Eagle-eyed royal fans have noticed that young Prince Louis looked uncannily similar to his father, the Prince of Wales, at yesterday’s Trooping the Colour – in photos taken nearly 40 years apart.
Prince William and Princess Kate’s youngest child has become hugely popular with the public, thanks to his entertaining antics and animated facial expressions. And the five-year-old didn’t disappoint during the royal family’s traditional balcony gathering.
At one point he raised his fists in the air and puffed out his cheeks as he appeared to mimic riding a motorbike. The facial expression made him a dead-ringer for his dad – who pulled an almost identical face, during the balcony gathering at 1987’s Trooping the Colour.
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It would seem that Royals looking like their fathers was a bit of a theme at this year’s Trooping Colour. Royal watchers also noted the astonishing resemblance King Charles bore to his late father Prince Philip, as he rode wearing the Welsh Guards’ traditional bearskin hat.
Over the years, Prince Philip was often seeing horseriding while donning the Welsh Guards’ uniform, as he was Colonel of the regiment between 1953 and 1975.
But all eyes were on the King’s five-year-old grandson, Louis, who rose to the occasion by saluting during the traditional Trooping flypast, which was extended because the coronation aerial display had been cut back in May due to bad weather. The young royal, whose antics during some of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year endeared him to many, also seemed to pretend to ride a motorcycle or bike with his arms outstretched and covered his ears as planes roared overhead.
And when he travelled in a carriage with his siblings and mother, Louis held his nose to possibly ward off the smell of horse manure from the many military mounts.