Prince Louis birthday photos: New pictures show ruby-cheeked royal playing in garden of Norfolk home

Patrick Grafton-Green

Adorable new photographs of Prince Louis taken by his mother Kate have been released ahead of his first birthday.

The third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is pictured playing in the garden of the family's Norfolk home in the photographs taken earlier this month.

In two images, Louis' rosy cheeks match his red jumper, which is covered in bits of greenery as he plays in the garden.

His broad smiles show off his two bottom front teeth.

In the third, Louis looks more serious as he wears a blue jumper with a dog motif.

Three photos of the prince have been released to mark his third birthday (PA)

In March, Kate revealed during a visit to a children's centre that Louis, then about 11 months old, was an active child who enjoyed "bombing around" on a walker.

"He just wants to pull himself up all the time. He's got these little walkers and is bombing around on them," she told a fellow parent.

Prince Louis Arthur Charles was born on St George's Day last year, April 23, at 11.01am, weighing 8lb 7oz.

He bears a clear resemblance to both his older brother, George, and his father, William, when they were a similar age.

Prince George celebrates his first birthday at the Natural History Museum in 2014

Louis is fifth in line to the throne, a great-grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and a younger sibling of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Princess Charlotte snapped by the Duchess of Cambridge ahead of her first birthday (The Duchess of Cambridge)

He made his debut in Kate's arms as his proud parents showed him off to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, just hours after he was born.

The name Louis was already one of George's middle names and pays tribute to the Prince of Wales's great-uncle, Earl Mountbatten, who was murdered by the IRA.

William and Kate released photos of their son soon after he was born - including one of him being cuddled by his big sister Charlotte on her third birthday when Louis was only about a week old.

Louis was sleeping soundly, as Charlotte put a protective arm around her baby brother and planted a kiss on his forehead.

The prince was next seen fast asleep at his christening in July, and alert and smiling in family photographs released to mark the occasion.

Louis, who appears to have inherited the brown Middleton eyes from Kate's side of the family, was pictured with his wider family, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in photos released to mark Charles's 70th birthday in November.