May 8, 2021

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Prince Louis beams on his bike as he heads for first day of nursery


With a smart set of wheels, a backpack and a cheeky grin, this is easy rider Prince Louis.

Today is his third birthday – and he posed for this photo on his first day of nursery school.

Proud mother the Duchess of Cambridge snapped the delightful portrait, which was released by Kensington Palace last night.

It was taken at the palace on Wednesday, shortly before Prince Louis left for his first day at the Willcocks Nursery School.

Prince Louis appeared in high spirits as he posed for this photo before leaving for his first day at the Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. The image, taken by his proud mother Kate Middleton, has been released to mark the royal's third birthday

Prince Louis appeared in high spirits as he posed for this photo before leaving for his first day at the Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. The image, taken by his proud mother Kate Middleton, has been released to mark the royal’s third birthday 

First birthday! The youngster showed of his two bottom teeth in the portrait released when he turned one

Last year's joyful portait showed the young prince with paints all over his hands while creating a rainbow picture to pay tribute to the NHS

First birthday! The youngster showed of his two bottom teeth in the portrait released when he turned one (left).  Last year’s joyful portait showed the young prince with paints all over his hands while creating a rainbow picture to pay tribute to the NHS (right)

In an official tweet, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed the photo of Prince Louis had been taken earlier this week

In an official tweet, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed the photo of Prince Louis had been taken earlier this week

This morning, the photo was also shared by the Queen’s official Instagram account, with a bicycle emoji and the caption: ‘Wishing Prince Louis a very happy third birthday today.’

Beaming at the camera, Louis looks ready for his big day, sporting a smart blue and white striped shirt, navy blue sweater and sky blue shorts.

The young prince’s £30 Adidas Kids Duramo trainers look scuffed at the toes, like those of any active three-year-old.

The chubby-faced toddler of previous birthday portraits is growing up fast, just like his brother, Prince George, seven, and sister, Princess Charlotte, who will turn six next month. 

The confident young royal showed off his cycle skills on a trendy Frog balance bike. The red Tadpole Plus model, costing £200, has no pedals or chain.

Prince George at three years old in July 2016

The photo released of Princess Charlotte when she turned three, showing her on her first day at nursery in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have previously released pictures of their children Prince George (left, in July 2016) and Princess Charlotte (right, on her first day at nursery in 2018) when they turned three

Princess Charlotte, pictured with Prince George and her parents on her first day at Thomas's Battersea in London, previously attended Willcocks

Princess Charlotte, pictured with Prince George and her parents on her first day at Thomas’s Battersea in London, previously attended Willcocks

Prince William on his first day at nursery school in 1985

Kate Middleton aged three during a family holiday  in the Lake District

Prince William aged three (left) on his first day at nursery school in 1985 and Kate Middleton (right) at the age of three during a family holiday in the Lake District

Prince William enjoying a bike ride in Tresco on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall in 1989 with brother Harry and their parents Charles and Diana

Prince William enjoying a bike ride in Tresco on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall in 1989 with brother Harry and their parents Charles and Diana

Royal fans have suggested that Prince Louis bears a striking resemblance to Kate Middleton's father, Michael (pictured with Carole Middleton in 2017)

Royal fans have suggested that Prince Louis bears a striking resemblance to Kate Middleton’s father, Michael (pictured with Carole Middleton in 2017)

Balance bikes teach youngsters to ride naturally, by fine-tuning their motor skills, coordination and agility without any need for lessons. Frog is one of the most popular brands and this model has been out of stock for some time.

The heartwarming image comes after royal fans claimed the young prince bore a striking resemblance to Kate Middleton’s father, Michael. 

The Willcocks Nursery School – whose ethos is ‘high standards, excellence and good manners’ – is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Louis is following in the footsteps of Princess Charlotte, who attended Willcocks, in Kensington, before she started at school.

Children can attend the morning session, which costs £10,200 a year, and/or the afternoon session, costing £6,750 a year.

There is also a two-hour ‘lunch club’ joining the two sessions, which would cost £5,550 a year if every day was needed. The total for a child attending all the sessions would be £22,500 a year.

Kensington Palace has not revealed the hours when Louis will be attending, but previously the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have started off their children on morning or afternoon sessions, building up over time to longer days. 

So sought-after is Willcocks that parents can register their children from the moment they are born for a fee of £125.

Prince Louis with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince George attending a special pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre in 2020

Prince Louis with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince George attending a special pantomime performance at London’s Palladium Theatre in 2020

Prince Louis with his siblings and father William in a picture that was released to mark both Father's Day and the Duke's 38th birthday on 21 June 2020

Prince Louis with his siblings and father William in a picture that was released to mark both Father’s Day and the Duke’s 38th birthday on 21 June 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children clap for NHS carers and frontline workers in April 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children clap for NHS carers and frontline workers in April 2020 

Prince Louis making his first appearance with the royal family on Buckingham Palace's balcony at Trooping the Colour - to celebrate the Queen's official birthday - on 8 June 2019

Prince Louis making his first appearance with the royal family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony at Trooping the Colour – to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday – on 8 June 2019 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington on 23 April 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with newborn Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on 23 April 2018

If they are offered a place, they must then put down a deposit of £1,500 which is only returned at the end of the child’s final term if a term’s notice has been given in writing.

