How a forensic artist predicted Prince Louis of Cambridge will look in years to come
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally revealed the name of their newborn son, and this is how he could look in years to come.
A forensic artist, who is based in Washington D.C, studied recent photographs of Prince William, Kate and their two eldest children.
Joe Mullins then put together an image of what he predicts Prince Louis will look like in the future.
According to Mr Mullins’ predictions the youngster will have blue eyes, dark blonde hair and full cheeks.
He has previously released images of what he predicted Prince George and Princess Charlotte would look like as they grew up.
At the time Mr Mullins’ pictures suggested that the children would both have dark hair and blue eyes.
Royalists and bookmakers alike have waited patiently since Monday to find out the name of the new arrival and fifth in line to the throne.
Joe Mullins has previously released images of what he predicted Prince George and Princess Charlotte would look like as they grew up
The name serves as a poignant tribute to Prince Charles’ beloved great-uncle, mentor and ‘honorary grandfather’, Lord Mountbatten, who was killed in 1979 when the IRA placed a bomb in his fishing boat.
More than 100,000 bets were placed across the UK betting industry on the baby name, with both Albert and Arthur leading the way as the bookmakers’ favourite.
But William and Kate have plumped for a moniker used for centuries across the Channel by the French, who have had 18 kings called Louis.
Following the baby’s arrival, Prince Harry shifts down the line of succession to sixth place.
The Duke of York, who was born second in line, has moved to seventh and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to eighth and ninth.
According to Mr Mullins’ predictions the youngster will have blue eyes, dark blonde hair and full cheeks
Andrew falling out of the top six means he will no longer have to ask the Queen for permission to marry – unlike Charles, William, George, Charlotte and Harry.
The first six people in the line of succession must have the Queen’s consent before they can marry on May 19, as set out by the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
The act’s introduction also saw sex removed as a determining factor in the line of succession.
It has also been claimed that the royal baby has been born a commoner.
Royal historian Marlene Koenig told Town and Country: ‘It sounds complicated, but in the UK, the only people who are not commoners are the Sovereign and peers of the realm, Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron.’
It was always thought that William and Kate would go on to have three children.
Kate is one of three and had a happy home life with her sister, Pippa Matthews, and brother, James Middleton, and is close to both of her siblings.
But William may need to adjust to caring for a newborn once again.
Kate joked in the months leading up to her due date that her husband was ‘in denial’ about having a third.
By having more than two children, William and Kate are following in the footsteps of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who went on to have four children – although there was a gap of 10 years between their second child, Anne, and third, Andrew.