Kate Middleton Reveals Prince Louis’ Latest Milestone

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s youngest child, Prince Louis, has just hit an important milestone which is sure it to keep the royal couple very busy. Middleton shared the development with another mom during a recent visit and it sounds like little Louis will be walking in no time!

Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge during visit at Henry Fawcett Children's Centre.
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How old is Prince Louis?

Prince Louis of Cambridge was born April 23, 2018 and is currently 10 months old. Earlier this year, during a visit to Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland, Middleton remarked that the young prince “is already a fast crawler.”

No doubt that piece of news, which photographer Mark Stewart overheard at the time, meant that things were getting quite lively in Prince William and Middleton’s household. Their other children are also young and active — Prince George is 5 and Princess Charlotte is 3.

Prince Louis is moving on to another milestone

As he was already crawling quickly, the next step is walking, and it sounds like Prince Louis is about to get that skill down pretty quickly. During a visit to the Henry Fawcett Centre in Kennington, south London, Middleton spoke with another mother, Kriti, about how Louis is working on ‘cruising.’

Kriti explained after meeting with Middleton that the Duchess revealed that Louis walking is right around the corner: “Louis just wants to pull himself up all the time. He has got these little walkers and is bombing around in them.”

The mom added: “She took one look at Kameron and said, ‘Oh he wants to go walkies. Apparently her son is cruising (when a child pulls themselves up and uses furniture to move about) and she said she was running after him all the time.”

During her visit, Middleton played with babies and toddlers, including two-year-old twins Kamina and Kashay. The girls’ mother noted that Middleton asked what it was like to have twins, and she shared, “I told her double the trouble and she laughed.”

Middleton sat down with the children and their families at the center, which included a “Together Time” session with families and childcare professionals as well as a support session for mothers who can discuss their struggles with others called “Circle of Security.”

When do babies start walking?

The cruising stage is a precursor to full on walking, with Babycenter.com noting of this milestone: “Most babies take their first steps sometime between 9 and 12 months and are walking well by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old.”

The site further notes: “After mastering the standing position, at about 12 months, he’ll start to cruise, moving from one piece of furniture to the next for support. He may even be able to let go and stand without support.”

Once a child has learned to stand steadily and take some wobbly steps, they begin to fine-tune their skills further, as BabyCenter notes that, at 14 months a toddler can stand alone and by 15 months a child “may be pretty good at walking,” with many children becoming a “proficient walker” by 18 months and moving on to climbing and kicking a ball.