Several photos taken by his mother Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month and shared by Kensington Palace on Instagram and Twitter Thursday, show the prince with rainbow-colored paint on his hands.
One of the photos shows a painting of a rainbow, with a caption accompanying it on Twitter: “Share a preview of Prince Louis’ work before his second birthday.”
The palace also thanked people for their birthday wishes, sharing an “Instagram vs reality” post on Twitter of the young prince’s face covered in paint.
In Britain, the rainbow has become a symbol of hope during the coronavirus crisis as the country struggles to stem the spread of the virus, which has so far killed 18,100 people in the country , according to latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Children across the country paint rainbows and place them in windows to expose them to passers-by, or draw them in chalk on sidewalks and walls to spread the message of hope and remind people to stay at home.
Prince Louis, fifth in line with the throne and the youngest of the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born on April 23, 2018 in a hospital in Paddington, west London.
Last year, Kensington Palace published a series of photographs, also taken by Catherine, to mark his first birthday.
The images were taken at their family home in Norfolk, in the east of England.
Earlier this month, Prince William and Catherine called for a video call spread joy
to teachers and students at Casterton Primary Academy in Lancashire, in the north-west of England, which remains open to the children of key workers, including National Health Service staff.
The UK has been locked out since March 24, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently recovering from being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care
, issued a home stay order, warning people to leave home only for shopping, exercise or work if they have to.