The Prince of Wales has released a photograph of him hugging Prince Louis as he marked his grandson’s second birthday.
The black and white image, taken by the child’s mother the Duchess of Cambridge, was posted on Prince Charles’ official Twitter account with the message: “A very Happy Birthday to Prince Louis, who turns two today.”
“The young Prince enjoys a hug from his Grandfather, The Prince of Wales.”
It is not known when and where the picture was taken.
Charles has been staying at his Scottish home of Birkhall for much of the coronavirus lockdown, where he has recovered from COVID-19.
And the framed image was among several photos that could be seen behind him when earlier this month he opened London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital via video link.
A series of pictures have also been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their son’s birthday, showing the young prince making a rainbow tribute poster and the couple joking about “Instagram v Reality”.
Children across the UK have been creating rainbow pictures as a symbol of hope during the lockdown to put in their windows.
Louis has joined the trend and was photographed by his mother Kate at their Norfolk home with his rainbow-coloured hands on show.
The young prince celebrated his second birthday on Thursday, and his rainbow handprint picture is one of six photos released to mark the milestone.
Kate is a keen photographer and patron of the Royal Photographic Society, who has regularly released birthday pictures she has taken of her other children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The duchess earlier said she had a makeshift classroom in her home during the Easter holidays, with schools closed due to the pandemic.
In a recent interview, she said she found teaching her children at home “challenging”, and added with a laugh: “Don’t tell the children we’ve actually kept it going through the holidays, I feel very mean.”
“It’s just having that bit of structure, actually. It’s great, there are so many great tips online and fun activities that you can do with the children, so it hasn’t been all hardcore.”
Kate also revealed her surprise at her children’s awareness about the coronavirus outbreak, and has tackled the subject with them in “age appropriate” ways.
Louis has rarely been seen in public.