As with Charlotte, the royal couple will have been offered the chance to partake in the nursery ‘stay and play’ programme to help Louis settle in.

This would involve William or Kate, or both, attending with their son until he looked settled, then being asked to leave for a short period to check he was happy without them.

The nursery recommends parents equip their child with ‘a toy or photograph from home or a picture of their Key Teacher to take home’ so that the link between nursery and home becomes more familiar and the whole process is sped up.

Last night Kensington Palace said the couple were ‘delighted to share a new photograph ahead of Prince Louis’ third birthday’.

The £10,200-a-year nursery school in Kensington which will be attended by Prince Louis

The Wilcocks Nursery School in Kensington, London, which was founded in 1964 by Miss Diana Willcocks

The Wilcocks Nursery School in Kensington, London, which was founded in 1964 by Miss Diana Willcocks 

The Wilcocks Nursery School in Kensington operates from a hall and one room of Holy Trinity Church and also has an enclosed outside play area.   

The pre-school was founded in 1964 by Miss Diana Willcocks and is currently owned and run by the Headmistress, Lavinia Taylor.

A message on the school’s website reads: ‘Willcocks Nursery is a traditional nursery school which strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners. ‘

At the school children ‘engage in meaningful conversations with each other and staff’ and ‘enjoy story times and benefit from visits to the nursery from a librarian’.

Staff also introduce children to poetry, and ‘high regard is given to developing children’s skills in expressive arts and design’. 

As part of their education, children also visit the Royal College of Art where they create their own works of art, exhibited for parents and the public to see.

They also have regular visits from the Royal College of Music, which enable them to explore the sounds that different instruments make. 

In addition, children can use some programmable toys which help develop their mathematical skills so they can count accurately up to and beyond 20.

Children can attend the morning session, which costs £10,200 a year, and/or the afternoon session, costing £6,750 a year.

There is also a two-hour ‘lunch club’ joining the two sessions, which would cost £5,550 a year if every day was needed. The total for a child attending all the sessions would be £22,500 a year.

The nursery recommends parents equip their child with ‘a toy or photograph from home or a picture of their Key Teacher to take home’ so that the link between nursery and home becomes more familiar and the whole process is sped up.    

Playground fit for a Duchess! Sandringham play area inspired by Kate Middleton’s Chelsea Flower Show garden opens TOMORROW – and its treehouses and woodland walkways are every child’s dream

By Hayley Richardson for MailOnline 

The huge adventure playground inspired by Kate Middleton and built on the Queen‘s Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is finally opening on Friday – after it was delayed due to the death of Prince Philip.

Kate’s Back to Nature garden at the last Chelsea Flower Show featured a rope swing, tepee hideaway and a tree house to encourage children to immerse themselves in nature.

Now the Sandringham Estate, which attracts 500,000 visitors a year, has put the finishing touches to an adventure playground modelled on famous local landmarks – and it is ready to open to visitors on April 23.

It had been due to open on Easter Monday, April 12, but was delayed after Prince Philip’s death aged 99 on April 9, and a period of mourning.

Phase one of the spectacular new woodland playground, which has replaced an existing smaller play area, is now complete with an array of stunning treehouses and walkways.

The huge adventure playground inspired by Kate Middleton and built on the Queen's Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is finally opening on Friday

The huge adventure playground inspired by Kate Middleton and built on the Queen’s Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is finally opening on Friday

The centrepiece of the playground is the eight-metre tall Appleton Water Tower, inspired by the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House

The centrepiece of the playground is the eight-metre tall Appleton Water Tower, inspired by the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House

The playground had been due to open on Easter Monday, April 12, but was delayed after Prince Philip's death and a period of mourning

The playground had been due to open on Easter Monday, April 12, but was delayed after Prince Philip's death and a period of mourning

The playground had been due to open on Easter Monday, April 12, but was delayed after Prince Philip’s death and a period of mourning

The Sandringham Estate, which attracts 500,000 visitors a year, has put the finishing touches to its adventure playground modelled on famous local landmarks - and it is ready to open to visitors on April 23

The Sandringham Estate, which attracts 500,000 visitors a year, has put the finishing touches to its adventure playground modelled on famous local landmarks – and it is ready to open to visitors on April 23

The centrepiece of the playground is the eight-metre tall Appleton Water Tower, inspired by the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House.

The tall treehouse features a 14-metre long tube slide, winding spiral staircase, water play tables with pumps at the top and bottom and talking tubes so kids can communicate. 

The play area also includes a special space for toddlers with two houses connected by a bridge, high walkways, a zip wire and a springy wooden assault course.

A Sandringham Estate spokesman said: ‘The ongoing development of a new Children’s Play Area at Sandringham forms part of improvement works across the Estate, with a view to offering better facilities for visitors, whilst maintaining the landscape and environment for all to enjoy.’

