The British royal family has been in the headlines once again, with the youngest member of the family making his first official royal appearance. Prince Louis, the five-year-old son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, accompanied his family on Monday to a volunteer initiative called the Big Help Out, which marked the end of the coronation weekend. The initiative involved renovating a scout hut belonging to the 3rd Upton Scout Group in Slough, not far from Windsor.
According to a statement from Kensington Palace, Prince Louis was dressed in blue shorts and a blue polo shirt, and joined his father, Prince William, on a digger, where he helped fill a wheelbarrow with sand. Meanwhile, his older siblings, nine-year-old Prince George and eight-year-old Princess Charlotte, were seen painting a porch.
This was not the first time the young prince made a public appearance during the coronation weekend. On Saturday, he attended the coronation service at London’s Westminster Abbey with his family. Keen-eyed viewers may have noticed him yawning and sitting between his mother and sister before briefly leaving the service and then returning.
In contrast to his lack of enthusiasm at the coronation service, Prince Louis‘ older siblings were seen dancing and singing along to the music at the coronation concert held on Sunday in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
However, this is not the first time that Prince Louis has made headlines for his behavior in public. At last year’s late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he threw a tantrum and covered his ears while screaming during the flypast, much to the amusement of onlookers.
While Prince Louis’ public appearances have been met with a mix of amusement and adoration, some have criticized the level of attention given to the youngest member of the royal family. Royal commentator and historian, Dr. Lucy Worsley, has spoken out about the media’s fixation on the behavior of young royals, arguing that it puts undue pressure on children who are simply being themselves.
In an interview with The Independent, Dr. Worsley said, “The media are very keen to latch onto any signs of misbehavior by the younger members of the royal family, which I think is quite unfair. They’re just children being children.”
However, despite the criticism, it is clear that Prince Louis has already captured the hearts of many. His appearance at the Big Help Out initiative was met with delight from fans on social media, with many praising the young prince for his willingness to get involved and help out.
As the youngest member of the royal family, Prince Louis has many years ahead of him to make his mark on the world. Whether he will follow in the footsteps of his elder siblings and pursue a career in the military, or carve out his own path, remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: the world will be watching closely.