Happy Birthday Prince Louis. Here’s to 6 Years of Fantastic Face-Pulling

He has won hearts around the world for brightening every royal event he attends with cheerful gurning and dramatic expressions. HBD Prince Louis, the royals’ youngest comedian.Updated Apr. 23, 2024 7:37AM EDT / Published Apr. 23, 2024 4:30AM EDT Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyPrince Louis turns 6 Tuesday, and it’s fair to say that the youngest child of the Waleses

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He has won hearts around the world for brightening every royal event he attends with cheerful gurning and dramatic expressions. HBD Prince Louis, the royals’ youngest comedian.

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Prince Louis turns 6 Tuesday, and it’s fair to say that the youngest child of the Waleses has vastly added to the gaiety of the nation, indeed the world, since he first appeared on the steps of London’s St Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing in 2018 in the arms of his mom Kate Middleton, with dad Prince William standing by.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton show their newly-born son, Prince Louis of Cambridge, to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018.

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The child made his next appearance with his proud-as-punch family in July 2018, when he was christened in a small ceremony at St James’s Palace. His full name? A very restrained Louis Arthur Charles.

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Kate Middleton carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at St James’s Palace on July 09, 2018 in London, England.

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Louis made his first cover when he was snapped with his grandpa, then-Prince Charles—aka Grandpa Wales—by trusted photographer Chris Jackson.

In 2019, little Louis made his first balcony appearance, attending, at the tender age of 1, his first Trooping the Colour, the ceremony which recognizes the monarch’s official birthday. He was the star of the show and, in a sign of things to come, made some impressive hand and face gestures as his mother and father attempted to stifle their giggles.

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Kate Middleton and Prince Louis watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 8, 2019 in London, England.

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He even impersonated one of the aeroplanes flying overhead—spoiler alert, aeroplanes flying overhead often have profound effects on Prince Louis.

There was yet more entertainment when he and his sister Princess Charlotte waved to the crowd from inside palace windows at the conclusion of the day’s festivities.

Prince Louis and Princess Charlottewave from a window of Buckingham Palace as they attend Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2src19 in London, England.

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte wave from a window of Buckingham Palace as they attend Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.

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In 2020, Louis was rarely pictured owing to the pandemic. One appearance he did make was at a special performance of the National Lottery’s Pantoland pantomime at London’s Palladium Theatre on Dec. 11, 2020, to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic. His sister was seen very cutely whispering in his ear as he studiously read the program.

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Kate Middleton holds Prince Louis as Princess Charlotte looks on during a special pantomime performance of The National Lottery’s Pantoland at Palladium Theatre in London on December 11, 2020.

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Louis’s hilarious attempts to silence his mom at a Platinum Pageant on June 5, 2022, to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II resonated with parents everywhere.

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Prince Louis covers his mother Kate Middleton’s mouth with his hand as they attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England.

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The hand-to-mouth moment was soon forgotten in adorable displays of love for his mom, however.

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Kate Middleton hugs Prince Louis during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England.

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It was just the beginning of an hour of priceless royal gurning.

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Prince Louis ‘thumb’s his nose’ and sticks his tongue out at his mother Kate Middleton as they attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England.

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Louis did, however, start behaving himself later on the ceremony—and who wouldn’t with a big brother (Prince George) with a disapproving scowl on his face like this, especially one who’s going to be king one day (Prince Harry, take note).

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Prince George, Prince Louis, and Prince William during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England.

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Prince Louis does vintage—and it’s personal. Here he is aged 4, on June 2, 2022, wearing the sailor suit his dad Prince William wore in 1985 to the same event—Trooping the Colour. His stricken look may echo some of the feelings of the less royalist-minded when faced with such pomp.

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Prince Louis watches a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 2, 2022 in London, England.

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Trooping the Colour 2022 was perhaps Prince Louis’s peak funny face moment, culminating in his ear-covering yelp as the Red Arrows, the aerial acrobatics division of the Royal Air Force, zoomed noisily overhead.

Louis’s antics were all the more adorable given he was standing next to the dignified figure of Her Majesty the Queen.

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Prince Louis holds his ears as he stands next to Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022.

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What, this is my grandfather’s big day, you say? Hmm… Prince Louis steals the show yet again on the Buckingham Palace balcony at King Charles’ coronation on May 6, 2023. And (yet again), a moment of pure bellowing emotion which may be echoed by so many.

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Kate Middleton and Prince Louis stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony as they wait for the Royal Air Force fly-past in central London on May 6, 2023, after the coronations of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

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Louis managed to steal the show from his brother as they returned to Buckingham Palace following the coronation at Westminster Abbey that day. The kid can’t help it.

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Prince Louis and Prince George return to Buckingham Palace following King Charles III’s and Queen Camilla’s Coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023 in London, England.

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On June 17, 2023, Louis had a strategy to make his ear protection way less dramatic, doing his best to toe the line for the first Trooping the Colour held for King Charles III since he ascended to the throne in September 2022.

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Prince William, Prince Louis, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023 in London, England.

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Indeed, Louis appeared more engaged by the goings-on at Trooping the Colour that day; mom Kate Middleton’s smile says she knows she is dealing with a natural, camera-ready performer.

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Prince Louis and Kate Middleton watch the fly-past on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023 in London, England.

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