Kate's Back to Nature garden at the last Chelsea Flower Show (pictured there with the Queen in 2019) featured a rope swing, tepee hideaway and a tree house to encourage children to immerse themselves in nature

Kate’s Back to Nature garden at the last Chelsea Flower Show (pictured there with the Queen in 2019) featured a rope swing, tepee hideaway and a tree house to encourage children to immerse themselves in nature

Phase one of the spectacular new woodland playground, which has replaced an existing smaller play area, is now complete with an array of stunning treehouses and walkways

Phase one of the spectacular new woodland playground, which has replaced an existing smaller play area, is now complete with an array of stunning treehouses and walkways

The Appleton Water Tower

The plans for the Appleton Water Tower feature at the new playground at Sandringham House

The plans for the Appleton Water Tower feature (right) at the new playground at Sandringham House. Pictured left: the Victorian landmark

Inside the Appleton Water Tower, it explains how the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House, works

Inside the Appleton Water Tower, it explains how the Victorian landmark, which was built in 1877 to improve the quality of the water supply to Sandringham House, works

The Cambridges spend holidays at Anmer Hall, their house on the estate, and George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, who turns three tomorrow, could become regular visitors to the revamped playground (pictured)

The Cambridges spend holidays at Anmer Hall, their house on the estate, and George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, who turns three tomorrow, could become regular visitors to the revamped playground (pictured)

The tall treehouse features a 14-metre long tube slide, winding spiral staircase, water play tables with pumps at the top and bottom and talking tubes so kids can communicate

The tall treehouse features a 14-metre long tube slide, winding spiral staircase, water play tables with pumps at the top and bottom and talking tubes so kids can communicate

The tall treehouse features a 14-metre long tube slide, winding spiral staircase, water play tables with pumps at the top and bottom and talking tubes so kids can communicate

Later phases will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks.

They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton.

There are also plans for a secret enclosed play structure, inspired by Queen Alexandra’s Nest, a summerhouse built in 1913 on the rockery overlooking the lake on the Royal estate.

Creating Adventurous Spaces Ltd, who have designed the playground, described the huge water tower as ‘a ground-breaking new play feature fit for the Sandringham Estate’.

This is the first phase of the plan for the playground; the next includes plans for a secret enclosed play structure, inspired by Queen Alexandra's Nest, a summerhouse built in 1913 on the rockery overlooking the lake on the Royal estate

This is the first phase of the plan for the playground; the next includes plans for a secret enclosed play structure, inspired by Queen Alexandra’s Nest, a summerhouse built in 1913 on the rockery overlooking the lake on the Royal estate

Creating Adventurous Spaces Ltd, who have designed the playground, described the huge water tower as 'a ground-breaking new play feature fit for the Sandringham Estate'

Creating Adventurous Spaces Ltd, who have designed the playground, described the huge water tower as ‘a ground-breaking new play feature fit for the Sandringham Estate’

The playground proved a huge hit with visitors both young and old today, who were given a sneak preview before its grand opening tomorrow

The playground proved a huge hit with visitors both young and old today, who were given a sneak preview before its grand opening tomorrow

Youngsters, parents and grandparents were seen trying the adventure playground out this afternoon after it was finally unveiled

Youngsters, parents and grandparents were seen trying the adventure playground out this afternoon after it was finally unveiled

Later phases of the project will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks. They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton (pictured: the Appleton Tower feature)

Later phases of the project will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks. They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton (pictured: the Appleton Tower feature)

The planning application was submitted on behalf of the Queen in October and was approved the following month. It was closed for works to begin in December.

As part of the application the Queen was advised to plant bat-friendly flowers around the new playground.

Her Majesty was told the site would benefit from a wildflower planting scheme to increase the foraging opportunities for bats and pollinators.

She was also advised to install three bat boxes and two bird boxes on trees near the huge play area.

The Cambridges spend holidays at Anmer Hall, their house on the estate, and George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, who turns three tomorrow, could become regular visitors to the revamped playground. 

The plans for the new adventure playground (pictured) at Sandringham House which is now finally opening to the public on April 23

The plans for the new adventure playground (pictured) at Sandringham House which is now finally opening to the public on April 23 

The planning application was submitted on behalf of the Queen in October and was approved the following month. It was closed for works to begin in December

The planning application was submitted on behalf of the Queen in October and was approved the following month. It was closed for works to begin in December

Later phases will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks. They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton. Pictured, St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

Later phases will involve additions to the central play area, also based on local landmarks. They include the grade-two listed St Mary Magdalene Church, which the Queen and Royal family attend at Christmas, and the ruined Church of St Mary, which stands near the village of West Newton. Pictured, St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

A play area modelled on the church will be built for the new Sandringham playground. Pictured, Appleton St Mary Church ruins near Sandringham, Norfolk

A play area modelled on the church will be built for the new Sandringham playground. Pictured, Appleton St Mary Church ruins near Sandringham, Norfolk 



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