Royal Family news – Queen wishes Prince Louis happy fourth birthday as William & Kate share beautiful beach snaps

PRINCE Louis celebrates his fourth birthday today as parents William and Kate shared pictures of him playing on a beach.

The sweet photographs were taken earlier this month in Norfolk by Kate Middleton.

The fifth in line to the throne can be seen playing barefoot in green shorts and a grey jumper decorated with stars. 

Kensington Palace released the sweet shots on Friday, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share four new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his fourth birthday tomorrow.”

It follows many royal fans commenting on how similar Louis looks to a young Kate – and also grandad Michael Middleton.

The Queen has joined in with the birthday wishes as the official Royal Family Twitter account has released a short message for the prince saying: "Happy 4th Birthday Prince Louis!" accompanied with one of Kate's beach pictures.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

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    Prince Harry announces location of 2025 Invictus Games

    Prince Harry has revealed the Invictus Games will be returning to Canada in three years' time.

    Harry announced in three years' time the Games will take place in Vancouver and nearby Whistler for a “winter-hybrid” style variation of the event.

    Speaking to an audience on the final day of the games in The Hague, Harry said: “As Invictus continues to adapt and evolve, I am extremely excited to announce that the Invictus Games Foundation has selected Canada to host the first-ever Winter Hybrid Games in 2025.”

    He said that the Games will “offer a global platform to expand the range and profile of winter adaptive sports”.

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    Who is Prince Louis?

    The youngest member of the Cambridge clan is little Prince Louis Arthur Charles, born April 23, 2018.

    Prince Louis has only just turned four, which the royals celebrated by posting photos of him on the beach.

    The photos, which show the young prince laughing, were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself on a family trip to Norfolk earlier in April.

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    Meghan Markle ‘was hungry for freebies even after joining Royals’

    MEGHAN Markle was allegedly “hungry for luxury freebies even after joining the Royal Family” and “thought they needed her more than she needed them.”

    Tina Brown, the author of a bombshell new book on the Royal Family, claims that the Duchess of Sussex wanted “leading-lady” status in the UK.

    In the book, Brown explains what Meghan’s life was like just as she was meeting Harry – and how her then blog, The Tig, was her way of getting luxury freebies.

    She explains in ‘The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor — The Truth And The Turmoil’: “She won a reputation among the marketers of luxury brands of being warmly interested in receiving bags of designer swag.”

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    Harry accused of ‘calculated digs’

    Prince Harry has been accused of taking “calculated digs at his family” by a royal commentator.

    The Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden criticised the Duke of Sussex following his interview with NBC’s Today.

    Speaking to Hoda Kotb in The Hague Harry said he has a very special relationship with his grandmother the Queen, adding he is making sure she is “protected” and surrounded by the “right people”.

    Speaking on MailPlus’ Palace Confidential, Mr Eden said that it should have focused on the Invictus Games and its competitors.

    He said: “It was meant to be about the Invictus Games, which is a really worthy project and there are some fascinating stories there.

    “But, oh no, it’s all about Harry. Everything he said, the calculated digs at his family. It was a real hark back to the Oprah interview.

    “It seemed very much calculated and planned for, really.”

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    Meghan Markle 'thought the Royal Family needed her more than she needed them’

    Tina Brown, the author of a bombshell new book on the Royal Family, sheds light on the alleged row that happened between Harry, Meghan and Angela Kelly – the Queen’s dresser and assistant.

    The bickering happened over the choice of the tiara to be worn at Meghan and Harry's wedding, it's claimed.

    According to Brown, Meghan used Her Majesty's trusted aide like a Hollywood stylist.

    She writes: "Meghan did not — or could not — perceive the difference between the Queen’s personal aide and a contract stylist at NBC Universal."

    The Duchess' view, according to Brown, was that "the monarchy likely needed her more than she needed them."

    Meghan wanted a "leading-lady status" in the family – since she had starred in the "equivalent of a blockbuster film."

    Meghan and Harry's representatives have been contacted for comment.

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    Kate previously described Prince Louis as being  being “kamikaze” when he plays sport

    Earlier this year, Prince Louis was described by mum Kate as being “kamikaze” when he plays sport.

