019.[13][14] In March 2020, he joined his siblings, George and Charlotte, in an online video to applaud key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.[15] In September 2020, the children met David Attenborough; Kensington Palace subsequently released a video of them asking Attenborough questions regarding environmental conservation.[16][17] 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.[18][19][20]

Title, style and succession[edit]

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.[21] He is thus styled "His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge".[8]

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.[3] 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.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As a member of the royal family entitled to be called His Royal Highness, Louis does not usually use a family name. But when one is needed, it is Mountbatten-Windsor.
  2. ^ "Royal baby named Prince Louis". BBC News. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018. Lou-ee not Lou-iss
  3. ^ a b "Duchess gives birth to baby boy". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ Staff author (May 2018). "Prince Louis". London: Buckingham Palace. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018. {{cite web}}: |author1= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Royal baby: Duke and duchess show off new son". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Royal baby: Prince Charles feels 'great joy' for new grandson". BBC. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their baby son Louis". The Guardian. Press Association. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b Furness, Hannah; Boyle, Danny (27 April 2018). "Prince Louis Arthur Charles: New royal baby name announced by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Prince Louis to be baptised on 9 July". BBC. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  10. ^ "The Christening of Prince Louis: guests and godparents". The Royal Family. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Prince Louis christening: George and Charlotte seen with brother for first time". BBC. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Prince Louis: New birthday photograph as he starts nursery". BBC. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Prince Louis makes waves at parade". BBC News. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  14. ^ Harvey-Jenner, Catriona (8 June 2019). "Prince Louis couldn't have been cuter at his first royal appearance". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  15. ^ Young, Sarah (27 March 2020). "Clap for our carers: Harry and Meghan join Prince George, Charlotte and Louis in applause for NHS workers". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Royal children quiz Sir David Attenborough". BBC News. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  17. ^ Taylor, Elise (3 October 2020). "The Cambridge Kids Have Some Adorable Questions for Sir David Attenborough". Vogue. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Prince William and Kate make red carpet debut with royal children". BBC News. 11 December 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  19. ^ Foussianes, Chloe (11 December 2020). "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Make Surprise Appearance at the London Palladium". Town & Country. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  20. ^ Jones, Tony; Rowlands, Robert (12 December 2020). "Adorable photo as William and Kate take kids to Christmas panto". CambridgeshireLive. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  21. ^ "No. 60384". The London Gazette. 8 January 2013. p. 213.
  22. ^ "Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to new prince". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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Prince Louis of Cambridge
Born: 23 April 2018
Lines of succession
Preceded by Succession to the British throne
5th in line
Followed by
The Duke of Sussex