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Picture of Prince Louis taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark his first birthday
Picture of Prince Louis taken by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, to mark his first birthday
A gun salute at Carrickfergus Castle to mark the Queen’s 93rd birthday
A gun salute at Edinburgh Castle

By Laura Parnaby

Adorable new photographs of Prince Louis have been released ahead of his first birthday today.

The third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is pictured playing in the garden of the family's Norfolk home in photographs taken by his mother Kate earlier this month.

In two photos Louis' rosy cheeks match his red jumper, which is covered in bits of greenery as he enjoys playing in the garden. His broad smiles show off his two bottom front teeth and it looks like two more teeth may be on their way soon.

In the third photo Louis is wearing a blue jumper with a dog motif and looks more serious.

In March, Kate revealed during a visit to a children's centre that Louis, then about 11 months old, was an active child who enjoyed "bombing around" on a walker.

"He just wants to pull himself up all the time. He's got these little walkers and is bombing around on them," she told a fellow parent.

Prince Louis Arthur Charles, who was born at 11.01am on April 23, 2018 - St George's Day - weighing 8lb 7oz, bears a clear resemblance to both his older brother George and his father William when they were a similar age.

Louis is fifth in line to the throne, a great-grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and a younger sibling of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Louis made his debut in Kate's arms as his proud parents showed him off to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London just hours after he was born.

The name Louis was already one of George's middle names and pays tribute to the Prince of Wales' great-uncle, Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA.

William and Kate released photos of their son soon after he was born - including one of him being cuddled by his big sister Charlotte on her third birthday when Louis was only about a week old.

Louis was sleeping soundly as Charlotte put a protective arm around her baby brother and planted a kiss on his forehead.

Elsewhere, gun salutes took place across the country in honour of the Queen's 93rd birthday.

A ceremonial 62-gun salute took place at the Tower of London, and in Hyde Park cavalry troops set off a 41-gun salute attended by Princess Anne.

In Northern Ireland more than 1,000 people gathered for a 21-gun salute at Carrickfergus Castle.

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