    The Duchess of Cambridge made the revelation during an England training session as patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

    Speaking to the players, proud mum Kate said George, eight, plays rugby and netball with girls and boys at his school, Thomas’s Battersea.

    She added: “Now that there is a move towards co-ed sport, so it’s not just girls playing netball, but other sports like rugby, which is great.”

    Of her children’s enthusiasm for rugby, she added: “They’re all enjoying it, Louis is kamikaze, we’re worrying about when he gets older, he’ll be in the middle of everything.”

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    Happy Birthday Prince Louis

    Prince Louis turns four today.

    The fifth in line to the throne can be seen playing barefoot in green shorts and a grey jumper decorated with stars. 

    Kensington Palace released the sweet shots on Friday, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share four new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his fourth birthday tomorrow.”

    He made history as the heaviest heir to the throne in a century, weighing 8lb 7oz when he was born.

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    What makes the monarch laugh?

    AS THE Queen celebrated her her 96th birthday, a royal expert has revealed what makes the monarch laugh.

    There has been much solemnity and seriousness in the Queen's life, but royal historian Robert Lacey says The Monarch has developed a "sense of the absurd", adding that "she obviously takes her job seriously – but at the same time, it doesn't stop her having a sense of the ridiculous".

    And, according to Karen Dolby, author of the Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II, she is also said to be a very good mimic – particularly good in impression of the former Russian leader Boris Yeltsin.

    Laughter is the best medicine, and so the long reigning monarch finds humour useful way of breaking the ice and defusing tension when people are nervous around her.

    "She's quick to see when people are not at ease," Historian and author Sir Anthony Seldon says.

    "The ability to be entertained and to see the funny side of life helps to keep her in contact with people."

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    Harry is keen to mend bridges with William

    A Royal expert claimed Harry wants to use a mediator to help with his ‘very, very difficult’ relationship with William

    It was reported much of the Royal family were hurt by Harry and Meghan leaving the UK for the US, but mainly due to their interview with Oprah Winfrey last March.

    Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl revealed Prince Harry has “made it very clear he would like to sort things out with his brother.”

    Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: “Their relationship is at a bit of a crossroads.”

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    Charles ‘was not happy’ about Harry meeting with Queen

    According to a royal expert, Prince Charles has “reached the end of his tether” with son Prince Harry.

    Speaking about Prince Charles’ meeting with Harry and Meghan at Windsor Castle, royal expert Robert Jobson has claimed: “Charles was not particularly happy about doing it and he only agreed to do the meeting if nothing was said about him whatsoever on American TV.”

    He added: “Prince Charles has reached the end of his tether, they haven’t been in contact and had they have started blurting about that meeting, that would have been the end of it.”

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    Harry doesn't know if he will attend Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

    There has been speculation whether Harry will make a balcony appearance with the Queen during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    When asked about returning to the UK for the event with the Queen he told the TODAY show: “I don’t know yet, there’s lots of things – security issues and everything else.

    “So this is what I’m trying to do, trying to make it possible that, you know, I can get my kids to meet her.”

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    William & Kate congratulate disaster relief staff for raising £300m

    WILLIAM and Kate yesterday congratulate disaster relief staff for raising £300million and pledged to make a second donation themselves.

    The couple hailed the generous British public as they visited the Disasters Emergency Committee’s London HQ on Thursday to hear about its Ukraine appeal.

    The Duke of Cambridge said it was incredible so much had been raised so quickly amid the cost of living crisis and remarked: “We need fewer disasters in the world.”

    Saleh Saeed, the committee’s chief executive, said the couple were so enthused by their visit they were planning on a second donation after giving to the appeal earlier.

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    ‘Superior’ Prince Harry’s ‘trying to prove he’s better than William’

    PRINCE Harry wants to prove he is better than William with a “nonsense” claim he is the Queen’s closest confidante, a royal expert said.

    And the Duke of Sussex may keep attacking his brother and dad to feel superior to them, royal biographer Angela Levin added.

    Ms Levin said: “That’s nonsense.

