The youngest of the Cambridge children, Prince Louis will be turning two on 23 April-St. George’s Day. And it seems despite the situation that the world is in, his parents have made sure that he will have a memorable Prince Louis second birthday party. At the moment, Prince Louis, alongside older brother Prince George and sister Princess Charlotte, are self-isolating at Anmer Hall at the Sandringham Estate with their parents.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl reveals that Kate Middleton and Prince William will do all they can to make sure he feels special Prince Louis second birthday, just like any other year.
“Kate won’t let any birthday pass without a celebration,” says Katie. “So even though the family are in self-isolation, she’ll make sure Louis enjoys his day. She tends to organise fairly low-key parties for the children.
Usually Kate’s parents Carole and Michael are there, along with her sister Pippa and their brother James. This year will be quieter, of course, but there will be presents that Kate has bought online, as well as a tea party. And if the weather’s nice, they’re sure to be out in the gardens.”
The 10-bedroom Norfolk mansion where they are staying is set within extensive grounds with plenty to keep the children, and their cocker spaniel Lupo, busy.
“Even if Louis hasn’t got the wider family there on his birthday, he won’t miss out on any fun,” explains Katie.
“Louis loves being outdoors and has been encouraged by Kate to have a love of nature. He’s happiest when he’s exploring the grounds. They’ve got climbing frames, swings and a pond, and each of the children is in charge of their own little patch of the kitchen garden.”
William has talked about what gift little Louis would love, mentioning toy tractors or maybe a soft toy lamb as an option. He revealed this during a family visit to a farm in February. “Louis loves tractors. They loved seeing the lambs and feeding them,” the duke said.
“There’s already a ride-on tractor in the grounds,” reveals Katie, adding that Anmer Hall’s playroom is also well-stocked with “lots of traditional, wooden toys” should the weather turn to rain.
His older siblings, George and Charlotte, will most definitely make their own cards and gifts for their little brother.
“The emphasis during this time will be on arts and crafts, painting and doing things that aren’t screen-orientated. Kate is usually very strict on screen time and keeps it to a minimum. The children aren’t allowed their own devices,” explains Katie.
Just like any other kid, Prince Louis and his siblings are big fans of cake. And super-mom Kate Middleton will not let them down in that regard. “Kate loves baking and she’ll stay up late making Louis’ birthday cake if need be. His nursery at Kensington Palace has a Peter Rabbit theme, so the Beatrix Potter character might well feature on the cake.”
The Duchess has also revealed that Happy Birthday is “one of Louis’ favourite song”. Odd choice, but no doubt Prince Louis will be overjoyed on the big day when everyone is singing it.
Birthday wishes from his relatives will be sent digitally, of course. “The whole family, including Louis’ grandfather Prince Charles, are communicating via Zoom and Skype, so although they’re all isolating, they haven’t felt isolated,” assures Katie.
While Kate and Prince William are taking care of all their charities and patronages they support, through online video conferencing from home, long-time nanny Maria Borrallo makes sure that there are no unexpected cameos from the three children.
But Katie adds, “Although William and Kate are very busy, I think they’ll make sure it’s a less work-intensive day and more of a family day for Louis.”