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Princess Charlotte Kisses Prince Louis In Newly Released Pictures

© Instagram / Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has treated us to not one but two new pictures of royal baby Prince Louis this weekend, with his elder sister Princess Charlotte also making an appearance.

The first photograph of Prince Louis alone was taken just a few days after his birth, on 26 April (he was born on St George's Day, 23 April). The picture shows him wide awake reclining on some pillows after he managed to sleep though his first ever photo op on the Lindo Wing steps.

Sticking to tradition, the picture was taken by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge, an amateur photographer who took the first official images of Prince George and Princess Charlotte too.

In the second picture, Princess Charlotte can be seen giving her new little brother a sweet kiss on the forehead, mimicking an earlier photograph of Prince George doing the same to her. It was taken on 2 May - which is of course Charlotte's birthday. She turned 3-years-old this year.

That occasion was not marked with a photograph release - something that royal watchers have gotten used to - likely because it was so close to Prince Louis's birth and the family knew that they would be releasing these images anyway. After all, they don't want to expose their children to too much public attention.

As royal expert Penny Junor told ELLE UK: 'William and Kate won't want to overexpose their children. They have never been entirely conventional so I imagine they might release a photo in their own time.'