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Prince Louis turns one: British royals celebrate with three cute new photos

The three smiling portraits were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in the family's Norfolk garden

It's Prince Louis's first birthday today, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released three new photos of the young prince to celebrate.

Click through our gallery above to see the three new photos, and more snaps from the tot's first year.

The newly released set of images were taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the garden of the family's Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, England.

Undated handout photo of Britain's Prince Louis taken by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, earlier this month at their home in Norfolk, Britain April 22, 2019. Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via REUTERS THIS PICTURE IS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2019 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. NO CHARGE SHOULD BE MADE FOR THE SUPPLY, RELEASE OR PUBLICATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH. THE PHOTOGRAPH MUST NOT BE DIGITALLY ENHANCED, MANIPULATED OR MODIFIED IN ANY MANNER OR FORM AND MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH WHEN PUBLISHED. MANDATORY CREDIT: The Duchess of Cambridge
A photo of Prince Louis taken by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, released to celebrate his first birthday on April 23, 2019. Courtesy the Duchess of Cambridge

The photos feature the one-year-old in a red knit and a blue jumper, with a dog embroidered on the front.

With two new teeth and blonde hair, he is seen with a big smile, and happily playing in the grass in two of the photos.

Undated handout photo of Britain's Prince Louis taken by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, earlier this month at their home in Norfolk, Britain April 22, 2019. Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via REUTERS THIS PICTURE IS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2019 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. NO CHARGE SHOULD BE MADE FOR THE SUPPLY, RELEASE OR PUBLICATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH. THE PHOTOGRAPH MUST NOT BE DIGITALLY ENHANCED, MANIPULATED OR MODIFIED IN ANY MANNER OR FORM AND MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH WHEN PUBLISHED. MANDATORY CREDIT: The Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Louis, as captured by the Duchess of Cambridge. Courtesy the Duchess of Cambridge

“He really is the most cheerful, smiley little boy,” a royal source has said of the young prince. “He’s always so happy and content.”

This isn't the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has been behind the lens of relaxed family images that have been released.

The mother-of-three captured the images of a two-week-old Louis released last May, to celebrate Princess Charlotte's third birthday.

Prince Louis was born on April 23, 2018, at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.

Undated handout photo of Britain's Prince Louis taken by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, earlier this month at their home in Norfolk, Britain April 22, 2019. Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via REUTERS THIS PICTURE IS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2019 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. NO CHARGE SHOULD BE MADE FOR THE SUPPLY, RELEASE OR PUBLICATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPH. THE PHOTOGRAPH MUST NOT BE DIGITALLY ENHANCED, MANIPULATED OR MODIFIED IN ANY MANNER OR FORM AND MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH WHEN PUBLISHED. MANDATORY CREDIT: The Duchess of Cambridge
A photo Britain's Prince Louis taken by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, released to celebrate his first birthday on April 23, 2019. Courtesy the Duchess of Cambridge

The newest photos are some of the first of Louis looking a little more grown up. He seems to have his brother Prince George's blonde hair, but looks unmistakably like big sister, Princess Charlotte.

Unlike Prince George, who is often compared to Princess Diana, royal watchers have said Louis is the first of the Cambridge children to look like a mini-Michael Middleton, the duchess's father, particularly in the family's 2018 Christmas card photo:

ANMER, UNITED KINGDOM: **NO SALES** **NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE** (This photograph must not be used after 31st December 2019, without prior permission from Kensington Palace.) This handout photograph taken in the Autumn by Matt Porteous and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George (right) at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, United Kingdom. This photograph features on their Royal Highnesses Christmas card this year. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images) NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use including, for example, calendars, books and supplements). This photograph is provided to you strictly on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. The photograph must include all of the individuals when published.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2018 Christmas card. Kensington Palace via Getty Images

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Updated: April 23, 2019 09:49 AM

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