The Sweet Hidden Meaning Behind Prince Louis’s Birthday Portraits

Happy birthday, Prince Louis!

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s youngest child officially turns two years old today. In honor of the big day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared some never-before-seen photos of their son. And as it turns out, the photos even hold a special meaning.

ICYMI: The birthday portraits were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and feature the young royal completing a rainbow art project. The sweet shots show the prince with rainbow-colored paint on his hands, paint on his face and, of course, the finished product—his rainbow handprint on a piece of paper.

“Sharing a sneak peek of Prince Louis’ handiwork ahead of his second birthday!” the Instagram caption read. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share new images of Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess this April.”

So about that hidden meaning? Rainbows actually hold a lot of significance right now in the U.K. and around the world, symbolizing hope during the current coronavirus pandemic. In fact, children across the globe have been painting rainbows and placing them on display in windows, or drawing them in chalk on sidewalks—a sweet reminder to stay home and that there are better days ahead. We’re not positive but we’d make a small bet that Louis’s works of art are currently sitting in the window of the family’s country home in Norfolk (where they are self-isolating). 

Spreading messages of hope and love on your 2nd birthday? Way to go, Prince Louis.