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Prince Louis’ birthday is upon us, and as the youngest of three, there’s a strong chance that he’ll be thoroughly spoiled, says This Morning’s psychologist Emma Kenny.
The cheeky royal celebrates his milestone on St George’s Day, April 23, most likely in the company of his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and his older siblings Prince George, seven and Princess Charlotte, five.
And according to Emma, he’ll be very accustomed to being the centre of it all. “The third child tends to attract lots of attention and can be very much doted on by their parents, especially if they don’t intend to have any more children,” says Emma. “I’m sure Louis’ birthday will be a lovely family affair and Kate will spoil her ‘baby’ rotten.
"She might feel a little sad that she can’t give Louis what his siblings had when they turned three due to Covid restrictions, so I think she’ll do everything she can to make it a super special occasion.”
Perhaps something horsey will be amongst his gifts now that fifth in line to the throne Louis is said to have started riding.
Following royal tradition, Kate and William have reportedly given the three children their own ponies on the condition they’re ‘hands on’ and learn to look after them.
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The birthday boy is also a fan of messy play, memorably covering himself in colourful paint for the "Instagram vs Reality" themed official portrait captured by Kate last year. His other favourite things include tractors – which are also passion of his big brother George, according to William – eating beetroot, smelling flowers, feeding lambs on farm visits and exploring outdoors.
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He is quite drawn to cake queen Dame Mary Berry too, and uttered "Mary" as one of his first words, pointing to her face on the cover of one of his mum’s recipe books, Kate previously said. According to an insider he would even “whoop and clap” at the sight of her on television.
Interestingly, research shows that the youngest members of a family, like Louis, tend to be more outgoing compared to their siblings and usually make a play for the spotlight thanks to their adventurous nature.
Kate mentioned during the first lockdown how she found it hard to teach her sociable son to stay at least one metre away from other kids, admitting: “Louis doesn’t understand social distancing, he goes out wanting to cuddle everything, particularly any babies younger than him.”
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Emma Kenny adds: “Third children are often quite resilient too – they have to learn to be independent and look after themselves when they’re with their brothers and sisters”.
Indeed, Kate has previously let slip that little Louis would often make himself heard when he first learnt to speak, demanding “me, me, me” as a toddler. He has also made sure he’s very involved with family zoom sessions, trying to press the buttons at the wrong time, cutting off calls by accident. “It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie,” Kate has confessed.
However, she also hinted that he’s quite a mummy’s boy, once describing how, “he wants to come everywhere with me.” The fact that Louis’ nursery schooling has been delayed, most probably due to the pandemic, has meant he’s remained cosseted within the family unit for longer than his siblings, who started their formal education at the age of two and a half.
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When George and Charlotte returned to their London school St Thomas Battersea in March, Louis had to be content to stay home with Nanny Maria and his mum Kate.
Whether he’ll always be the baby of the brood is unknown. Last year Kate quashed rumours of another pregnancy when she said, "I don't think William wants any more”. She also joked that he’d be “a little worried" at the prospect of a new addition.
However, reports recently claimed that the couple are planning to add to their brood. As Emma points out: “If you have three children already it’s a sure sign that you love kids and really enjoy expanding the family.” Watch this space.
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