Prince Louis got a great reception on his first royal walkabout today, especially when he showed he is just like any other four-year-old. Lapping up the attention from royal fans in Sandringham after his family’s traditional Christmas Day church visit he almost got left behind.
Well, just like any other child his age, he suddenly had a panicked moment where he thought he was going to be left behind.
Looking round quickly to see where his sister Charlotte was, he ran as fast as he could towards her.
The sweet moment was captured by royal wellwisher Karen Anvil who was one of the members of the public who had gathered to give their best wishes to the family on the first Christmas Day since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
Posting the video on Twitter she wrote: “#PrinceLouis running back to Dad and his brother and sister . . . giving the security guards a heart attack in the process!!!”
As he runs to his family he is clutching a Santa toy Christmas present which someone in the crowd gave him.
Among the people who waited in the cold to see the Royal family was 42-year-old Gemma Clark.
She travelled with her 72-year-old father Paul Clark from Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, and gave toys to George, Charlotte and Louis.
Miss Clark, who was in a wheelchair, said it was “absolutely brilliant” to meet William and Kate and their three children.
“I love them to bits, especially the children, the children are amazing.
“Prince Louis – I love Louis. He’s always cheeky, that Louis is, but I love him.”
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Miss Clark attended Sandringham on Christmas Day in 2019, when she gave Charlotte a plastic flamingo toy.
A queue of people wanting to see the royals had begun to form the day before, on Christmas Eve, with 67-year-old John Loughrey arriving at 7pm and camping out.
The retired assistant chef, of Streatham, south London, who wore a Union Jack hat, gloves and hoody, said he wanted to show his “appreciation” to the King and Queen Consort.
This year’s gathering at Sandringham is the first time the royal family have spent Christmas at the private royal residence in Norfolk since 2019.
The late Queen had spent the festive period at Windsor Castle for two years in a row, in 2020 and 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, before her death in September this year.
Traditionally, royal Christmases at Sandringham feature a turkey lunch at the house before the family settle down to watch TV, which this year included Charles’s first Christmas Broadcast as monarch.