    “He’s saying he gets on with the Queen better than anyone else because she will say things to him she would not say to anyone else.

    “She would say these things to Prince Philip.

    “He’s saying it in a way that meant he is superior to everyone else in his close relationships. If he meant it, why has he hurt her so much?”

    She added that people have different relationships with different people and that there will be topics she does not discuss with him.

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    Charles ‘was not happy’ about Harry meeting with Queen

    According to a royal expert, Prince Charles has “reached the end of his tether” with son Prince Harry.

    Speaking about Prince Charles’ meeting with Harry and Meghan at Windsor Castle, royal expert Robert Jobson has claimed: “Charles was not particularly happy about doing it and he only agreed to do the meeting if nothing was said about him whatsoever on American TV.”

    He added: “Prince Charles has reached the end of his tether, they haven’t been in contact and had they have started blurting about that meeting, that would have been the end of it.”

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    William and Kate questioned if the Queen ‘needs protecting’

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were questioned about the Duke of Sussex’s controversial comment about ensuring the Queen was “protected”, as the fallout from his incendiary interview continued.

    A broadcaster called out to William and Kate when they left the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) as the organisation announced its fund total for its Ukraine appeal had passed £300 million.

    Harry appeared to issue a veiled warning to those closest to the Queen when interviewed by a US network, saying he wanted to make sure his grandmother was “protected” and had “the right people around her”.

    The duke did not elaborate on whether he was referring to royal aides or members of his own family, but his comments are likely to have deepened his rift with his father the Prince of Wales and his brother William and perplexed palace officials.

    As the couple stepped into their chauffeur-driven car a female broadcaster shouted: “Sir, does the Queen need protecting?”

    The duke and duchess did not respond and continued into the vehicle before being driven away.

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    Harry’s ‘arrogance knows no bounds’

    Royal expert Angela Levin said Prince Harry may keep on attacking the Royal Family to “feel more superior to them”, adding she is concerned about him attending the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Angela Levin said: “Everything’s changed. It’s a nonsense. He’s cut off his family.

    “He’s not a member of the royal family now be he’s hanging onto his royal title in a way that makes a nonsense of him saying nothing’s changed.”

    Earlier today she said Harry’s claim he is protecting the Queen is “a gross insult”.

    She added: “His arrogance knows no bounds.”

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    Queen Elizabeth II turns 96

    Queen Elizabeth II turned 96 on Thursday, receiving a rousing “Happy Birthday” from a military band outside her Windsor Castle home, after a troubled year hit by health concerns.

    The Band of the Coldstream Guards, in red tunics and bearskin hats, played the tribute to crowds of onlookers, before a barrage of ceremonial gun salutes across the country.

    But the queen — the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world — marked the occasion with little fanfare, retreating to her Sandringham country estate in eastern England for a short break.

    No official engagements have been planned, although royal officials released a photograph of the horse-loving head of state with two of her fell ponies.

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    Queen will only confirm Jubilee events on the day

    It’s been reported the monarch’s mobility is reducing and she struggles to get around unaided.

    Buckingham Palace insists Her Majesty still aims to attend as many events as possible.

    The 96-year-old celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year, marking 70 years on the throne; the longest for any monarch in British history.

    Reducing the number of events she will attend is one of the ways, the Queen is managing her reduced mobility as she reportedly doesn’t want to be seen in public in a wheelchair.

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    Queen will only confirm Jubilee events on the day

    It’s been reported the monarch’s mobility is reducing and she struggles to get around unaided.

    Buckingham Palace insists Her Majesty still aims to attend as many events as possible.

    The 96-year-old celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year, marking 70 years on the throne; the longest for any monarch in British history.

    Reducing the number of events she will attend is one of the ways, the Queen is managing her reduced mobility as she reportedly doesn’t want to be seen in public in a wheelchair.

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    Harry and Meghan to join Queen at last Trooping the Colour

    Trooping the Colour has marked the reigning monarch’s official birthday for over 260 years.

    In recent years, the balcony at Buckingham Palace would contain the Queen, Prince Philip, their four children and their partners, their children and their partners and the monarch’s great-grandchildren.

