Prince Louis’s birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition

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Prince Louis’s sixth birthday will not be marked by a new official portrait, in a move that will leave royal fans sorely disappointed. Royal watchers around the globe will be disappointed not to see a new photo of Prince Louis to mark his sixth birthday tomorrow. Every year since he was born on April 23, 2018, Kensington Palace has released a new picture of the child taken by his mother to celebrate his birthday, but this year has proven to be the exception to the rule.

 

Prince Louis's birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition
The Palace has previously released iconic pictures of Louis on his birthday

The decision not to release a new photograph may have been influenced by the furore following the last time the family released a family photograph. On March 10 a new image of Kate and her three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight and Louis, was released to celebrate Mother’s Day. However, hours after the picture was shared several international picture agencies retracted it over editing concerns.

 

Prince Louis's birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition

They noted inconsistencies with the alignment of Charlotte’s hand, her skirt and the positioning of Kate’s zip. The Princess of Wales later admitted to editing the image and apologised “for any confusion”. She said: “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing.” Less than two weeks later, Kate released a video message saying she had been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer.

 

Prince Louis's birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition

The future Queen, 42, told the world that she is having preventative chemotherapy after cancer was found in post-operative tests following her major abdominal surgery in January. Veteran royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes the absence of a birthday image is due to the Mother’s Day photo scandal and a need for Kate to have “time, space and privacy”.

 

Prince Louis's birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition

He told the Daily Express: “Royal fans will be disappointed by the lack of a photograph to mark Prince Louis’s birthday. It is something of a royal tradition that royal birthdays are celebrated by the release of photographs, Catherine has taken a great many and they are always eagerly awaited. “This is a shame because of the vexed issue of her Mothering Day photograph. The revelation that it was edited led to a highly embarrassing contretemps and the subsequent revelation that she was not only recovering from abdominal surgery but bravely fighting cancer.

 

Prince Louis's birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition

“The video message when she revealed this was probably the bravest by any public figure about their health in Britain. “The lack of a photograph on this occasion simply emphasises her need for time, space and privacy which she expressed so movingly in the message and, after the misunderstandings of recent weeks, this should be universally understood.” Louis, who has won the hearts of the nation with his cheeky antics at royal events, has seen every one of his birthdays marked with the release of a set of official portraits.

 

Prince Louis's birthday heartbreak as Kensington Palace breaks beloved royal tradition

Weeks after he was born Kate snapped her third child at their home of Kensington Palace and followed the tradition with three snaps celebrating his first birthday a year later. When he turned two during the first coronavirus lockdown, five adorable pictures of Louis with his hands covered in paint were released.

His third birthday snap showed him riding a bike in a photo taken ahead of his first day at nursery; while his fourth birthday was marked by pictures of him enjoying a day out at the beach in Norfolk. Last year his birthday portraits showed Louis being pushed in a wheelchair by the Princess of Wales. It marked a break from tradition as the picture was captured by photographer Millie Pilkington and not his mother.

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