Prince Louis, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is three years old.
To celebrate his birthday, Kensington Palace released a new portrait of the little Prince on his first day at nursery school last week. In it, he sits upon a red bicycle, wearing a blue sweater and carrying a matching backpack.
“Three tomorrow!” The family captioned the image on social media. (The Prince’s birthday is officially April 23—the family typically releases a photo the night before the milestone.)
The picture was taken by his mother, Kate Middleton.
It’s a cheerful moment in what has otherwise been one of mourning for the royal family: earlier in April, Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99. His funeral was broadcast to millions around the world, with Vogue’s* Hamish Bowles writing that it served as “a powerful evocation of a remarkable man.”
Yet Prince Louis has always brought some smiles to the world’s faces. Last year, for example, the royal family shared a snap of the tot finger-panting—and subsequently smearing said paint all over his face. “Instagram vs reality,” they wrote.. Then there was his video appearance with David Attenborough, where he adorably struggled to pronounce the world “animal.”