Prince William and Kate have another reason to celebrate days after Louis’ birth

Prince William and Kate Middleton today celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary – six days after the birth of their third child Louis.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have received a fresh outpouring of goodwill messages in a week that has seen Britain gripped by royal baby fever.

Fans congratulated the pair on Twitter as they reminisced about their royal wedding in 2011, which was viewed by millions in Britain after being televised.

One social media user said: "I’m hoping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be as fabulous as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding."


@merinsdelacruz added: "Wishing the Duke and Duchess a very happy 7th wedding anniversary! I was 13 and I stayed at home all day watching the wedding!"

And @stephwsyip wrote: "Happy 7th Anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!! It felt like yesterday I was watching your beautiful wedding."

Kensington Palace thanked well wishers and marked the occasion by sharing an iconic picture of the couple driving down the Mall in William’s blue Aston Martin Volante with wedding balloons attached.

But any anniversary plans involving just William and Kate appear unlikely following the birth of their second son on Monday.

The little brother to George and Charlotte, who will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London at 11.01am.

His moniker pays tribute to the Prince of Wales’ beloved great-uncle, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, a British naval officer who was murdered by the IRA.



Newborn Louis weighed in at 8lbs, 7oz as a radiant Kate and William showed off their bundle of joy on the steps of the exclusive maternity wing just seven hours after he made it into the world.

The Duke told reporters the couple were "very happy" and "delighted" but joked it would be "thrice the worry" now the couple has three children – Prince George Alexander Louis, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and Prince Louis Arthur Charles.

A statement from Kensington Palace, released at 11am on Friday morning, read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.

"The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge."

The baby is fifth in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild.

William and Kate’s choice of name came as a surprise because Louis is already one of Prince George’s middle names.

Bookmakers had Arthur as the favourite for some time, with James and Philip also popular.

By welcoming a baby prince, William and Kate are following the birth pattern of the Queen and Philip’s children – a son, a daughter and then another son.

The Queen and the duke had Prince Charles, then Princess Anne, followed by, after a gap of 10 years, Prince Andrew, with a fourth child, Prince Edward, born four years later.

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