    It’s reported that Prince Charles would change this when he ascends the throne. It’s thought that he would only have those in line to the throne i.e. the Cambridges and their children.

    The Queen, who turns 96 on Thursday, is therefore keen to have Meghan and Harry attend as it may well be the last one they can.

    The monarch’s mobility has also caused her to reduce official responsibilities she can carry out, so this may be her last Trooping the Colour.

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    William and Kate swerve questions about Harry's controversial comments

    The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge have faced questions about Harry's controversial comments about ensuring the Queen was "protected" and his apparent snub to the Prince of Wales.

    The royal brothers, who have a troubled relationship, were confronted with the fallout from the duke's chat with a US television network that left some royal commentators denouncing Harry.

    Harry is in the Netherlands supporting his Invictus Games while his older brother William was carrying out an official visit to the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

    William was asked by a female broadcaster "sir, does the Queen need protecting?" as he left the organisation's offices with Kate, but the couple did not respond.

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    Harry enjoys a pint in an Irish pub and meets the Dutch King (2/2)

    Mr Gulay said he did not send a bill to Harry's table.

    "I said 'Do you know what? This bar bill is mine. I'm so honoured to have you over'," he said.

    "They offered to pay, but I said I'm really happy that you guys were here and the Invictus Games were so good for the pub this week," he said.

    Harry, who was part of a group of about a dozen sitting in the pub's beer garden, was a "really nice guy", Mr Gulay said.

    O'Casey's was named "the best Irish pub in the world" in 2019, according to its website.

    On Friday afternoon, the duke welcomed Willem-Alexander to experience one of the final events at the games.

    The pair laughed and chatted and waved their arms in the air with the rest of the packed crowd in the build-up to the wheelchair basketball match.

    Harry, dressed in navy, handed out the final medals of the games when he presented the Americans with their golds.

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    Harry enjoys a pint in an Irish pub and meets the Dutch King (1/2)

    The Duke of Sussex has met with the king of the Netherlands after enjoying a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub in The Hague.

    Harry greeted King Willem-Alexander at the Invictus Games on Friday and the pair watched the wheelchair basketball final between USA and the Netherlands – with the Americans going on to clinch a convincing win.

    It was the final day of competition at the event, which began in Zuiderpark last weekend.

    Harry enjoyed a quiet drink with friends on Thursday night at O'Casey's Irish Pub in the city.

    Pub owner John Gulay, 51, said Harry had a single pint of Guinness before switching to lemonade.

    "He loves Guinness," Mr Gulay told the PA news agency, adding: "He loves the Guinness, of course, who doesn't?"

    According to Mr Gulay, Harry said "One pint, that's it" and "I stick to one pint and then I'll move to lemonade".

    Mr Gulay said Harry was offered tequila shots but turned them down, and suggested they instead be given to other people in the pub.

    Harry was in the pub for about an hour-and-a-half before leaving to go for dinner elsewhere, he said.

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    Boris Johnson hails Queen’s ‘dedication and faultless service’

    Boris Johnson paid tribute to the monarch for her “dedicated and faultless service” over 70 years.

    Speaking in a pre-recorded video posted on Twitter, the PM said: “I’m delighted to wish Your Majesty a very happy birthday and to pay my heartfelt tribute to your 70 years of dedicated and faultless service to our country and the Commonwealth.

    “Millions of people cherish a particular moment of your reign, and for me, it has to be the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, when Your Majesty arrived, at least figuratively, by jumping from a helicopter escorted by James Bond.

    “And then the trumpets sounded, and Your Majesty made your entrance and the entire stadium rose as one and burst into applause.

    “Thousands of people from almost every country in the world, with a billion more watching at home.

    “And that fantastic moment showed yet again Your Majesty’s unique ability to bring people together in joyful harmony.”

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    Harry doesnt know if he will attend Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

    There has been speculation whether Harry will make a balcony appearance with the Queen during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    When asked about returning to the UK for the event with the Queen he told the TODAY show: “I don’t know yet, there’s lots of things – security issues and everything else.

    “So this is what I’m trying to do, trying to make it possible that, you know, I can get my kids to meet her.”

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