Samir Hussein/WireImage Prince Louis
Prince Louis is spreading Christmas cheer!
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s youngest child joined his parents and siblings – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – as they leave the Royal Family Church on Sunday, marking his official debut at the annual event. Although Louis, 4, appeared to attend the church service at Sainte-Marie-Madeleine last year, COVID-19 precautions prevented the royal family from making their traditional walk to the service as well as meeting members public.
Prince Louis held his mother’s hand as the family strolled, slightly behind his parents and siblings.
The young royal wore a long navy jacket over shorts with knee socks – a traditional look for British royal boys which Prince George also wore regularly until he was a little older and started wearing pants.
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Samir Hussein/WireImage Prince George, Prince Louis, Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte
After the church service, Prince Louis joined his family in greeting members of the public – although he seemed eager to get home, tugging on Kate’s arm in a hurry at one point!
Prince Louis was not the only young royal to take his first Christmas walk on Sunday. Zara and Mike Tindall took their daughters – Mia and Lena – on their holiday debut, although their one-year-old son Lucas stayed home.
Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice’s stepson, Christopher Woolf, joined the festivities for the first time, kindly holding hands with Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Their 1-year-old daughter Sienna was probably deemed too young to attend. Likewise, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank came without their son August, also 1.
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As well as being their first royal Christmas outing as a family of five, this year marks William and Kate’s debut at the event as Prince and Princess of Wales. King Charles officially gave the titles to his eldest son and daughter-in-law after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, made their Christmas debuts with the royal family in 2019. Wales’ two oldest children are now old enough to join the family at events , including a memorial service for their great-grandfather Prince Philip in March. and the funeral of their great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, in September.
Samir Hussein/WireImage Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Prince William
But Prince Louis caused a stir when he joined his family at events to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her historic 70 years on the throne, in June. The three children took part in their first public carriage ride together for Trooping the Colour, waving enthusiastically to the crowds lining the street before heading to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast.
Prince Louis also attended the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, going viral for his adorable antics (from sitting on Grandpa Charles’ lap to making funny faces at mum!). After the event, Prince William and Kate even joked on social media: “We all had an amazing time, especially Louis…”
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were the new children at school in September, starting at Lambbrook School after the family moved from Kensington Palace in London to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor. Throughout December, Lambbrook has organized plenty of Christmas activities to keep the royal children busy.
Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images Royal Family at Christmas 2022
According to the school’s website, “Christmas festivities and opportunities make it even more special for our students, with each child performing at a Christmas event, including Christingles, Nativities, Singing Competitions Pre Prep House and of course, our End of Term Carol Service.”
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As they prepare their children for their future royal roles, Prince William and Princess Kate are also making sure their children have “normal” childhoods.
Samir Hussein/WireImage Kate Middleton and Prince Louis
“They know what’s coming [as they near the throne] and want to give their children as normal a start as possible,” an aide previously told PEOPLE.
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