Kate Middleton and Queen have close link to beach in Louis birthday snaps

Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a string of adorable pictures of their youngest child, Prince Louis to mark his fourth birthday on Saturday (April 23).

The young royal who is fifth-in-line to the throne beamed from ear to ear as he ran around a beach close to the Queen's private Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Although the beach has not been confirmed, it is likely that Louis enjoyed a day out on Holkham Beach which is a short drive from the Cambridge's private residence, Anmer Hall, on the estate.

The sandy beach is a family favourite with the House of Windsor, with the Queen and the royal family visiting for decades.

Last year, William and Kate chose to feature Holkham Beach in a video as they celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary alongside their three children.

In the moving video, the Cambridge family happily ran along the beach before toasting marshmallows with one another.

However, the Queen along with the late Prince Philip took their four children to Holkham Beach during their retreats to Sandringham during the early years of her reign and as Princess Elizabeth.

In a BBC documentary celebrating the Monarch's 90th birthday in 2016, footage of Prince Charles and Princess Anne was shown, with the two royals playing on the beach.

While watching the documentary with the Queen, Charles said: "It was always such fun playing hide and seek in those dunes, I remember that so well, isn't that funny, vividly."

Before the Queen added: "And in those days, you didn't mind the prickly grass."

Princess Anne also spoke of her fond memories of the beach, saying: "Holkham was a bit off the beaten track, it does look almost completely empty which you wouldn't find now.

"But it was a public beach even then, it's a big beach."

The documentary, Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute also showed Anne and Charles buried up to their necks in the sand alongside one of Her Majesty's beloved Corgis.

"That I remember, it's such a good photograph, that one," said Charles.

Holkham is also a firm favourite with tourists, having been named the 'Best Beach in the UK' by travel writers.

However, it also boasts Hollywood fame, having appeared in the award-winning movie Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, who walked across the golden sands during low tide.

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